23 Jun 2021

Blackwell’s Event: An evening with Lucy Atkins & Claire Fuller

About this event

Join us live and in-person at Blackwell’s on Broad Street on 21st July, 7-8pm, for an evening with authors Lucy Atkins and Claire Fuller, who will be discussing their novels, Magpie Lane and Unsettled Ground. Expect dark family secrets, the fringes of society and simply excellent writing. 

Magpie Lane is published in Paperback on July 8th. Chosen as one of the BEST NOVELS OF 2020 by The Guardian, The Telegraph and Good Housekeeping, it tells the story of the vanishing of an Oxford College Master’s child.

Tickets on sale now at Blackwell’s

Claire Fuller’s Unsettled Ground, the story of 51 year old twins, explores with dazzling emotional power how we can build our lives on broken foundations, and spin light from darkness. Unsettled Ground has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize.

Magpie Lane Virtual Book Launch

23 Mar 2020

All physical book tour events are now cancelled, of course.

But we are going virtual, with a Twitter book launch party.

We’ll be drinking warm white wine, eating sausages on sticks and answering questions about writing fiction, getting published, creating characters and anything else you’re curious about.

There will also be a book giveaway, and discounted online book shopping with Blackwell’s Bookshop.

Costa Book of the Year awards ceremony

31 Jan 2018

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With fellow judge Freya North & author Jon McGregor


Last night was the Costa Book Awards ceremony at IMG_3931Quaglino’s in London, a truly uplifting celebration of some of the best writing in Britain today.  The overall Book of the Year prize went to Helen Dunmore’s incredible poetry collection, Inside the Wave, many of them written in the last weeks of her life. Dunmore, who died of cancer last year aged only 64, is the second writer to win the Book of the Year prize posthumously (Ted Hughes won for Birthday Letters in 1998).  Her family (pictured here) accepted the award last night and her son, Patrick Charnley, gave a short acceptance speech that had everybody wiping away tears.  ‘Poetry was in Mum’s soul’, he said.

‘For Mum to win the overall prize is staggering. We’re so thrilled. But there is a lot of sadness that she is not here. But she would have been really over the moon, particularly because it was her poetry … She’d have been so pleased to know that her win would bring new people to poetry’.

The category winners were:

Novel:  Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (pictured above with me & fellow judge Freya North); Biography: In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott Children’s:  The Explorer by Katherine Rundell; Debut: Gail Honeyman’s  Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.


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The Night Visitor launch photos

8 Jun 2017

with beetlesBook Launch night visitor launch crowd night visitor launch crowd 2 night visitor launch noodles 2 night visitor launch signing night visitor launch ted and prosecco night visitor launch with Helen nightvisitor cupcakes There were two parties to launch The Night Visitor. One in Blackwell’s Oxford, and another just a week later in Goldsboro Books, London. Night Visitor_launch invite_LondonIMG_1867 IMG_1848

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