Deep in the forest… I visited a book club

Earlier this week I braved the flooding to head into the Forest of Dean, where I was warmly welcomed by the Newnham Readers group, a book club set up by local librarian Margaret Ellis. The group chose The Undoing of Arlo Knott as their February read, and I went along to hear what they thought…


A bookish autumn

There have been so many book events over the last couple of months I’ve hardly been able to keep up! Needless to say it’s been great reading from The Undoing of Arlo Knott to new audiences, and getting into a lot of interesting chats with readers about the nature of time, quantum physics, snakes, superheroes…


Read at your own risk: Heroes and Villains

Get your tickets here We’re seemingly surrounded by villains and in desperate need of heroes. But how do authors create them and what can we learn from these timeless archetypes? Day: Wednesday 16th October Time: 7:30pm Venue: Max Minerva’s, 39 North View, BS6 7PY Tickets: £3 (redeemable on purchase of a book) About the authors Heather Child’s latest novel,…


What do the reviewers think of Arlo Knott?

Arlo himself may have raised some eyebrows, but in general (and to my delight) the blog tour was bursting with positive reviews. Check out a few of them below… “Child’s second novel, following the successful Everything About You, combines compassion and a fascinating premise to produce a moving time-slip romance . . . The Undoing of Arlo…

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Arlo hits the high street

Arlo Knott is finally out in the world, having been launched at a sell-out event at Storysmith Books, Bristol. With fabulous hosting from Hugo award-winning sci-fi critic and publisher Cheryl Morgan, we talked about having an undo button for life, plus the power of hindsight, quantum physics and snakes and ladders. The room was packed…


Arlo goes to MCM Comic Con Manchester

This weekend past, I was with Alison Littlewood up at MCM Manchester, talking to a packed audience about how to set a novel with fantastical elements in the real world. A highlight was Michael Rooker – of Guardians of the Galaxy – checking out Everything About You at the Author corner (he’s Mary Poppins, y’all!).

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At last, the beautiful cover of my new book is out in the world! The designer, Ellen Rockwell of Orbit UK, has done an amazing job capturing the surreal, heightened reality of Arlo’s life. The snake is reminiscent of what he grapples with, his powerful, fabulous ego, and the scales seem to disintegrate almost as…


Small publishers gather in Bath

This weekend I was in Bath with Writers Unchained, meeting lots of other writers’ collectives, small presses and other creatives.

It was a good chance for all the publishers based in the Westcountry – like Tangent Books, Wizard’s Tower Press and Silver Crow Books – to come together, get to know one another and share their wares with the public.

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MCM Comic Con London

This will be my second appearance at MCM Comic Con at London’s excel centre. This is where I’ll be if you want to say hello: Saturday 14:00pm – 14:45pm – Creator Stage: Literary Young Guns – Writing a novel is tough work. Getting one published is even tougher. Join Moderator and debut author Tade Thompson…

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Everything About You featured on BBC Radio 4

A lovely surprise to find Everything About You mentioned on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book as one of Peter F. Hamilton’s top six science fiction books. Peter F. Hamilton is the bestselling author of numerous sci-fi novels including the Greg Mandel series and the Night’s Dawn trilogy. Everything About You was one of the more contemporary…


Talking AI at the Dystopian Book Club

James Smythe’s dystopian novel I Still Dream, is also about an artificial intelligence, and deals with many of the same themes as Everything About You. Thus it was no problem launching into a lively and in-depth AI debate when I joined him in London – along with Rachel Heng, author of Suicide Club – at…

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Fabulous book display at Forbidden Planet Bristol

Local authors for local people: Forbidden Planet Bristol set up this excellent table display… You can see Everything About You reviewed in the Daily Mail, Sunday Sport and Guardian. One of my favourites is this intelligent and insightful review from Blue Book Balloon. “We can, if we want, keep the option of living our own…


Starburst gives the book a thumbs-up

Everything About You has received its first review, by Tony Cowin of Starburst Magazine, and what a corker it is too. Everything About You is more than a Gone Girl for the VR generation, however. It’s a deep look at how technology is overtaking more complex threads of our lives. Everything from work to easing decision anxiety. It’s a…