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Various reviews of ‘The Mistress of Nothing’

20 August 2009 in The Mistress of Nothing | Comments (0)

There’s a good review today in the Independent newspaper of ‘The Mistress of Nothing’.

It has been odd being published this time of year - a first for me - and heading off on holiday as the reviews began to appear.  This time round reviews have appeared across a big range of publications fairly promptly; with ‘A Little Stranger’ reviews were slow to appear, though they did eventually.  Perhaps this is down to the subject matter, Egypt, and Lucie Duff Gordon.  The book looks good, so maybe that helps too.  I don’t have any real sense of how it is going in terms of sales, and actually getting it into the shops.  Several people have mentioned to me that they’ve had e-mails from Amazon suggesting they buy it.

There’s been a number of reviews in places that don’t put these reviews online - ‘Good Housekeeping’, ‘Red’, ‘Saga’, ‘Sainsbury’s Magazine’, plus a few others.

The newspapers, of course, do put everything online, and I’ll list all these links over on the Mistress of Nothing page on this blog - use the link above to get to that page.

Review and Interview on Tales from the Reading Room

19 August 2009 in The Mistress of Nothing | Comments (2)

There’s a terrific review and an interview with me about ‘The Mistress of Nothing’ up on ‘Tales from the Reading Room’.  Litlove’s blog post appeared while I was away on holiday so I didn’t get the change to spread it about the web at the time, so am doing so now. There’s a nice set of comments at the end of the post, including one from an Egyptologist and another from someone who says reading my novel ‘The Last Time I Saw Jane’ was part of why he or she became a librarian!  Wonderful!

litlove

Been Away… Back Now

18 August 2009 in The Mistress of Nothing | Comments (0)

I’ve been away and offline for more than three weeks… a dreamy summer vacation far away from the internet.  Now that I’m back I’m slumped in front of the keyboard, cross-eyed with e-mail, phone messages, diary dates…

I’ve never gone away in the midst of publication before; still not sure if it is a good idea or a bad idea.  The reviews started appearing and I didn’t know about them (except for the one stinker in The Guardian newspaper of course);  I wasn’t around to get wound up by the Antony Beevor article that slagged me off (also in The Guardian newspaper - more on that later); I wasn’t around to get wound up about the reviews that have yet to appear, the sales that have yet to be made.  Now that I’ve returned, and am back on the publication trail for the next couple of months, I guess these things will move to the forefront of my mind once again.  Or maybe not.  Maybe there will always be a part of me that is in the hammock under the olive trees.