bigger cA new book at last! The Curious Tale of The Lady Caraboo is out in now, published by Random House.  And I so LOVE the cover by Laura Bird and Bella Otak. Annie Eaton, the publisher has already tipped it as one to watch in a New Year round up in Books for Keeps. It’s definitely YA and is inspired by the true story of Mary Willcox a cobblers daughter from Devon who became a cause celebre in Georgian England. The blurb on the back says;

Out of the blue arrives an exotic young woman from a foreign land. Fearless and strong ‘Princess’ Caraboo rises above the suspicions of the wealthy family who take her in. But who is the real Caraboo? In a world where it seems everyone is playing a role, could she be an ordinary girl with a tragic past? Is she a confidence trickster? Or is she the princess everyone wants her to be? Whoever she is, she will steal your heart…


There’s a rather brilliant blog tour where you can read lovely reviews and find out more about the book with  a Youtube review from @SableCaught

A wonderful couple of reviews from the wonderful FlutteringButterfiles here.

and The DarkDictator here.

and Maia Moore here.

and some handy recs and my top list of Historical PoC here at the Bibliomanic  here  and here at The Reading Fangirl

Thanks to all wonderful bloggers and to wonderful Wei Ming Kam for her brilliant organisation.


In February  I have a brand new short story in this gorgeous anthology;  Love Hurts edited by Malorie Blackman, alongside such brilliant writers as Patrick Ness, Gayle Foreman and Philip Pullman.

My Film and TV work includes Bullet Boy directed by Saul Dibb and Rough Crossings with Simon Schama for BBC2 as well as Holby City – my next episode is broadcast next February.

I’ve also written for Radio and my play, Fresh Berries, was on BBC Radio 3. It was nominated for the prestigious Prix Italia and the Imison Award for Radio Drama.

I am a self confessed rubbish blogger. But you can find me at The History Girls too, here  on the 14th of every month and at Girls Heart Books on the 28th…..