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Mar.14.2012
I'll be starting my book tour on March 26th, and would LOVE it if you could come along to one of the events - here's a list of key events in places where I know I have friends (and they have friends, who have friends, who have friends ...): California: March 28th, BOOK PASSAGE, CORTE MADERA, CA...
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Feb.01.2012
A bit of a spat blew up last month, when noted historian, Simon Schama, took aim at the enormously successful British TV series Downton Abbey. Schama is, as you may know, originally from that scepter'd isle, and doesn't like what he's seen of Julian Fellowes' take on the aristocracy and the...
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Jun.10.2011
The whirring sound in the distance was coming closer, so I clamped my hands over my ears and retreated under the covers, where the only sound echoing in my ears was the swish-swoosh of blood being pumped around my body.  I remained still for a moment or two, then, gasping for air, I pushed back the...
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Mar.27.2011
I've always been inspired by a certain caliber of woman born in the late 1800's, who then went on to blaze a trail in the early decades of the 20th century, breaking ground for a later generation who claimed "women's liberation" as their mantra. They were among the first generation of...
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Nov.24.2010
For me, the most powerful aspect of the word "gratitude" is its kinship with grace. I believe that when we give thanks -- whether for the best of times or the speck of light in the distance during the worst of times -- we are inviting grace into our lives. With Thanksgiving upon us,...
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Jul.06.2010
A few months ago I bought the entire seven-year series boxed set of The West Wing -- an investment, if you consider the paltry offerings on TV lately. In my humble opinion, it retains its place of excellence in TV writing, and, as far as possible, the writers were sticklers for authenticity,...
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Mar.20.2010
My newest book, The Mapping of Love and Death, will be in bookstores in just a few days—officially from March 23rd. And I'll be skiing! I know that sounds like a strange thing for an author to be doing at such a time, however, I planned this short trip long before the publication date was set, so I...
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Mar.01.2010
I'm very excited—only three weeks to go now until The Mapping of Love and Death, the new novel featuring psychologist and investigator, Maisie Dobbs, is published. In some ways that research work never ends—I find I cannot walk down a London street without imaginging how it might have looked and...
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Feb.17.2009
By the time I sit down to start a new novel, the story I am about to commit to the page has been rolling around in my mind for some time. Of course, there are always surprises - the destitute young girl who turns up on the first page, an unplanned character out of the blue [PARDONABLE LIES]; or a...
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Jan.29.2008
Today, over 300 bloggers, including bestsellers, Emmy winners, movie makers, and publishing houses have come together to talk about THE LIAR'S DIARY by Patry Francis. Why? To give the book the attention it deserves on its release day while Patry takes the time she needs to heal from cancer. First...
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Jan.10.2008
"I've written...about the rhythm of life, be it in the course of our days, or in the events throughout the years which bring us together, for better or for worse. As writers we draw upon these events, those milestones in the rhythm, and we develop character through the lens of passing time....
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