You probably can’t guess how how much fun I’m having with my new story. Peter is turning out to be something of an anti-hero, I think, as I wait for Lucy to make an appearance again. Already there are a some slight, knowing (and therefore unrelated but just nice) references to Mr Tumnal – all my novels are linked in some way however obscurely even across different worlds.

And In Your Own Words is set in a very different world, where I can describe Oxford just as I know and love it but where it exists on the water like in Venice. It’s fun imagining the great St Giles Lake at the centre of the city, and coming up with names for streets that are now canals…


3449 / 80000 words. 4% done!