A Few of My Favourite Things


Florence Dollé

Photographer extraordinaire, and darkroom tutor beyond compare. One snowy Easter night a long time ago, she walked up into the hills above Nice and shot The Road to Falicon, the image at the heart of my new novel, Silver and Salt.


V&A Photography

If you can’t get to Exhibition Road, and find your way to Room 100, then lose yourself on this site for an hour or so instead.


Photographers’ Gallery

Hidden away on Ramillies Street, hard by Oxford Circus, is the largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography. There are talks, exhibitions, free shows, and there’s even a camera obscura (weather dependent, hours variable)!

Lucy Pope

The gorgeous photographs of objects featured on this website were taken by Lucy Pope (apart from the brown paper package, to your right, which I found elsewhere.)


Mara Carlyle

Beautiful, intoxicating music.


Open Culture

It’s all free.  It’s all enriching.  You can listen to Margaret Attwood (‘I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment, only…’) and Borges, or watch Diary, the last short film by Tim Hetherington.


British Library

The world’s knowledge. And extraordinarily good coffee.


Southbank Centre, National Theatre, BFI

In between stints away, my family always ended up on the south bank of the Thames.  It’s a part of London that feels like home for me.


Vintage Classics

‘The most stylish classics you can get your hands on…’


Royal Literary Fund Fellowship Scheme

I wish this had been around when I was at university.


Society of Authors

Keeping writers in the know.


Arvon Foundation

The most wonderful way to learn about writing.  And to learn, at Lumb Bank one snowy January evening, how to make a fine Chestnut en Crôute with some of the loveliest people I’ve ever met.


HappenStance Press

Beautiful poetry and more, beautifully made. Originated and run by Helena Nelson. Based in Fife, Scotland.



‘The most influential and consistently interesting theatre company working in Britain.’ The Times. On the road in 2017 is The Encounter, so catch it if you can. Meantime, I’m still humming bits of the amazing musical that was A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer.


The British Council: Literature

When I lived in Jakarta as a teenager, the wonderful British Council sent out a theatre company. Props, set and costumes unpacked, the company took up its station in the Hilton Hotel for a week of performances.  I’m going to put that in a novel one day…


The London Review Cake Shop

Where word meets cake.


The Free Word Centre

Words Change Lives.  Make your way to the Farringdon Road or roam around the site to explore how.