Readers of my newsletter will already know something about this book, but it’s now official: I have moved from Transworld to Orion, whose Gollancz imprint have been publishing my fantasy books for some years, and they will be publishing THE STRAWBERRY THIEF in April next year. You can read more about it in this piece from The Bookseller.

THE STRAWBERRY THIEF is the fourth book in a sequence that began with CHOCOLAT, the last of which, PEACHES FOR MONSIEUR LE CURE, was published seven years ago. Why the long wait? Well, although it may seem that I move from one genre to another without much logic, my writing moves in a kind of elliptical orbit, visiting a number of satellites (fantasy, psychological thrillers, literary fiction) once every six or seven years. Lansquenet-sous-Tannes is one of those satellites, and I always feel particularly happy to find myself once more able to reconnect with Vianne Rocher and her daughters.

I’ll be posting the occasional extract for my supporters to read on ko-fi, and for those who subscribe to my monthly newsletter. We should have cover art soon, too, as well as some advance notice of events next year – so keep watching for details…



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