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There is an art to throwing a good book launch. Long gone are the days of warm white wine and limpid company. Now it’s all sparkling conversation, gorgeous frocks and the essential excellent booze. At least, that’s held true for the launches I’ve attended recently where the wine and words flowed and the evenings elided into after parties, dinners and a great deal of fun. In no particular order, here are some pics...

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We made Pic of the Week in The Bookseller – at Angela Clark’s latest launch with a fabulous bunch of writers and...

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My abiding memory of 7/7 is of the silence. I was at home, around 3 miles from Edgware Road tube where one of the first bombs went off. My mother was dying in hospital, my then toddler happily playing at her nursery school. It was like walking in a forest and suddenly realising the birds had stopped singing. The ever-present background hum of traffic ceased and then the distant wail of sirens sliced through the air. I tried my mobile....

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This is a highly topical and really moving TED talk on a subject that means a lot to me as it sits at the heart of my new book. Human trafficking, smuggling – call it what you like – is one of the basest forms of abuse against our fellow world citizens practised on the planet today. These people are often desperate and destitute. Hundreds are feared dead only this morning after a boat carrying 700 migrants sank off...

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My friend Katya kidnapped me. They do that a lot in Bulgaria. She swooped down and insisted we all come for dinner at her father’s farmhouse even though we already had plans. The new Russian neighbours would be there apparently. And she was preparing a feast. Katya’s a great cook. How could we resist? So it was that having stuffed down an enormous steak in a local restaurant we then hit the dirt road to Andre’s place. Actually,...

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