Monday, February 18, 2008


I don't see why Sally Howe should get all the photographs of Bakewell bridge on her blog, so here's one I took earlier today. (click on it to enlarge it.)

A couple of weeks ago, Carol from Bakewell library rang to ask me a question about Plotting for Beginners. Two readers had been in to see her and said they had managed to identify everywhere mentioned in PfB, except for one - the pub called the Derbyshire Heifer. Where was it? The answer is that it's the only place mentioned that doesn't have a real life counterpart. I felt as though I had let them down.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Sally and me - competition

Sometimes people ask if Sally Howe is me. The answer is that we have some things in common, but no, she's not me. She is more optimistic, less serious, more fun, but has a tendency to be vapid. I have just read her answers to twenty questions that her agent sent her, and my answers would be different from hers to all but one of the questions.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The baby and the fire

Wasn't that an amazing piece of news about the baby dropped from a third floor window by her parents, and caught safely by someone below?

And wasn't the photograph in the paper even more amazing? The first time I saw it, I felt the weirdest cocktail of horror and relief, and I still feel strange every time I look at it.