“You had to update every fifteen minutes... It meant everyone knew where you were, what you were doing. It was a small price to pay for a world free from crime, free from pain.” - The System

Read with Bear

So I am now officially a writer of picture books. Or, rather, writer of the WORDS of a picture book - I left it to the lovely Jo Byatt to create the pictures. And the book in question is a very special book aimed at getting...

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How to write

I get lots of lovely messages from people about my books, but nine times out of ten they also want advice. Specifically, they want advice on how to write a book. And since I’m in the middle (towards the end actually, but that means in the...

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The System is coming…

So I want you to think about something. Back in the 1940s a man called George Orwell wrote a book called 1984 in which Winston Smith railed against Big Brother, an all-knowing, all-watching tyrant who controlled everything people did, believed and thought. It's chilling stuff....

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Too happy?

Okay, so I'm really happy at the moment and it's freaking me out. Not because there's anything wrong with being happy. It's just that I don't know why I'm suddenly feeling like an exhuberant puppy, can't understand why I'm crushing on my husband like a...

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Wimbledon

Yes, I was watching yesterday. With my very-nearly-two-year-old climbing on top of me for most of it. And wasn't it cheering? Not just the fact that Andy won. That we won (love how we can appropriate the successes of people from our country or team)....

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What do we want? Um….

It's a funny time for women right now. Not funny ha ha, although it's that too - nice to see women on television being funny and irreverant instead of just looking great and smiling a lot. No, I mean it's a strange and complicated time....

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Lose yourself this Christmas…

So it’s that time of year when we lose ourselves in fantasy once more, in a world full of magic, father Christmas, a stack of books on your bedside table, Harry Potter on television, the Hobbit on the big screen. I love fantasy; love the...

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