Great-Great Uncle Arthur's ANZAC diaries retold in real time over on Facebook, alongside nine other people who served in the campaign. Watch it unfold, day by day, with photos and memories and snippets of personal and world history. Amazing. Until the team responsible got in touch about a month ago, I had no idea that Arthur had emigrated to Australia when he was just sixteen or that he'd lived quite the life there until (and after) he enlisted. What a great way to bring this history back to life. The Australians have a unique talent for capturing histories and making them feel relevant and poignant. Wonderful. Do follow the stories as they unfold over the next few days and weeks.
Saturday, 28 March 2015
Do come to the launch party at Foyles in Bristol on 22 April, if you can.
Published in the UK on 23 April, you can pre-order it here.
Friday, 20 March 2015
Thrilled to be on my first panel at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, which runs 16-19 July 2015. I'm Celebrating Highsmith with Martin Edwards, Peter James, Peter Swanson and Andrew Taylor. It's Tom Ripley's 60th birthday..!
You can book tickets here and the full programme is here.
Sunday, 15 March 2015
For Mother's Day, the story of how my mother and grandmother survived a Japanese PoW camp.
Domei News, then Japan's only news agency, dispatched reporters to the frontline in Asia and the Pacific. They sent home almost daily the Domei Photo News, which was distributed by the thousands to schools, factories, shops and public places. The Domei News photographer's task was simple: show the world how content our prisoners are. The photos were intended to appease organisations such as the Red Cross, and convince ordinary Japanese families that the war was being fought honourably.Written for The Guardian in March 2014.
Saturday, 14 March 2015