4 days and counting

Boxes full of ‘Lawn House Blues’ are waiting to be unpacked and I’m busy finalising arrangements for our launch on Friday. It’s a privilege to be able to use the lovely and interesting space upstairs at the Nottage for this event and hopefully you’ll have time to look at some of the displays as well as hear more about my book.


1 week to go

IMG_4893.JPG    The Nottage on Wivenhoe Quay.

I can’t wait to release Lawn House Blues to the public at the book launch on Friday 21st September, at the Nottage, between 6 and 8 pm.  Soon the book can fly away from my  desk and off to the wider world, to be handled, read, discussed, talked about, placed on a bookshelf, or given and received as a gift.

After perusing the lovely front cover, courtesy of Spiffing Covers, the next thing people will see is the back page blurb, so here is a preview …

“Lawn House seems to be the perfect English country mansion, with conscientious custodians, beautiful parkland and magnificent trees; however, running a large estate in the modern world can bring its challenges.

Oliver, the present owner, tries hard to be business-like, but ends up treating the place more like a commune than the grand estate it once was. It doesn’t take much for a manipulative nanny to upset the fragile equilibrium of the household and Oliver’s close friends … and when things start to go wrong they go very wrong.

A destructive storm rips the roof off the house, and secrets from the past are revealed, which threaten the future. Can the owners, staff and friends of Lawn House find some acceptance, process these past mistakes, and move forward with their lives?”

If you want to know more about the book, please join me on Friday 21st September. The book will be for sale on the night and thereafter at Wivenhoe Bookshop. For those who cannot travel to Wivenhoe it will be on Amazon as a paperback and in Kindle format. It will also be available on other ebook platforms and is soon to be in more, independent book stores. I’ll try to keep you informed.


2 weeks to go


It’s just 2 weeks to go until the book launch so time to put my glasses on, remind myself about the details in the book, and think about what I’m going to say about Lawn House Blues at the launch event on 21st September 2018 .

I don’t want to give too much away about the plot until the launch but you’ve already seen the front cover which gives lot’s of hints. A writing friend, Sylvia has commented that the cover suggests ‘intrigue,romance and sorrow’ and I think she’s summed it up perfectly for now, in those three words.

I have decided to tell you more about the time it has taken to write this book, and mention the processes involved, realising it has been 2 years and 8 months since the beginning. I’ve noted the ups and downs along the way and this has  developed into an article which is posted on the blog – Wivenhoe Writers . I’ll be talking about some of this on 21st September, but if you can’t wait until then just click on the link shown.

As always any comments will be gratefully received.

Less than 3 weeks to go

Just enjoying the garden while I mull over plans for the Lawn House Blues book launch on 21st September. Who will come? All welcome.

Will people be able to find the Nottage? Park in the town car park and walk down to the Quay.

How much wine do we buy? This is Wivenhoe on a Friday evening after all!

What shall I say ? I’ll keep it brief.

Which chapter will I choose to read ? Now that’s the question. Come along between 6 and 8 and maybe around 7 pm you’ll find out.

Lawn House Blues cover

I love this book cover – it reveals so much about the story and is perfect to entice you in. You’ll be able to buy the real thing from 21st September onwards, from me, from Wivenhoe Bookshop, or from Amazon ( as paperback or ebook). I do hope more outlets will follow.

Book cover Lawn House Blues

Book launch news


I am excited to now announce that in 4 weeks time I’ll be hosting the official Wivenhoe launch of Lawn House Blues.

The evening event will take place on Friday 21st September 2018, at The Nottage Institute, between 6 and 8 pm and all are welcome. Have a look at the poster below to further whet your appetites, and do keep an eye on this blog as the date approaches for more chat about the book …


So join me, and hopefully lots of friends, for a glass of wine to celebrate the launch of my third novel. I’ll try to say a few words about how the the book came together and then choose a small piece to read.

The paperback will be available to buy on the night and thereafter it will be available from Wivenhoe Bookshop and also via Amazon. The ebook will be released a few days later on all ebook platforms.

I really hope you enjoy reading Lawn House Blues and I’ll look forward to hearing your comments.

P and C

I think the logo at the top of my home page needs some explanation.

‘P and C’ stands for Philippa and Clinton, and ‘P and C publishing’ is the name I have used to self-publish my third novel, ‘Lawn House Blues’. The book has been developed and designed with help from Spiffing Covers, visit Spiffing Covers, who provide a full service supporting the self-publishing of print-on-demand books as well as ebooks (and audiobooks if required). Gabriel from Spiffing Covers created this natty logo for me and it now sits nicely on the spine of my book and in the ISBN box.

The official launch of ‘Lawn House Blues’ will be 21st September 2018 – the excitement is building and details of the launch will follow shortly. Thereafter the ‘P and C’ logo is one I can keep and hopefully use for future projects.