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.

Book covers

I’ve been thinking a lot about book covers recently, considering how important they are, as the doors that open to welcome readers into our books. They can encourage and intrigue, tease a reader, or maybe put them off completely. Most books feel good to handle, whatever the finish of the cover; matt or gloss; paper, board, fabric or leather. The choice of colour can make a huge difference too to the effect a cover gives and as a book stands on a shelf the spine becomes important too. A cover can be a beautiful works of art in its own right, a wonderful piece of graphic design or a perfectly displayed photograph.

I can’t wait to soon reveal the cover of my new novel, but before that I have enjoyed re-visiting my last two covers, from 2013 and 2014. Click on the links below to see them:

There’s No Sea in Salford

How They Met Themselves

My writing room

Having written for some years at a desk that was far too small, this summer I re-ordered my upstairs writing room. It remains overcrowded ( I may be a hoarder?) but is much more user-friendly, with a peaceful view looking down on the garden for inspiration.

In this room I finally finished my third novel, ‘Lawn House Blues’, about which you will hear more in the coming weeks as publication approaches.