Tuesday 1st April, LYTHAM, 7pm        

Plackitt and Booth Booksellers,

87c Clifton Street, Lytham, Lancashire, FY8 5ER

Tickets £3 including refreshments

Wednesday 2nd April, CHESTER, Mid Day

Chester Library – details to follow. 

Wednesday 2nd April, SHREWSBURY, 7 for 7.30pm              

Shrewsbury Library, 1A Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2AQ

Tickets £3 including refreshments

Call:    01743 255308

Thursday 3rd April, OSWESTRY, 7 for 7.30pm                   

Bookabookshop, 26-28 Church St, Oswestry, SY11 2SP

Tickets: £10 redeemable against hardback copy of The Illusionists plus refreshments provided

Friday 4th April, COWBRIDGE, 7.30pm

Cowbridge Book Festival, Cowbridge United Free Church

Tickets £5 including glass of wine

My UK publishers HarperCollins have just acquired my entire backlist from my previous publishers – fifteen titles in all! This means that all my 21 novels will now be available in print under the same imprint, and before too long in e-book as well. Long may books continue to be read and enjoyed – in whatever form.

I will be in Pewsey, Wiltshire, talking to the county Federation of Women’s Institutes, on March 27 and in South Wales at the Cowbridge Festival, April 4 2014. Do come along if you are in the vicinity.

My new novel THE ILLUSIONISTS was published on February 27 2014. Watch this space for more news. In the USA and Canada, the book will be published on July 1.

There are some new pictures in the Gallery of my recent trip to Central Asia.

The Kashmir Shawl  and Constance are now available in the US, published by Overlook Press and available on

Other titles will be released over the coming months.

10 thoughts on “News

  1. Hi Rosie

    I’m currently reading your book “Constance” and was wondering where you get the names for your characters. The mother is called “Hilda”, on page 113 “Hilda answered a telephone call that wasn’t from her sister Sadie”. My mother’s name was Sadie, and I though isn’t that coincidence. Then I read the next sentence, “It was Mrs Polanski, the piano teacher.” My mother and aunt’s surname was Polanski. I just thought that was a conindince too far. Do you just pull the names out of thin area, or are they something you have come across in your research?

    By the way I’m thoroughly enjoying the book; I have read others over the years and will certainly be reading more in the future.

    Claire Parry

    • Hi Claire, glad to hear to you are enjoying the books.
      That is quite a coincidence. But it is only that – I pick names out of the air, with no real thought for where they come from.
      In this case ‘Hilda’ and ‘Sadie’ just sounded of their time and not too modern, and we once had a neighbour called Mrs Polanski so I think that’s where that one came from.
      For central characters I try to choose a name that I like, because I have to live with it for months, and also – crucially – is easy to type. Hence Nina, Dinah, Alice etc. I had an Olivia once and it was a nightmare – I kept getting Oliva and Olivai and Olaiva. I won’t be going there again! At present I’m with an Eliza and a Nancy. Eliza was going to be Grace, until I read a review of someone else’s novel along the lines of ‘the heroine is named Grace, of course, as in every other piece of historical fiction’, so I did an about turn on that! I was at school with a great girl called Eliza, so it’s a happy association.
      It’s all pretty random, but naming names is one of the fun bits.
      Best wishes

  2. Hello Rosie, After reading “The Kashmir Shawl”, which I just bought in Waterstones a few weeks before going away to the F.East on holiday (we used to live in Singapore in the late ’80′s), this February, I was drawn to it because I had a great short holiday in Kashmir, staying on a houseboat on Lake Dal, just before returning to the UK in 1987 – it all came back to me and the memories are very clear – when I finally pass away, my 2 daughters might not know that the tiny silk rug I bought came from Srinagar.. I also went to boarding school in N.Wales and now I see that you were at Howell’s as well (but a bit later..) – both my Mum, and 2 aunts were there under Miss Robinson as head – mine was Mollie K Stone and Nerys Kerfoot Hughes (one of the liver birds) was just a year older – I still keep in touch with one friend and am meeting up with her in a few weeks – we had a reunion of our year in London last March – I was in St.Pat’s house – I have driven into the school occasionally, when my husband and I are out walking but there is never anyone about as it is the weekend. So there are some strange coincidences.. Such is life…. Diana Payne

  3. Dear Rosie,
    I’m drinking up my second of your fab novels (can’t put it down) & want to follow you on Twitter but can’t find you. Please share your Twitterness. Merci

  4. Hi Rosie,

    Can you please tell me why your books are not available in India easily…
    I have only read 4 of your previous titles (Constance, Iris & Ruby, Sun at Midnight & The Kashmir Shawl. Couldn’t find the rest anywhere! Not even in any on-line shopping portal…! Can you please do something about it, so that your readers in India can also get the access to read your stories.


    • Hello again Dee. I have now spoken to my publishers’ overseas sales department about your difficulties in finding the books. If you could let us know your exact location, a representative of HarperCollins India (based in Delhi) will be glad to help directly. More broadly, is your premier online retailer and the physical book listings are certainly hard to follow, although e-books come up more readily. Moves are now afoot to improve my Flipkart listings, so I hope it will soon be much easier to find what you want. I hope this helps – do let me know, and thank you so much for your interest in my novels.

  5. Hi Rosie, it was such a pleasant surprise to hear from you again!! I am residing in Calcutta, India presently. I am glad to know that e-book version of your stories are more easily available. I will definitely try them. You won’t believe I came across one of your book (Constance) two & a half year ago accidentally for the first time and since then became such a great admirer of your writing. Thank you so much once again for all the trouble. Love & Best wishes, Dee.

    • OK Dee, I’ll let the publishers know you are in Calcutta and see what they have to suggest about physical books. In the meantime, I suggest e-books from
      Good luck and best wishes.

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