News

On Thursday evening (March 31st) I will be at Harwich Library as part of the Essex Book Festival. The organisers tell me that the event is now sold out – if you have a ticket, I’ll look forward to meeting you there.

DAUGHTER OF THE HOUSE, my new book is out now in large format paperback – £12.99. The smaller format, with a glorious new cover design, will be out on on May 19 – £7.99.

THE ILLUSIONISTS is available in paperback – £7.99.

BORDER CROSSING, the story of the Peking to Paris rally as enjoyed (endured?) by my co-driver Phil Bowen and me, is available as an e-book or in PoD.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Border-Crossing-Rosie-Thomas-ebook/dp/B00JDL45DU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1399827075&sr=1-1&keywords=border+crossing+rosie+thomas

All my novels are or will soon be available in print under the same imprint, and in e-book as well. Long may books continue to be read and enjoyed – in whatever form.

The Illusionists, The Kashmir Shawl, Constance and Daughter of the House are also now available in the US, published by Overlook Press and available on Amazon.com.  Iris and Ruby will be  published on April 5.

Other titles will be released over the coming months.

17 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
      Rosie

  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.

    Best,
    Dee

    • 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, Flipkart.com 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 Flipkart.com
      Good luck and best wishes.

  6. Hello Rosie,

    I have just finished The Kashmir Shawl and was fascinated by it and the description of Kashmir. I loved the book and really could not put it down. However as I did not know what the Indian words were, I had to make an educated guess. Have you ever thought of putting a glossary of the Indian words at the beginning of the book? Just a suggestion. Looking forward to reading more of your books.

    Best wishes,
    Janice

    • Hi – so pleased to hear you enjoyed the book, Janice. It’s quite difficult to strike a balance between over-explaining terms and being baffling, and so your suggestion of a glossary is a really good one. I’ll try to arrange this if there is a new edition.

  7. Hi I have just finished reading The Potter’s House and am so utterly confused by the ending. Did Kirsty die in the earthquake – was Andreas an angel – if she was a ghost what was the point of her being on the island. I loved the book almost to the end when I could just not figure out what was going on.

    • Shirley, apologies for my slow reply to your question and thank you for getting in touch. I’m sorry the story confused you, and here goes with the explanation.
      SPOILER ALERT!!!!
      Andreas was indeed Kitty’s guardian angel, and his gift was to show her the life she would have had if she hadn’t suffered a life-changing event in her early years (her brother’s death. remember the falling statue?). SO: yes, she did die in the earthquake. And Olivia’s life is her alternative existence. In other words, Kitty and Olivia are the same person, and they almost merge or cross over on Halemni. Hence the unease surrounding the potter’s house. And the way that Kitty can hear the ghosts of children in the old village is explained because she is of their world, not the corporeal one.
      I do hope this now makes sense. All the indications are there in the text, but they are perhaps not as underlined as they should be because you are not the first reader to be confused.
      Enjoy your reading.

  8. Dear Rosie, I have also just finished The Potters House and loved it, and also am chewing on the ‘logistics’ of it. Again SPOILER ALERT!
    Am I right, only one of their life stories can exist in the same world? So when you say almost at the end ‘ In a parallel place ‘ Peter and Lisa arrive at a country hotel etc, that Peter and Lisa and indeed Cary can only exist in a parallel world to that of Olivia and her family? Again I loved the honesty and detail of the relationships . Great read, thanks

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