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My royal reporting career

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 2nd July 2011

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 11-day tour of Canada and California has got me thinking about my own brief sojourn as a royal reporter. Apparently more than 1,300 journalists are covering Kate and Will’s visit, including hacks from as far afield as China and India. My sympathies are with them. For a start, they’re having to be more fashion writers than newshounds. Knowing their Issa from their Erdem and their ...keep reading

The latest Lynda La Plante novel

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 1st July 2011

Crime has never been my favourite fiction genre. I’m absurdly squeamish and hate reading anything gory. But over the last three years I’ve become hooked on Lynda La Plante’s compelling Anna Travis stories. I was gripped the moment I read the first one, Above Suspicion, and have snapped up the rest the instant they’re out. I’m in luck because the seventh in the series, Blood Line, was published last week ...keep reading

Sticking up for Liz Jones

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 26th June 2011

Columnist Liz Jones is a mass of contradictions. She’s forever complaining she’s broke, yet buys Prada, Bottega Veneta and most recently a top-of-the- range facelift. She splashes out on a rambling Victorian pile on Exmoor, complete with 46 acres, then gets fed up and puts it back on the market, saying: “It’s too big. I’ve got seven bedrooms and six bathrooms and about 400 animals.” She finds the men in her ...keep reading

Finishing novel number five – a work in progress

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Thursday 23rd June 2011

Jess Barker trudged purposefully up the footpath. It was seven-thirty on a chilly April morning and the new summer term was due to start in less than an hour. But before the frantic onslaught of lessons, meetings and marking, she needed time to think. At least it was Thursday, so she had 7B, her favourite class, first lesson. Unlike some of the older children, the eleven and twelve year olds ...keep reading

Tips for teens

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 21st June 2011

Where did that time go? One minute my darling daughter was a baby with blonde curls and a penchant for Madeline books, felt-tip pens and The Jungle Book video. The next she’s a fiercely independent student who’s fixed an internship in London for the summer (with no help from me or her dad, I hasten to add) and moved into a rented flat with friends. When I was nineteen I ...keep reading

The dos and don’ts of blogging

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 18th June 2011

There’s no question about it. When it comes to blogging, writer Emily Carlisle really knows her stuff. So when I clocked that she was running a workshop on social media for writers at this year’s Witney Book Festival I hopped in the car and was round there like a shot. I learned so much about blogging in the space of 90 minutes that I couldn’t wait to put Emily’s tips ...keep reading

Jenni Murray and the art of the interview

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Thursday 16th June 2011

Interviewing is an awful lot harder than it looks. When I hear someone doing it brilliantly – like John Humphrys or Olivia O’Leary – I’m so gripped by what the interviewee is saying that I barely even notice how skilful the interviewer is. When I hear someone doing it badly – sorry to say this, Christine Bleakley, when you’ve just announced your engagement – it is excruciating. But the newly ...keep reading

An exciting new literary talent

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 8th June 2011

“The Tiger’s Wife is an exceptional book and Téa Obreht is a truly exciting new talent. Obreht’s powers of observation and her understanding of the world are remarkable. By skilfully spinning a series of magical tales she has managed to bring the tragedy of chronic Balkan conflict thumping into our front rooms with a bittersweet vivacity.” That’s how historian Bettany Hughes, the chair of the 2011 Orange Prize judges, summed ...keep reading

The trials and tribulations of self publishing

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 4th June 2011

Self publishing gets a terrible press. SoI’m always pleased to hear of a writer who’s self-published a book and sold heaps of copies. The latest success story is Dan Holloway, whose thriller, The Company of Fellows, sold a magnificent 1,766 copies last month in the UK alone. Not only that, it’s just topped a Blackwell’s Bookshop online poll to find readers’ favourite Oxford novel – no mean feat when it ...keep reading

The day that changed their lives

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 27th May 2011

The sense of excitement in Oxford on Wednesday afternoon was palpable. Police in fluorescent jackets lined St Aldate’s, a helicopter hovered overhead and an acrobat walked across a tight rope on Cornmarket. Oh yes, and just down the road at Christ Church, Michelle Obama was encouraging a generation of schoolgirls to aim high and achieve their potential. The First Lady’s connection with girls from Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Language College in ...keep reading

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