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Book review: The House of Hopes and Dreams by Trisha Ashley

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 5th March 2018

Just in time for Mother’s Day comes Trisha Ashley’s entertaining new novel, The House of Hopes and Dreams. The Lancashire-born novelist has garnered plenty of plaudits over the years – Katie Fforde describes her as “one of the best writers around” while Carole Matthews praises her novels as “warmhearted and comforting”. The best thing about Ashley’s writing in my view is that she’s utterly original. She doesn’t follow the crowd, always ...keep reading

Moving On, my second novel – out as an ebook TODAY

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Thursday 7th February 2013

Moving On, my second novel, is published as an ebook today – and I’m over the moon. It’s the novel I’m most proud of so I’m hoping that new readers will enjoy it. When the book was first published it had a lurid pink jacket with daisies scattered across the front but now publishers Piatkus Entice have given it a gorgeous mauve cover (I must say I rather covet the ...keep reading

Line of Duty – the only TV drama worth watching

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 16th July 2012

Line of Duty is absolutely the only thing worth watching on TV right now. Jed Mercurio’s script is witty, exciting and leaves you wanting more at the end of every single episode. The BBC2 drama has a stellar cast that includes the likes of Adrian Dunbar, Gina McKee, Lenny James, Neil Morrissey and Vicky McClure. But up-and-coming Martin Compston gives a standout performance as DC Steve Arnett, a young copper ...keep reading

Victoria Derbyshire and Radio 5 Live’s move up north

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 9th January 2012

What is Victoria Derbyshire thinking of? After giving her boss a hard time on her BBC Radio 5 Live programme about not “properly moving” up north, it turns out that she has only broadcast 60 per cent of her shows from Salford since the station relocated there. Most journalists would give their eye-teeth for a job like hers. Her two-hour show, a mix of news, comment and interviews, goes out ...keep reading

From Noddy to Coram Boy – taking children to the theatre

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 30th December 2011

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to the theatre. My mum always took us to the panto in Bournemouth and I’ve carried on the tradition with my two children. Over the years we’ve seen everything from the RSC’s The Secret Garden (fantastic) to Matthew Kelly in Peter Pan (not so fantastic.) I first took my daughter to a show when she was two. We were living in a remote, ...keep reading

Friday book review – Catching Babies by Sheena Byrom

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Thursday 1st December 2011

When my son was born 17 years ago, we lived in a remote, draughty farmhouse halfway up a Lancashire hillside. The house didn’t have any heating, just a temperamental wood-fuelled Rayburn that was hell to keep alight. We all joke that the reason my son is so tough is because he spent the first two years of his life there. A long, bumpy track led to the house (which we ...keep reading

Why I moved from the city to the country – and back to the city

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 23rd October 2011

My daughter was a year old when I got obsessed with the idea of moving to the country. We lived in Camberwell, south London, at the time and even though I loved the house, with its pocket-handkerchief garden and scruffy Georgian facade, I hated the traffic and noise. In the space of a few weeks, one neighbour was mugged in the next alley-way and another had her bag snatched while ...keep reading

Working from home, Brora and memories of Lancashire

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 7th September 2011

Sitting in my study watching the Oxford traffic trundle past my window (above), I yearn to work in a sleek sky-scraper, with a state-of-the-art coffee machine, decent photocopier and the buzz of working alongside other people. There are lots of brilliant things about working from home – no commuting, no boss breathing down my neck and, until my children turned into ultra-independent teenagers, no last-minute panics when they were off ...keep reading