A. 'Since I've been loving you' by Led Zeppelin; 'Persuasion' by Richard Thompson; 'Let's Do It' by Ella Fitzgerald; 'Rule Britannia' by Thomas Arne; 'True Love', Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly
A. Romantic hero? I have a longterm crush on Luke the Real Man from "Rachel's Holiday" by Marian Keyes: not only is he tall, dark and Irish, he's also strong yet sensitive - swoon. I've also loved Jane Austen's Emma Woodhouse since I read 'Emma' at school. She feels like a very modern heroine, even in that nineteenth century setting - Emma worries about coasting by on charm, but doesn't do much about improving herself; she gossips and sets up her friends on dates, instead of examining her own heart; she can't resist a wisecrack, up to the moment when she humiliates poor silly Miss Bates at the picnic and feels the wrath of Knightley as well as her own guilt. The novel's nearly two hundred years old, but who hasn't let a cruel comment slip in the office kitchen, only to cringe at that 'you've gone too far!' tumbleweed - and realised, to their horror, that their work crush is listening in? And yet Emma learns, sort of, so there's hope for all of us careless wisecrackers (by which I mean me). Having said that, I'm not sure being Mrs Knightley would be quite as much fun as being Mrs Darcy, but that's a whole other discussion.
A. In Galway, eating oysters and drinking Guinness
A. When I'm in New York, I am the most English person you will ever, ever meet.
Are you in America? Do you want to read Honeymoon Hotel before everyone else (apart from my mum and my editor)? Are you on Goodreads? Then… you need to click here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/104503-honeymoon-hotel May the Reading Gods smile down upon you! Everyone else, it’s out September 16th, in the US, and September 11th in the [...]
Wash. Shave. Give the rings to the best man. Say something really nice about your mother and her mother in your speech. Arrange for flowers to be delivered the first day she’s back at work after the honeymoon. Turn up to the church in good time. That’s it. Good luck.
Second in an occasional Honeymoon Hotel-inspired series comes this: how to be the bride of everyone else’s dreams. Everyone loves a bride. Not everyone loves a Bridezilla. But like BO and really sleazy boyfriends, no one tells you until it’s, well, too late. Here are a few hints, garnered from extensive wedding attendance and a [...]
Dear Honey My younger brother is staying in my flat while he does work experience in London this summer. I understand now why my mum was so excited to get him out of her house for a few weeks: my flat’s gone from pristine (ish) to pigsty in a matter of days. He leaves trails [...]
Hello! In honour of the soon-to-be-published new book, Honeymoon Hotel, (out Sept!!) I thought I’d offer some hints and tips gleaned from a whole year spent immersed in wedding magazines, other people’s weddings, wedding websites and some anecdotes offered by friends which, as usual, were far too juicy and outrageous to put into the actual [...]
Do you? (I should add, for American readers, that The Vintage Girl is the UK title of Swept Off Her Feet…) Well, you need to click here – http://extracts.quercusbooks.co.uk/vintage-girl/ It’s out in the shops from February 13th, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Competitions to follow, so watch out on Twitter and Facebook for announcements! [...]
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Happy new year! I know, it’s very late. I’m sorry. I feel as if I should declare a Hester New Year, a bit like the Chinese New Year, since I’ve only just wrestled 2013 under control and stuffed it into a box, had a brief nap, and am now rolling my sleeves up for 2014. [...]
Now, if that’s not a brilliant reason to name your son George, I don’t know what is. One of my very first crushes, right there. I mean, look at the fellow! A fine upstanding member of the Royal Family, a young man with magnificent calves, an unparalleled collection of socks, and a butler with more [...]
As part of the really terribly arduous research process for my new novel, which takes place in a hotel with a famous cocktail bar, I’ve set myself the challenge of making a cocktail every Friday afternoon at 4pm. And I’m tweeting the results, so you can cocktail-along-at-home if you want to… Look for the hashtag [...]
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