‘Maeve Binchy at her best…’

This morning I had a wonderful review of Stake from Kendall Peet, principal of the International British School of Bucharest.

“From the very get go, A Stake in Transylvania promises to be a great read, immediately drawing you in with its intoxicating mix of familiarity and unadulterated honesty, spiced up with a healthy portion of British wit. Always an endearing combination. I’m only 70 pages in and I already feel like we’re the best of friends. One of the truest measures of good writing. Its Maeve Binchy at her best, with endearing imperfections.”

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Ambassadors and presidents at Bookfest


AMB at Bookfest green hatOne of each, anyway. After a lively talk at the 2019 Bookfest in Bucharest, came an entirely unexpected bonus. I was still signing books at the UK Stand, where I’d been one of their special guest authors, when the buzz went round that the President was on his way. I thought it might be worth hanging around a little longer.

The British Ambassador, Andrew Noble, noticed that I was lurking in the background (hard to be inconspicuous in the hat I was wearing), and was kind enough to introduce me to Klaus Iohannis, Romania’s very tall President.

In response to Mr. Noble’s brief outline of my story as a British migrant, the President’s response was short and sweet.

‘Impressive!’ he said as he shook my hand. Then, to my great surprise, he recognised me. “Is it possible that I’ve seen you in a documentary?” he asked. “It’s possible,” I replied.

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Romania at the London Book Fair

A prestigious event at the 2018 London Book Fair was the Romanian Cultural Institute’s evening at Waterstones. On a distinguished panel of professors and a celebrated poet, I was very much the easy-reading grit in the academic literary oyster. My bit starts at 1hr 11mins in. panel-at-waterstones-april-2019

Din Liverpool în Carpati… la New York


My little book went on holiday for Christmas – to New York, USA. My chum Sarah, who bought lots of copies to give to friends (bless her), took a signed copy as a Christmas present, which was received with delight, she said.

But before her friends were allowed to settle down to read, the book was taken on a city tour. Here it is enjoying the sights of a Big Apple Christmas…