★ The Underachieving Ovary ★ September update and pre-order info

I’m thrilled to tell you that ‘Why You Were Taken’ made it into Glamour Magazine. They called it “fast-paced, captivating and imaginative.” As you can imagine, I screamed out loud.

‘The Memory of Water’, free on Amazon, is still number 1 on the UK dark comedy bestseller list, and has had over 12,000 downloads in two months. Mind-boggling!

On the home front, Baby Alexandra is now close to four months old and she’s already helped me launch two books. Maybe that’s why she likes to sleep all the time.

Most recently, she’s been helping me get ‘The Underachieving Ovary’ ready to publish. If she understands the irony of the situation, she doesn’t let on.

                      The Underachieving Ovary
                        On sale 29 September

Does the word ‘endometriosis’ make you want to stick a fork in your eye? No? Then perhaps this book isn’t for you. It’s funny, and (sometimes alarmingly) frank. It contains an impressive array of synonyms for ‘vagina’ and it’s certainly NSFW.
Still not sold? Have a quick read of the excerpt called ‘Project Douche’ that had one reviewer spitting tea out of her nose.

For international readers:
• Pre-order the ebook on Amazon at its special pre-order price of $0.99, or
• Wait to order the POD paperback once it launches on 29/09.

For South African readers:
• Pre-order the Amazon at its special pre-order price of $0.99, or
• Pre-order a signed paperback directly from me.

The special pre-order price for the paperback is R199 (on-sale price is R268).
(Courier delivery is R39. Orders of 3 books or more qualifies for free delivery)

If you are on my VIP readers list, you would have received a freebie — a short story called  ‘Travelling Slacks’. It’s the funniest of the 12 short stories in ‘Sticky Fingers’.

Thank you, as ever, for your support. It means everything to an indie author like me.


What I’m Reading: Blood, Bones & Butter


TITLE | Blood, Bones & Butter

AUTHOR | Gabrielle Hamilton


ABOUT | Gabrielle’s unconventional journey through the kitchens she inhabited through the years before opening her acclaimed New York restaurant ‘Prune.’

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT IT | I don’t think I’ve ever read a more authentic, gritty (yet tender) memoir before. In addition to that — she writes so beautifully — Hamilton’s prose deserves a Michelin star.

WHAT I DIDN’T LOVE ABOUT IT | The scene about the rat. It was an important scene and she was right to include it, but I’ve had a nightmare or two since reading it.

WHO I’D RECOMMEND IT TO | Anyone who loves authentic cooking and/or writing, especially if they are interested in Italy and Italian cuisine.

FAVOURITE QUOTE | So many — but here is one from the first chapter (p.7), when she is describing her mother:

She lived in our kitchen, ruled the house with an oily wooden spoon in her hand, and forced us to eat dark, briny wrinkled olives, small birds we would have liked as pets, and cheeses that looked like they might well bear Legionnaire’s Disease.