A little slow to write this, but wow, wow, WOW what an evening we had last night! With an audience of 17 million watching the football match between England and Germany the Lionesses made history by winning the Women's Euro 2022 final. It was a nail-biting match and really it was anybody's game and not until the final whistle blew did we dare to believe England had actually achieved what had seemed impossible for so many years.
I write all this as someone who isn't even a true football fan, but that's what the Lionesses have done, they've created fans out of people who had previously never really shown a lot of interested in the sport. Their biggest legacy will be inspiring girls to believe in themselves and to reach for the stars.
Apologies to any German readers here, especially as your team played brilliantly and certainly didn't make it easy for England.
Hello there! It's Sunday and it's another race day for us F1 fans!
But before that, and in case you missed it, the paperback for Mothers and Daughters is now out and climbing the charts. We had a massive disappointment in the first week of sales when Waterstones had a logistics problem which meant there wasn't a single copy available to buy in any of their shops. While it's not actually my fault, I do apologise to any of you who couldn't find a copy in your local Waterstones. The supermarkets did me proud, as did the independent bookshops, and Amazon too. But not to dwell on the negative, it's onwards and upwards.
This week I've spent all hours at the kitchen table going through the copyedited manuscript for next year's book. I always do this job in the kitchen, it's another of my many rituals, where and how I work. The job is now done and the next time I see the manuscript it will be the proof copy from the typesetters. That will be my final chance to change anything, or to correct something.
Now then, to the fun of the Hungarian Grand Prix this afternoon! Mercedes have P1 with an amazing and surprising final lap in qualifying yesterday for P1 by George Russell. Lewis is further back but he really likes this track and so if the car performs well, he might be able to finish on the podium. Lando is in an excellent position too.
Of course, the other HUGE sporting event today is the women's football match later today, England v Germany. The Lionesses have played brilliantly throughout the tournament and I'm going to be on the edge of my seat watching them. Sorry to any of my German readers who might read this!
If sport isn't your thing, I hope you're having a lovely Sunday doing something you really enjoy.
Halfway through Mother’s and Daughters, loving Naomi in the story. Beautiful home you have. Enjoy F1 I will be watching later. X
I'm sat reading Swallowtail Summer while hubby watches F1, enjoy x
Ooo another book ❤️ can't wait but yeah I know I'll have to 😢😢
Enjoy your F1 ❤️xx
We have the F1 race on right now. I’m anxiously waiting for your next novel, I absolutely LOVED Mothers & Daughters.
Halfway through Mothers & Daughters & really enjoying it
All settled now for the Gran Prix 😊
So enjoying Mothers and Daughters and Good Luck to the Lionessess later.....
Loved all your books, Mother ,s and Daughters was fab can,t wait for your next 1xxx
Bought 2 on Tuesday enjoying reading it had all your books
Very excited for the new manuscript going in !!! Very exciting Xxx
Hi Erica its 2.40 am Monday in Australia. Delighted mothers and daughters is doing so well it really deserves to.
I’m currently enjoying “ Tell it to the Skies”.
Imagine my surprise to read one of the characters had been living in Australia, in Wollongong, which is where I have lived since emigrating here forty years ago.😀
Love your books Erica.
Is there a list of your books in published date order? I do like to read them in their proper order but some of the lists that I’ve googled are in a different order x
I'm just reading "Swallowtail Summer" housework will have to wait its too good to put down. X
Didn't take me too long to read it, and I can't say the same about many books nowadays. I've deserted a few after the first couple of chapters, but found this one unputdownable!☺️
Can’t wait for next years book ❤️
Your dress is beautiful I just love the fabric!
Congrats with 2nd and 3rd place for UK. 😊
Currently reading Mother's and Daughter's and really enjoying it, just watched the Lioness final what a game.
Erica, got it in Jarrolds in Cromer, Norfolk! So pleased to find it! 👍📖😁
PODCAST NEWS! Hello there from a very hot Suffolk! I've spent the morning pickling homegrown gherkins, pruning the tomato plants to get rid of excess foliage so the sun can ripen the tomatoes, as well hacking back perennial geraniums that have given the main flush of flowers, the Lady's Mantle also has come in for a good chop!
But now I can cool down in the sitting room while watching the French Grand Prix. Anyone else watching? It's good to see Mercedes doing well again, and I'm pleased for Lando snatching a good position yesterday in qualifying. I'd really like to see Charles Leclerc win today. My Dutch readers will no doubt be rooting for their driver Max and I'm sure he'll fight hard to take the lead in the opening lap.
Now for the PODCAST NEWS! I know many of you will have already taken a look at my new website, but here's a link from the website which should take you to the podcast interview I did with JP Devlin from BBC Radio 4. I've known JP for a number of years now so this was a fun interview to do. If you're struggling to find the link, or I've messed up, look on drop down menu for Meet Erica on the website.
So been looking forward to reading Mother’s and Daughters. Started it yesterday and loving it! Thank you Erica. Another superb book! x
It was so hot yesterday in Ontario, 🇨🇦
But I shouldn’t complain because the winters are so cold here
I am enjoying reading Mothers and daughters
Love reading it on my porch when there isn’t a heat alert .
It is such a wonderful book to read I don’t want it to end🏖
Wish it was hot in Wales today as I was walking the Race for life in Swansea....2 hours in pouring rain......just as well I've got a good book to read( think you may have heard of the author!!!) to read while soaking in a hot bath this afternoon. Xx
Hi Erica, it very hot here in Norfolk too. I shall be pruning my tomato and mini cucumbers of excess foliage later, maybe early evening if it’s cooler. Now watching the Grand Prix too. Fingers crossed for a good race. Enjoy xx
My husbands watching the Grand Prix. I have just started Mother's and Daughters 🙂 x
Hubby is watching the Grand Prix. I am in what is usually hubby's office (front spare bedroom) when he's working from home. When he's not in here it becomes what is fondly known as my Reading Room (or the West Wing!). It's very comfy and this end of our bungalow feels a lot cooler than the other end - our conservatory gets up to 110°F!!
Was thinking of you today as I sketched villa Carlotta! Only from a virtual tour but I did visit a few years ago. Gardens of Delight is one of my favourites 🤗🇮🇹
Wet here in Cheshire so it’s house jobs desperate to carry on with my garden tidy up x
Watching the Grand Prix too. Keep my fingers crossed for Max.
Don’t take too much foliage: tomatoes can burn in full sun!
Hi Erica, I've been cutting back perennial geraniums and Lady's Mantle - never ending job but the border looks a lot tidier now.
Oh no Erica, just seen Leclerc end up in the barrier as I was reading what you had said
about your hopes for Leclerc. Oh my oh my he is so angry. Enjoy the rest of the race.
Hi from a decidedly cool north east 🙄
The new site looks amazing
Hi Erica, could you tell me when Mothers and daughters is out in paperback. Thank you.
Awfully hot in Pennsylvania but staying submerged as much as possible
Thank you all so much for your kind messages yesterday. To coincide with the launch of the paperback I now have a shiny new website. If you're at a loose end and have the time, please have a browse. I make no apology for the many, many garden photos on the website, you all know what I'm like! There's book stuff, knitting stuff, doll's house stuff and book stuff, of course! Basically, there's a lot of 'stuff'!
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Just had a peek at your website. What a beautiful garden but I hope you don’t spend too much time in there as I would love another book to read!! Mothers and Daughters was brilliant. 😘
Oh Erica, you are full of so much talent. Beautiful needlework knitting and crochet. I can’t read a crochet pattern but do follow on YouTube. This is a blanket I made for the caravan.
I received my paperback yesterday, cannot wait to read it, hopefully I am going to save it for a much needed winter holiday in the sun, you have a beautiful garden, and your books are brilliant. X
Excellent 👌 website. Love all your photos nearly as much as your books 📚 ❤️ x
So many beautiful photos, and a brilliant website. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks for mentioning it i had a look just now i love all the garden pics and the photos of you and the room you write in and everything else
Lovely website. I do love your study!
Love the early evening garden with soft lights. And have you grown any hydrangeas yourself they are so easy. If I break one off by accident I can’t throw away I have to pot it up 🤣
Fab website Erica!
Crocheting isn’t difficult at all. I taught myself to crochet - I can’t knit - watching YouTube videos, the patterns are easy to follow, you just need to ensure you follow UK terms as the US use different terms for the stitches. Our double crochet - DC - is their single crochet - SC.
A lovely website! Still in awe of the knitting!
Great website. Love all your photos. Thank you. Carol
Love your website Erica and everything on it 💞💖
Hi Erica James i'll have a good browse when I get home day in Haworth today home of Brontes struggling up the cobbles
Love your garden and all the improvements you have made since move there.
I have all your books mostly in paperback so I can take them away on holiday and re read them. In fact enjoyed going through them in order during lockdown kept me sane!!
The photos of your garden are amazing. It’s such an beautiful garden and I love that you have tea and cake in the garden. Just lovely. Looking forward to your next book, I had Mothers and Daughters for Mother’s Day from my daughter. I haven’t read it yet as decided to save it to take on holiday in 2 weeks. Been hard, it’s been burning a hole in my book tbr pile. Love the new website. Take care xx
Hurrah, today's the day when the paperback for Mothers and Daughters is published, so for all those of you who have waited so patiently, the wait is over!
Yesterday I had a great day in London with my fabulous publishers HQ Stories and we celebrated publication with a lunch in Covent Garden. It was particular good for me to meet a few more members of the team who have worked so hard on publishing my 24th book.
Never one to miss an opportunity, I just had to have my photo taken with one of the posters spotted at Charing Cross Station promoting the book!
I must say, I was glad it was yesterday I was in London and not the day before when the UK peaked at a ferociously hot 41c in some parts of the country. For many around the world these worryingly hot temperatures have become the new normal, especially in Australia. Goodness, my readers there, you have my sympathy! While I'm a total wimp and feel the cold terribly and grumble at the slightest draught, I have to admit that 40c is too much even for me.
Take care everyone and if you spot Mothers and Daughters anywhere or see a poster for it, do snap a photo and share it here with us if you can.
Getting mine for my long haul flight to Australia to meet my great grandson for the first time x
I do wish i could tell you why mothers and daughters was so profound for me as there was a situation in the novel very similar to mine but i know i cant as i dont want people to get upset with me for potentially spoiling it for them if they havent read it yet.
What a brilliant book! Heard it as an audio book so that I could listen whilst I knitted, but got caught up in the story that I had to put my knitting down quite often. Thank you for such wonderful writing. x
Really looking forward to Tesco tomorrow! Did I really say that 🤣🤣
Just ordered, will be a great treat for my holiday!
Can’t wait so looking forward to reading it, I haven’t read a good book in ages x
Wonderful book. Loved it
I have to do all my reading on my iPad these days as I can alter the size of script for my failing eyesight. I’ve already read it twice!! I must count how many of your 24 I have in case I’m missing any. Good luck with all you do
I loved this book. Practically read it in one sitting x
I picked my copy up this morning. I look forward to reading it 🙂 x
Lovely photos! Very glad it has cooled down - 40C+ in Surrey was way too much!
Happy publication day!
I loved this so much.
Great read x
I just got mine 🥰 can’t wait to read x
It’s a great story!!
Just going out to get my copy, cannot wait to read this one.💘📚
So looking forward to reading this one. Think it will be the 22nd book of Erica James I will have read 📚 😍
Congrats Best of Luck🌹❤️👍✌️🇧🇩🇧🇩
Many congrats, Erica. May it fly off the shelves! 🥂
Great. On my shopping list.
My copy arrived this morning. Xx
Brilliant book. 👏
I got my copy just this minute from Sainsburys 🥂🥂🥂
With a week to go until publication day for the paperback for Mothers and Daughters, I now have actual copies of the paperback and they look rather splendid.
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I've been lucky enough to win a copy on the Good Housekeeping Book Room page giveaway!
Wonderful book - such a good read! Loved it! Xx
Really enjoyed Mothers and Daughters didn’t want it to end
Cannot wait for this I have read nearly all Erica James books. Have just started Love and devotion. Each one is so different and they are throughly absorbing. So enjoyable 💖
Just loved this book ❤
Can't wait to read your new book - am loving letters from the past in St. Lucia 🏖️🍹
Loved this book
Mothers And Daughters was so good to read. So real. Really related to it. Thanks i love your novels keep writing
Loved this book, can't wait for your next one x
I loved this book 📖 ❤
Lovely story! Looking forward to every new novel! 😊
Such an amazing read xx
Really enjoyed this like many others.
Best of yours for a while, Erica, really loved it
I bought my copy in Launceston and have al ready read it… devoured it more like! I LOVED IT! thank you Erica! I have yet to read Letters from the Past it wasn’t in stock but it’s there now waiting for me to collect it … can’t wait! You are such a clever lady!
Such a good book. I didn’t want it to end. 📖
I can't wait to read it. Just love your books.
My daughter Minnetta Aimee Griffin brought me this for Mother’s Day it’s a fabulous read 💕
I read the hard back really enjoyed it
At 88 I’m far too old to wait for anything. Go for it is my motto now !!
Just finished it, loved it !
A fantastic read
Read and enjoyed x
I bought a copy yesterday in Asda. Can’t wait to read it 📖