'Tis the Season (Almost)

package  This can be a depressing season for writers. Those Best Books of the Year lists start appearing in time for people to do their Christmas shopping  and one must face the fact that yes, there are some brilliant writers out there talking about interesting subjects. And then there are the rest of us. There are a few cases of Mutually Agreed Plugging  –  you stroke my book and I’ll stroke yours  –  and I even spotted Julie Burchill recommending (tongue in cheek, but still…) her own new book. And there are some infuriatingly obvious stocking-filler bestsellers. Terry Wogan just published something. Nothing wrong with Terry. He writes well, talks sense and everyone loves him. But you can’t help but think, ‘did you really have to?’ It’ll fly off the shelves of course.

But anyway, I have to decide to stop being a whining Grinch between now and Christmas and become instead a cheerful giver. I’m offering a copy, signed if you wish, of one of my back-list titles, to the first six takers. I have stock of most of my fiction titles. Admittedly the books cost me nothing. They are gathering cobwebs in my study. My gift to you will be my time spent shuffling slowly forward in the Post Office queue.

Send me a message if you’d like a book. Tell me your preference and I’ll do my best to oblige. First come, first served. Hurry, hurry.


  1. Louise Godbold on November 21, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Oooh! Can I please get a back copy of Ten O’Clock Horses? That book has stayed with me – unfortunately the copy hasn’t!

  2. Gillian Davies on November 21, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I would love The Ten O’Clock Horses too – it’s one of my favourites.

  3. Jenny Walker on November 21, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    As I have all your books from way back – the 60’s even – would be happy with a shopping list.

    But “Homemakers” is my fav.

    I do hope 2015 is a little easier.


  4. Lucy Mitchell on November 22, 2014 at 4:05 am

    I’d love another At Sea. Had it, read it twice, gave it away and now desperately want to read it again. This is a very generous offer – there are very few people for whom I will stand in a Post Office queue.

  5. Cliona mitchell on November 22, 2014 at 5:13 am

    What a kind & thoughtful gesture Laurie graham
    I would love for you to choose your favourite & send
    It to me as I love surprises at Christmas!

  6. Laura L. Sullivan on November 22, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I have every one of your books except The Unfortunates. I’d love to have a copy! I read a library copy ages ago under its dreadful alternate title The Great Husband Hunt. (I’m in the US, so I’d completely understand if you’d rather avoid outrageous postage.)

  7. Anne Bond on November 23, 2014 at 12:15 am

    I’d be thrilled to have Perfect Meringues, please! A perfect book x

  8. Jane on November 23, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I have all your books except for Dress Circle (read it and love it but my copy disappeared) and the last 2, which I don’t think are released in the US yet. Like Laura, I understand that postage is prohibitive, and don’t expect them — just wanted to add to the chorus of devotees!

  9. Penny Hankey on November 23, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I posted this yesterday but it disappeared! Was just saying that my favourite is The Importance of Being Kennedy but a close second would be Homemakers. I’m currently reading The Grand Duchess of Nowhere and thoroughly enjoying it. I’ve read all of your books, I own some and have borrowed the rest from the library.

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