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View of the Olympics from France – and David Walliams’s new book

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 31st July 2012

The south of France is usually heaving with UK visitors at this time of year. But in sun-baked Avignon I didn’t spot any British tourists at all (apart from us, that is). The newsagents’ stack of English newspapers looked untouched and there wasn’t a whisper of an English accent at the historic Palais des Papes. I suspect most people are at home glued to the Olympics. And come to think ...keep reading

Even Kirsty Allsopp would be impressed

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 25th July 2012

Seven years after trundling up the potholed track to view the House With No Name, we’ve just spent our second holiday there. It’s far from luxurious but the place is definitely starting to feel like home. Take the attic. When we first climbed the steep stairs up to the top floor, one room was propped up with steel girders. Why? Because the walls were so dodgy they had to be ...keep reading

The dormouse in the attic

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 23rd July 2012

Lines of Cypress trees silhouetted against a pink sky, fields of golden sunflowers, ancient farmhouses with their shutters closed to keep them cool. Those were the sights that made my heart sing as we drove south through France earlier this month. With London gearing up for the Olympics we decided to escape the mayhem and head across the Channel instead. Not surprisingly, the French were far more preoccupied with the Tour ...keep reading

Boris Johnson booms out Olympic travel advice

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 20th July 2012

My daughter nearly jumped out of her skin as the familiar voice boomed out across the packed concourse at London’s St Pancras station. “Hi folks. This is the Mayor here. This is the greatest moment in the life of London for 50 years. We are welcoming more than a million people a day to our city. There is going to be huge pressure on the transport network. Don’t get caught ...keep reading

Friday book review – Cox by Kate Lace

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 6th July 2012

My desk is piled high with review books right now. But there’s one particular novel that catches everyone’s attention. It’s Cox, Kate Lace’s latest book, which as well as the saucy title has an even saucier cover and strapline. Most important of all though, it’s a cracking story that deserves to fly off the shelves. Fabulous magazine wittily called the book “Jilly Cooper in a boat,” and it’s the perfect ...keep reading

David Beckham’s top ten tourist tips

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Thursday 21st June 2012

David Beckham would be the last person to claim that culture is his speciality. But with London 2012 fast approaching, the list of top ten places to visit in the UK he has compiled for tourism agency VisitBritain is lacklustre to say the least. Despite having a host of cultural treats to choose from, he unimaginatively suggests taking a tour of Buckingham Palace, eating at Tony Lane’s Pie & Mash ...keep reading

Download Olympic Flames for free!

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 23rd May 2012

The crowd roared with delight as the chestnut stallion soared gracefully through the air. The fence was more than one and a half metres high, but the rider and horse made the jump look effortless. When the duo touched the ground on the other side, there was a swell of applause from the spectators packed into the stand. The rider, resplendent in a navy blue show jacket and skin-tight white ...keep reading

Olympic Flames – a novel about show jumping, London 2012 and old flames

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 14th May 2012

My first novel took nine months to write and another year to publish. How times have changed. I’ve just written my first ebook and a week after the publishers gave it the thumbs-up it was available for download on Amazon, iTunes and more. I loved every minute of writing Olympic Flames. A novella, it’s set in the world of showjumping (or jumping, as it’s called at the Olympics) and is ...keep reading

London 2012 – and a day out in Greenwich

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Thursday 19th April 2012

With London 2012 less than 100 days away now, there’s a real buzz in the capital. After the Orange Prize shortlist breakfast on Tuesday I hared across east London to spend the day with my student daughter in Greenwich. When we hopped off the Docklands Light Railway train the very first thing we spotted was the newly restored Cutty Sark, which reopens next week after a £50 million transformation. The ...keep reading

Friday book review – The Bumper Book of London by Becky Jones & Clare Lewis

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 13th April 2012

The biggest treat when I was little was a trip to London to stay with my mum’s great friend Sally. At the time Sally was editor of She magazine and lived in a top floor flat in Stafford Terrace, just off Kensington High Street. In the evenings we listened to Daydream Believer by The Monkees (RIP Davy Jones) and learned a mad card game called Spit that we still play ...keep reading