​Lisa Jewell: When destiny strikes

Lisa Jewell is never likely to forget the writing of her latest novel, Vince and Joy (Penguin, August). She began it in the early stages of pregnancy, stopped at six months "because I was too physically uncomfortable to sit down", and began again when her first child, daughter Amelie, was four months old.

Then she wrote the last third while her mother was being treated for a very serious illness in hospital. "It was a strange experience, unlike writing Ralph's Party, where every day was the same--but I don't think it shows in the writing at all," she says.

Fortunately her editor, Louise M...

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