With the new school year upon me, I will have to really organise myself. I’ve been spoiled by the summer vacation when I could sit in the garden and write 2/4 thousand words a day. Now I will have to juggle, marking, planning, parents’ evenings and writing. A difficult task. However, on the bright side, a day in the classroom brings lots of inspiration – I can go home and commit the murder on paper that I would have loved to commit in the classroom.

As for my own family, my son is accompanying his friends as they cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats. He is driving the van full of tents, spare bikes, food etc. His job involves a lot of sitting around and waiting. Luckily he has downloaded the Mike Malone series to read to kill the time!