Thursday, 31 October 2013
Back from the Isle of Wight (bad weather, good sessions, both my own and others', and appreciative audiences) and next stop Cairo. I'm going to Egypt to visit my Egyptologist daughter and her twin daughters. I might even re-read one of my own books, set in Egypt, on the journey. Death Beyond The Nile features Tamara Hoyland, who was the heroine in six of my novels. She's a creature born of fantasy, and of her author's discontent, in that she has all the attributes I'd have liked myself, being brave, beautiful, athletic and above all completely independent and free. She is an archaeologist and a kind of spy, travelling along the Nile in an up-market kind of group. The last book she appeared in was Faith, Hope and Homicide which appeared 21 years ago. In it, Tamara falls in love. Spying adventures and happy marriage didn't seem compatible, so I wrote no more about Tamara. But her children must be off her hands by now. I'm toying with the idea of a come-back.