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My trip to Moscow!

I’ve taken far too long to put this post up – mostly because I’ve been desperately trying to finish the fourth Hounds of Penhallow Hall book, The Secrets Tree before my deadline. (Just made it!)

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone at Eksmo in Moscow for my wonderful visit. I had such a lovely time meeting Russian readers of my books, it was really exciting, and everyone was so friendly and welcoming. Over fifty of my books are now published in Russian, and they have My Naughty Little Puppy, Triplets and Magic Molly coming out next year!

I spoke to so many children who’ve been reading the Maisie Hitchins books – I love it children around the world are reading about Maisie racing all over London with her faithful dog sidekick Eddie.

This is Tatiana, who organised everything, and showed me round Moscow! We’re at a viewpoint by the university where you can get an amazing sight of the city.

It’s such a beautiful city, very busy and exciting. I had to take this photo in the GUM department store as Robin, my middle son loves watermelon. He would now like to go to Moscow too…

This is Iulieta, my lovely Russian editor, and we’re standing in front of a statue of the famous Russian author Pushkin, and his wife Natalya in Arbut Street, where Iulieta and Natalya took me shopping for souvenirs.

I bought a gorgeous brooch in the shape of a tiny lizard, but I was tempted by this chameleon too – it’s a handbag!

This is Marina, who translated for me at all the events. She was very patient, and very good when I forgot to stop talking and give her a chance to catch up…

At the Moscow International Book Fair on my last day Eksmo gave me the most wonderful present – a bag full of biscuits with the Russian covers of my books on! My children were very impressed with this bit…

The really exciting thing is – I’m going back! Not actually to Moscow, but to St Petersburg and Petrozavodsk in November. I’m really hoping it might be snowing, particularly as I’ll be writing next year’s Christmas book by then!

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