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I’ve just come back from a wonderful trip to the Moscow Book Fair. It was so lovely to go back – almost exactly two years after my first trip to Moscow.

Thanks so much for Eksmo for inviting me, and to Nailia and Dasha for all their brilliant organising!

It was very good timing to be in Moscow, too – the city’s 872nd birthday, with lots of celebrations going on. This is me with Dasha in Red Square, wearing party hats!

There were lots of fabulous street performers.

I’ve been trying to learn some Russian as I have lots of Russian readers, so I was really excited to see that this archway said “goroda” on it – the Russian for city. It’s saying Happy City Day.

I had two lovely events, one at the book fair – which was held in a really beautiful park:

So many excited readers!

I loved the gorgeous cut out of Scout from The Unwanted Puppy!

There was actually a kitten too – ginger Bootle from The Missing Kitten – but he’d been hugged too much and went a bit wobbly!

Thanks so much to everyone at Eksmo, and to all the lovely readers I met!

Moscow this weekend!

So excited about going to the Moscow Book Fair this weekend!

My events are Saturday 8th September at the Fair, Pavilion 75 at 1pm, with signing afterwards.

Then at Chitay Gorod Bookshop, Megamall “European”, Kievsky Train station square 2, 4th Floor at 5pm.

Hoping to see lots of readers there!

Exciting news

I’m hopefully going to visit Moscow again this year – for the Moscow Book Fair early in September. Exact dates and more details when I have them! This photo is from my lovely trip back in 2017.

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!


I am going to Moscow in a few days’ time! I’m so excited, as I haven’t been there since I was a student on a theatre tour – and that’s a scarily long time ago.

My lovely Russian publishers, Eksmo, have invited me to visit to celebrate ten years of the Moscow International Book Fair, VDNKH.

So, I will be in Moscow on September 8th and 9th.

8th 2-3pm
Bookshop “Detski mir”
(ул. Воздвиженка, 10)

8th 5-6pm
Shopping Center “Evropeyski” (пл. Киевского вокзала, 2)

9th 11am-1pm at the Moscow International Book Fair.

I’m so excited – and hoping to meet some of the lovely Russian readers who have emailed me!

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