Such a pleasure to see lots of old friends and new faces at the launch event for Every Secret Thing in the beautiful Lake District Village of Patterdale, where the novel is largely set. Many many thanks to everyone who helped - especially Gillian and Tom in the brilliant Patterdale Village Shop, and Mike Town and the Jubilee Singers for letting me piggy-back on their marvellous concert.

 Author Rachel Crowther holding a copy of 'Every Secret Thing' and smiling broadly, beneath a colourful stained glass window inside Patterdale church.

Rachel Crowther signing a copy of 'Every Secret Thing' in Patterdale church, with launch attendees chatting in the background.St Patrick's Church, PatterdaleA view of the launch from the back of the church, with Rachel Crowther standing in the aisle at a lectern.A line of small blue and white boats moored against the backdrop of a flat calm lake, high green hills and blue sky.View from the rear of the church, with a largely older audience, including one mane on a mobility scooter, watching Rachel Crowther as she reads from 'Every Secret Thing'.

News & events

A joy to go back to Cambridge on May 13th to sing evensong in Clare College chapel again with a massed alumni choir and to share a reunion dinner with old friends. 'Every Secret Thing' is set in Cambridge and the Lake District and has a lot of singing in it, so here's a glimpse of the world of the novel! You can hear the wonderful evensong service here (scroll to 'Alumni evensong, 13th May'):

A group of male singers in the chapelThe front elevation of the collegeA group of four smiling people, three women and one man, including Rachel Crowther, smiling at the cameraAttendees mingling in the grounds of the college

Book tour for 'Every Secret Thing' in October taking shape now with bookings from the West Country to Scotland. Watch this space for more details!

Swindon Festival of Literature

Such a warm welcome in Swindon on May 10th, and wonderful to share the stage with two other women writers, Gillian Best and Vanessa Lafaye. A nice review from festival director Matt Holland: "First on stage, on three-novelists’ night at the Swindon Festival of Literature, was Rachel Crowther. Her talk was clear, crisp, informative, and engaging. The audience was hooked. Clearly a writer who knows how to tell a good story..." and a write up in the local paper:

Every Secret Thing launch

Launch party in St Patrick's Church, Patterdale - Wednesday July 26th, 7-8pm, followed by a concert by the Jubilee Singers.

Every Secret Thing is set in a fictionalised version of Patterdale, and a concert in the church features in the novel, so I'm really thrilled that the launch party is taking place there. There will be refreshments, a reading and Q&A, and book signing. Do come along if you're in that neck of the woods!

Patterdale church with a sea of daffodils in the foreground.


Pictures from the Waterstones launch

On a high!

Wonderful dinner to celebrate publication day at Askham Hall

Askham Hall logoAskham HallA copy of The Things You Do for Love next to a plate of delicious-looking foodMore delicious foodRachel Crowther and guestsRachel CrowtherDinner menu

On Twitter

The Things You Do for Love Twitter competition - win the perfect night in

Win a signed copy of #thethingsyoudoforlove and other goodies in @BonnierZaffre 's competition, running until Monday 15th August. Tweet the ingredients for your perfect night in to #win this tempting prize pack! #giveaway

Launch party for 'The Things You Do For Love' at Waterstone's in Guildford, September 2016

Waterstones in Guildford are hosting a launch event on Friday 2nd September from 7-9pm. I'll be reading, answering questions, signing books - and the shop will be open for book sales. Entry is free, and refreshments will be available.

On air

Interview on Talk Radio Europe's book show coming up soon - watch this space.

A preview outing for ‘The Things You Do For Love’ in a summer book club meeting on a punt.

Two women sitting in the prow of a punt and looking at a copy of 'The Things We Do for Love' by Rachel Crowther, while a third woman stands smiling behind them holding a punting pole.Rachel Crowther and a book group friend sit smiling in a punt, holding a copy of 'The Things You Do for Love' by Rachel Crowther

Read an extended piece on the BZ blog about the punting expedition