Posy Simmonds, the writer and cartoonist, lives in a quiet Georgian square between King’s Cross and Islington in London. From her window you can see a flicker-book of railings and sycamore trees and, if you crane your head, the Post Office Tower, closer than you might imagine. Today a man in white overalls is spread-eagled across some scaffolding, painting the woodwork. Two cars are parked in the road outside: a Volvo four-by-four and a low-slung, gunmetal-grey 1970s Citroën DS.
TAMARA DREWE, which is based on Hardy’s FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, is out in November in the UK. We couldn’t find any official word of a US edition, but it will be available in Canada.