Accidents Happen launch night

I had a great night at Muswell Hill Books, in North London, launching my second novel, Accidents Happen. I am very proud that The Playdate was the shop's best-seller last year, and it was great to be back.

I received some beautiful flowers from my publisher Pan Macmillan, then turned up to find lots of friends, family, colleagues and book-loving locals had turned out to celebrate with me. Accidents Happen is a book about risk and chance, so I talked a bit about my mum, and how if she hadn't decided to do an English degree and fill our house with books when I was 15, and she was 39, I'm not sure I'd ever have become a writer. Chance was the theme of the evening. Two friends I've known for years but never introduced, told me they'd been students together, many years ago. And two more friends came who have the strangest love story of all. Fifteen years ago, they boarded the same carriage of the Victoria Line tube, late at night. When a drunk man fell asleep on her shoulder, he went over to help. They fell in love, were inseparable from that night, and brought their 11 year old daughter to the launch - a happy stroke of chance, if ever there was one!