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Hi ,

Today's the day I know a lot of you have been very patiently waiting for. After the End is finally out in paperback in the UK! I loved the hardback version of this book, which stayed in the Sunday Times top ten for seven weeks last summer, but paperbacks are just SO much easier, aren't they? 

After the End is an emotional, hopeful read about finding a new normal after a crisis, and I think it could be just the ticket in these strange and difficult times. 

Read on to hear my thoughts on how to celebrate when you can't be with the ones you love, a competition to win a goody bag, a sneak preview of my TV advert, and a recipe card to help you recreate two of the dishes Iranian doctor Leila cooks with her mother Habibeh! 

In the meantime, here's what the back of the book says...

Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. Only now they're facing the most important decision of their lives - and they don't agree.

With the consequences of an impossible choice threatening to devastate them both, nothing will ever be the same again.

But anything can happen after the end…

p.s. Apologies to my US readers, who have to wait until June 16 for their paperback. Look out for an email very soon, telling you where you can pick up a copy.

Buy from Waterstones
Buy from Amazon
Find an indie store

Buy signed copies

Normally I sign so many books it's harder to find an unsigned copy than a signed one, but things are a little different in the publishing world of 2020! Several independent bookshops have signed bookplates (the stickers you can see in this photo), and my local bookshop, Awen Meirion, have actual signed copies - click the button below to place an order. 

Buy a signed copy
After the End on TV

If you watch programmes on Sky television, keep your eyes peeled for this advert  for After the End. I'd love to know if you spot it! Click below to watch it now - turn up your sound for the full effect. 

How to celebrate when you're apart

Normally around publication day, I’d be on my book tour, with a heavy press schedule, catching up with my editor and agent, probably with a celebratory glass of something cold and fizzy up the Shard in London. It’s fair to say, this isn’t a normal publication day and it’s had me thinking about how to celebrate in these unprecedented times.

Instead of the hustle and bustle of the big city, I’m embracing the slower pace and seeking joy in the little things. I’m really enjoying this rare opportunity to celebrate as a family properly. Although my family usually come to my launches (see above!) I rarely get the chance to spend any time with them, and as I head off on tour immediately after my local launch, it can be a little stressful. 

This week I'll be celebrating remotely. I might not have a TV studio to do my hair and make-up, but I'll still get dressed up and put on some lippy: a refreshing change from the comfy pants that have become my lockdown uniform.

The Shard will instead be a family-cooked feast. We’ll lay the table with “the good plates”, light the outdoor fireplace and enjoy some precious time together without a suitcase waiting in the hall.

Instead of press photos and radio appearances, I’ll take to the phone and Zoom to catch up with my wonderful team who have helped make this launch possible. My interviews - and even my events - are all arranged via video-conferencing, which means no trains to catch or flights to miss. 

Most of all I’ll be taking photos, and lots of them. It might not be a publication with the normal pomp and circumstance, but that in itself makes it extra special. 

Have you had a celebration during lockdown? A birthday, a graduation, a book launch? I'd love to hear the creative ways you've found to make it a special event.

Selfie competition!

If you pick up the paperback of After the End this week, I'd love to see your selfies. I'm planning on turning them into something very special for my Facebook page, and I need LOTS to make it work! Take a photo of you holding the book (it must be the paperback) and submit it via the link below. Every one who enters will go into a draw to receive a goody bag including signed bookmarks and copies of my other books. Good luck!

Send in your selfie
Cooking in character

Finally, if you've read After the End already, you'll remember Leila, the Iranian doctor, and her mother Habibeh. I had huge fun researching Leila's character, spending time with an Iranian teacher, learning about the language, culture and food. Cooking is a huge part of Leila's and Habibeh's life, and I thought you might enjoy trying out a couple of their favourite dishes. I've teamed up with Persian chef Rebekah Jones to bring you recipes for Tahdig and Kotlettes. Rebekah's book, My Little Persian Kitchen, is out in July, and we're busy hatching plans for an After the End themed supper club, just as soon as we're able to meet in person. Happy cooking, and do share your photos! My social media links are below.

Download the recipes
Thank you for reading - your support really does mean so much. Keep reading, and stay safe.
Clare x
Clare Mackintosh

c/o Curtis Brown Literary and Talent Agency, London
United Kingdom

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