Many of you know that my shepherd’s hut caught fire, due to a faulty woodburning stove. I’ve decided to take this little set-back as a warning sign, and I’m having a much-needed break from writing work. I’m a workaholic, so this is going to be an interesting challenge. In the meantime, I’m continuing to work on my Charity, ReLit, and to review books for the Times. The Good news is that Bathsheda can be restored to her former glory–with a safer woodburner. Virginia Woolf wrote of the importance for women of a ‘room of her own’. I think it’s especially true for those of us who are writers. I know that I need a room of my own so that I can think and write and read. That’s why I’m taking time out. Next stop, Paris.