Lucy Cruickshanks

Author of THE TRADER OF SAIGON (2013) and THE ROAD TO RANGOON (September 2015). Published by Quercus.

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New fiction discovery website –

I’m so excited today to announce the launch of my brand spanking new fiction discovery website, Bookaxe, which makes it quicker and easier for readers to find books they’ll love.

It’s been born from some of my learnings and frustrations from my publishing experience, as well as my experience as a buyer on sites like Amazon and Waterstones. There are so many books to choose from but the ways in which retailers allow you to search can make it difficult to see beyond the names and titles that you already know, or those that are relentless marketed.

In a nutshell, Bookaxe changes the ways in which readers source fiction.

  • We categorise books more accurately by their content, allowing readers to be more targeted in their searches
  • We create a profile of every readers’ likes and dislikes, which we use to make more precise and reliable recommendations
  •  We’ve done away with one-to-five star reviews, instead only showing you the opinions of users with similar tastes

All this means that not only can you be sure of a novel’s content, you can be confident of its quality too. We want you to love every book you read.

The site is now live at and we sincerely hope you find something you love. We’re keen for feedback too about what you’ve enjoyed and what you think could be better. You can contact me via Bookaxe, or by email at We are also on Twitter and Facebook. Take a look and find your perfect read!

Lucy x


Drafts and redrafts

I got to leave the house today. Hooray!

I’ve been writing my socks off on Book 3 and making firm progress, so I went to London for lunch with my agent and his merciless red pen. He savaged the book, of course! Ripped it to tatters! But that’s what drafts are all about: working and reworking, finding flaws and unpicking them, tugging apart characters, plot and prose and then stitching everything back together to be more beautiful and powerful, and I can finally see the end as a speck on the horizon. It’s still a stretch away, but at least in sight.

The walk through London was grey and windy and more than a bit chilly, but I never tire of this wonderful view.

Happy New Year

Well hello there, grindstone. I remember you!

First day back at my desk and I’m on a mission to get this thing done! Very many thanks for your continued support in 2016 and Happy New Year, all. Here’s to hard work, happiness and lots of adventures in 2017.


Today Book 3 hit the 50,000 word mark – HOORAY! That’s 50,000 words I’m happy with (there’s three times as many on the cutting room floor) and since I’d been stuck in the damn 40s for what seemed like forever, this evening I’m feeling pretty pleased!

TRADER was 83,000 words and RANGOON was 118,000 so I’ve still got a way to go but writing a novel can be a long slog so it’s good to celebrate the little wins too.

Hope you’re all having a cracker of a week. I’m off to kick my boots through some autumn leaves! x


Book club meet and greets

I’ve been out and about lots recently, touring local book clubs and chatting to others via Skype. It’s always great to sit and chat with readers about their views on my novels, hearing the things they’ve enjoyed and connected with and their ideas of what they’d like to see my do in the future. So often author spend their days writing alone, so there’s no end of value to be found from speaking first hand with the people you’re really working for, and reigniting the imagination. It’s great talking about books in general, in fact, and I love that I always come away armed with a new list of books to try from other authors.

If you’re part of a book club and would like to read TRADER or RANGOON and chat reading, writing and all things in between, do get in touch. Give me a break from the trials of Book 3!

Another little pile of books signed for another bunch of lovely readers!