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Muddy lunch

We came. We ate gorgeous Michelin-starred food. We listened to a fantastic author. And then we all went home and started working our own novels.

On Monday, The Clock House in Ripley was awarded a Michelin star at an event in London. And the mood was still very much about celebrating when more than 30 of us arrived there on Thursday for our literary lunch with award-nominated author Roz Morris.

Roz’s newest book, Not Quite Lost, also came out just days before – so there was a real buzz in the air. Roz talked us through her path to publication. And this lady has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide – many of those in secret as the ghostwriter for famous authors – so what she doesn’t know about publishing, frankly isn’t worth knowing.

And yes, since you ask, I did try and ply her with booze to get her to spill the beans on those famous authors who can’t actually write their own books. But no, she resisted all offers of triple G&Ts and saw straight through my attempts at persuasion, coercion and trickery. Hmph! Must work on that.

In addition to her three novels, Roz has also written a series for writers called Nail Your Novel. I’m currently working my way through the first in the series, Writing Plots with Drama, Depth and Heart – so stay tuned folk. The first Muddy novel may yet see the the light of day!

The food, as you’d expect, was subline. The Clock House head chef Fred Clapperton served up a gorgeous two course lunch, followed by petit fours and coffee. We started with Beetroot, Ewes Curd, Fig and Hazelnut; and followed with Beef, Kohlrabi, Horn of Plenty. I’m not exactly sure what exactly that was, but I can confirm it was phenomenal.

We finished with petits four and coffee – slurped a bit more wine, then hugged our new friends, swapped a few numbers and said goodbye. Until the next time.

Find Roz’s books here or order through Amazon. The Clock House is open for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Saturday. theclockhouserestaurant.co.uk

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