I very much like hearing from readers, from fans and critics alike – though naturally I hope any criticism is more measured than mean! And I will do my level best to reply to everyone who cares to drop me a line.

All I ask is some slight forbearance, in the event I am away. 

I don’t want anyone to think I am avoiding them, or that I am being lazy: if I’m away, then be sure I’ll write a reply the moment I get home, or when I have those first few bars of signal on the phone.