The Food of Love

And at last I can tell you that my sixth novel is out. Food of Love, Laura's Story is the first book of a trilogy (I'm just delivering Book Two but since it seems to take as long to publish a book as to write it, that will follow in a year's time.) I'm ridiculously excited about it, not least because it has been optioned for a TV series by Stephen Fry's company Sprout in partnership with Parallel Films. They are combining forces in the hope of making a big fat multi-series.

Of course I know that not all options turn into films -- I've been here before and more often than not they can't raise the money, can't get the actors they want, or something.. But at the moment it's honeymoon time, they love the book and are confident they can pull it off, so it's hard not to hope! And would it not be great to start a new career, film writer, in my seventies?

The background to the trilogy is the change in food, farming, cooking and the restaurant trade since World War Two, from rationing to Heston. The story follows the lives and loves of three generations of the Oliver and Angelotti families, most of whom are cooks, restaurateurs and farmers. Laura's story begins with her falling in love with Italian ex--prisoner of war Giovanni.

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A book not to miss, an uplifting tribute to female friendship
— Good Housekeeping
Leith’s characterizations never sounds a wrong note. A satisfying and illuminating read
— Daily Mail