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I’m Jo Thomas and I write romances about food, love, family and fun. I believe every story should have a happy ending. My books have been described as ‘a great big cwtch’: a great big hug in Welsh. If you’re looking for something ‘sunny and funny’, then welcome to my world.

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Catching up!

Winter round up.

Posted on 10/12/2017

Two gulls flying

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New book!

Cover reveal!

Posted on 01/12/2017

Catching up!

Autumn News

Posted on 07/11/2017

New book!

My latest book!

Posted on 03/09/2017

Catching Up!

As summer draws to an end….

Posted on 03/09/2017


Cover reveal!

Posted on 24/03/2017

My latest book

Notes from the Northern Lights

Posted on 29/11/2016

Notes from the Northern Lights

Fabulous writing week with Katie Fforde in the glorious autumn sunshine.

Writing Retreat….

Posted on 15/10/2016

Bee keeping at Dyffryn gardens

What’s buzzing?

Posted on 08/09/2016

Win a holiday in France

Late Summer in the Vineyard Competition

Posted on 06/09/2016


Late Summer in the Vineyard

Posted on 11/08/2016

Events

Crickhowell Literary Festival

Posted on 27/07/2016

Jo's Tips

Where to stay: France

Posted on 15/07/2016

I took a trip

On my travels

Posted on 09/07/2016

On my travels

By the Dordogne

Posted on 22/06/2016


Jo's tips

Where to eat: Entroterra

Posted on 08/05/2016

Some research

In The Market

Posted on 11/02/2016


On My Travels

Chestnuts in France

Posted on 11/02/2016

On my travels

Some essential research for my latest book…

Posted on 09/02/2016

My ode to the most divisive of Christmas veg

Posted on 11/12/2015

My inspiration behind ‘A Red Sky at Night’

Posted on 10/11/2015

Well, the clocks have gone back. The evenings are darker and autumn is slowly but surely showing us her true colours – red, orange, yellow and gold. I love this time of year; love it! I love the early evening mist as it rolls in through my village, mixing with the smell of wood smoke as log burners are woken and brought back to life after their long summer break.

Jo's Tips

Where to eat: Galway

Posted on 08/11/2015

Copyright O'Gradys. http://kirwanslane.com/ogradys-on-the-pier/

Give it a Go

Jo’s tips for food courses

Posted on 08/09/2015

If you’ve ever been tempted to try your hand at shucking an oyster or dabbling in some wine tasting, do have a look at some of these food courses which I’ve taken as part of my research.

http://en.vins-saint-emilion.com/discover-saint-emilions-wines-wine-school

http://www.galwaybayseafoods.com/cookery-courses.html

The Simon Cowell of Puglia… Olive Oil

Posted on 27/07/2015

The olive tree is part of the fabric of family life in Puglia. And family life is at the heart of everything.

One of my favourite places to go in Ceglie Messapica is a restaurant called Entroterra. My brother and his wife first took me there and every time I return I am welcomed warmly, like an old friend, by its owner Giuseppe and his family. This place to me is the very essence of rural country living in Puglia.

Interviews

My Quick-Fire Q&A

Posted on 07/07/2015

If I had to go back in time and choose another career…

I want to change career every week. Usually I want to be a different type of farmer. Right now I want to be an olive farmer.

My most memorable meal…

My 20th birthday on a beach in the South of France in a thunderstorm. The tarpaulin sides billowing. Special for so many reasons.

Inspiration

My First Taste of Oysters

Posted on 11/12/2014

I remember my first oyster clearly. I think most people do. I wonder why that is? It was New Year’s Eve. The children were young and tucked up in bed. My brother, who’s a chef, had been to the fish market in Cardiff at the end of the day and bought all kinds of wonderful shellfish. There were prawns, mussels, crab claws and…oysters. They looked knarled and knobbly and didn’t seem to promise the wonderful experience that everyone talked about. How could they, looking like that?

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