Fixing Mrs Philpott: but how?

My new novel is ready for printing, after many a drama and deadline. Yippee!

The launch is on 29 September and if you are in Christchurch, New Zealand, you are warmly invited to attend! Rachel Eadie at Scorpio Books is the person to contact with questions.


Meantime here is the first of, well, an indeterminate number of tasters. I’m hoping that you will give some unsolicited advice to my character Mrs Zoe Philpott. After all, you have much collective wisdom (and humour) and could surely help her. She has multiple problems … if you like to see it that way.


It’s just a game but—Zoe needs your help!

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  1. A new novel from Rachel McAlpine, celebrating the resilience of Canterbury women—especially the eccentric Zoe Philpott and her friends. Come and launch Mrs Philpott! In the earthquake era, she needs all the help she can get. Scorpio Books, 120 Hereford St, Christchurch. All welcome. RSVP rachel [at]
  2. Zoe rolled off the bed into a mess of muesli and milk, clamping a pillow over her head. There she lay for 15 everlasting seconds. When the aftershock stopped, she pulled her nightie down over her panties and heaved herself back on to her feet. From “Fixing Mrs Philpott” by Rachel McAlpine. (So what advice would you give her?) Photo: Sharon Davis

12 thoughts on “Fixing Mrs Philpott: but how?

  1. kiwinana says:

    All the best with your launch, sorry I can’t be there,Taranaki a little too far away, looks as though it is a winner. Cheers!

    1. How thrilling to know you are out there at this exciting (for me) moment! Please tell your friends. Any tips for Zoe Philpott?

  2. toutparmoi says:

    My tip for Zoe is that she should start wearing trackpants and a sweatshirt to bed. Then she would look more “seemlie” (as our mutual friend Gib would say) when she has to exit in a hurry.

    1. Brilliant! Thank you, I will pass it on.

  3. Robyn Haynes says:

    Good luck for the launch! Wish I could be there too but I will send thoughts your way on the day.

    1. Thank you Robyn! I appreciate that. Like Mrs Philpott, I need all the help I can get.

  4. A book launch! How exciting! And this one sounds like a winner. Good luck, and enjoy every minute of it!

    1. Yes, exciting! Joy of finishing! All such moments need an official celebration, a moment in the spotlight. So thanks, I will enjoy!

  5. Gail Rehbein says:

    This is great news – congratulations on getting your work out there Rachel and best wishes for the launch!

    1. Thank you so much Gail. Exciting times!

  6. Aunt Beulah says:

    Congratulations on completing the work necessary to get a book to the printing process and eventual book launch. How wonderful for you. I wish you and Zoe well; and judging from the brief excerpts both here and in the succeeding post, you will both do very well indeed.

  7. Thank you! It has certainly been a long haul, because the novel always took second place to my business. Now that I have extracted myself from, I’m unstuck!