About Rosie Thomas


Under her pseudonym Rosie Thomas, Janey King has written twenty-one novels and a travel book.  Reflecting her interest in climbing, mountaineering and adventure travel, several of the novels have exotic settings.

White is about an attempt to climb Everest and was shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker prize for mountain literature. Iris and Ruby is set in wartime Cairo and features a grandmother and granddaughter perilously lost in a sandstorm in the desert. It won the Romantic Novel of the Year award. To research the Antarctic background to Sun at Midnight Rosie spent a month living with the scientists on a Bulgarian research station on Livingstone Island, off the Antarctic Peninsula.

Her most recent book is The Kashmir Shawl (HarperCollins £12.99). To research it Rosie travelled extensively in Ladakh and Kashmir, following the threads of the pashmina shawl trade across the Himalayas to the lakes and alleyways of Srinagar.

Border Crossing is the story of Rosie’s entry, with Phil Bowen, in the 1997 Peking to Paris vintage and classic car rally.

15 Responses to About Rosie Thomas

  1. Quebec Wharf says:

    Great blog. Look forward to reading more.

  2. Hi Janey – this looks very exciting and we’ll follow it with great interest. Good luck and don’t get too chilly and enjoy all the incredible bird life – loads of wonderful albatross in those parts!

    Love and hugs

    Hoonie xx

  3. Sara Wheeler says:

    ha ha. they were all miserable the whole time and I bet you will be too! thinking of you and good luck – the flame must still burn –

  4. Alex says:

    Thank you for sharing this fantastic adventure – looking forward to reading you.
    With you all the way…
    x

  5. Helen Powers says:

    Wishing you lots of good luck, Janey, though I know you will not be trusting to luck in your preparations for the journey! The Shackleton story is quite unimaginable, and what a decision he had to make when he left those men behind. I’ll be thinking of you – and hope that you will have times when you are so glad to be there!

  6. jess thomas says:

    I read a sticker on the back of a camper van yesterday that said ‘Adventure before dementia’ X
    Will be keeping tabs on your blog
    best of luck and enjoy
    love jessie
    xxx

  7. Graeme says:

    Good luck, Janey! It sounds like it’s going to be the most wonderful adventure. Glad though that you’re skipping the early, boring bits of the journey. Keep warm, and wrap up well.

    All the best.

  8. Gwen Lardner says:

    How wonderful to be able to keep tabs on you. Look forward to reading about your progress. Enjoy your big adventure,
    Much love, Gwennie xxxx

  9. Brilliant. So impressed. Will be following raptly. Go well Best Love Lizy B

  10. Jane says:

    I love the speeded up gym sequence – hilarious. Good luck old bean – you deserve the adventure of your dreams. And keep eating please – no use being thin and dead.
    Jxxx

    • southbyeight says:

      Thank you so much for your thoughts. They mean a lot. I can’t reply in person as the satellite link from where we are is too difficult, but do keep commenting as I will receive them. (via Theo)

  11. Trevor Potts says:

    Good luck on SG been there a few times. Will be driving north past cheviot in the morning. Will be following the blog with great interest.
    Trevor Potts

    • southbyeight says:

      Thank you so much for your thoughts. They mean a lot. I can’t reply in person as the satellite link from where we are is too difficult, but do keep commenting as I will receive them.

  12. Mungo Morris says:

    Super woman strikes again – very jealous !!! Although not so of the thought being benighted with you in a cold, wet tent ( memories of Nepal :) ) Safe journy home.

  13. Amanda platt says:

    Darling Janet , you a s—-g marvel. I’m reading this from my first class seat on the London Edinburgh train , which is about the most adventurous I ‘ll ever be —-” no wonder”,I hear you say, “that you’re impressed, Mandy”

    Well , we are jolly glad that you’re back , it’s no fun without you, and now this iPad is stuck.. Loved the penguin pics , human and other. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxck , it’s no fun without you . Theo has done brilliant job ,

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