The school gate mothers

Gill Hornby’s first novel has attracted the sort of coverage that most debut novelists dream of. A former BBC producer, ex Daily Telegraph columnist and wife of superstar writer Robert Harris, she’s now written The Hive, a novel set at the school gate. Publishers were falling over themselves to buy it and after a bidding war Little, Brown snapped it up for a six-figure sum. It’s out today so I downloaded it on to my Kindle and started reading it at dawn. Hornby (sister of Nick Hornby) writes well and has a great turn of phrase...

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