• Lyon


    Goodness. September went by in a flash, and I didn’t even have the chance to finish showing you the glories of my summer in France! Read more

    Posted on 03 October 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Summer Reading

    Summer Reading

    I’ve been steaming my way through books this summer; there’s nothing quite so conducive to reading as hot weather, I find, and in my almost two months of... Read more

    Posted on 29 August 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • A Provençal Summer

    Provençal Summer

    I’ve always wanted to go to Provence; to smell the lavender, to see the swaying fields of sunflowers, to walk in the shaded, cobbled lanes of medieval... Read more

    Posted on 22 August 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

    Essex Serpent Sarah Perry

    I’m not normally one for buying new books, as regular readers no doubt know, but when I saw the beautiful William Morris inspired cover of The Essex Serpent on... Read more

    Posted on 28 July 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Countryside Pursuits

    Countryside Pursuits

    Last week I took a French friend back to Kent to see the joys of the garden of England. I love playing tour guide, and put together an action packed schedule... Read more

    Posted on 18 July 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • The Light Years by Elizabeth Jane Howard

    Light Years Elizabeth Jane Howard

    I’ve been meaning to read the Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard for years, ever since I watched the TV series that aired on the BBC back in 2001. Read more

    Posted on 27 June 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Rome


    I am pitifully poorly travelled in Italy; my trip to the gorgeous Amalfi Coast a couple of years ago was my first foray into this beautiful country, and it... Read more

    Posted on 12 June 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

    Murder Roger Ackroyd Agatha Christie

    When Simon and I were debating Miss Marple v Poirot on our latest podcast (you can listen here), he said I should read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, as it’s... Read more

    Posted on 29 May 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • The Years by Virginia Woolf

    Years Virginia Woolf

    I have now officially read all of Virginia Woolf’s novels, and unfortunately I finished my Woolf reading adventure on one that left me feeling utterly... Read more

    Posted on 22 May 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • A Miscellany


    The unthinkable has happened; despite feeling like a twelve year old inside, last weekend, I turned 30. This was a birthday I was not particularly looking... Read more

    Posted on 14 May 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • The Baltic


    Over Easter weekend, I went on a whistle stop tour of three lovely Baltic countries; Latvia, Estonia and Finland, all of whom used to be part of the... Read more

    Posted on 07 April 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • London Belongs to Me by Norman Collins

    London Belongs Norman Collins

    London Belongs to Me is an enormous doorstopper of a book that looks rather overwhelming when you first pick it up, with its almost transparently thin pages,... Read more

    Posted on 19 March 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Mudlarking


    Last week, I fulfilled a lifelong dream of being a mudlarker on the Thames. When I was at primary school, a man came in to talk to us about the treasure that... Read more

    Posted on 10 March 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Various Pursuits

    Various Pursuits

    Sorry for disappearing for a while there. I’ve got no real excuse other than just being busy!I’ve just come back from a few days in Paris, which was lovely; it... Read more

    Posted on 21 February 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Books of 2015

    Books 2015

    I feel like I didn’t get an awful lot of books read just for my own pleasure this year. The majority of my reading, when I look down the list I’ve kept, is... Read more

    Posted on 30 December 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Christmas in London

    Christmas London

    Living in London for the first time in years has given me a fresh appreciation for the festive delights that pop up as soon as December 1st arrives. Read more

    Posted on 15 December 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Disappointments in Reading

    Disappointments Reading

    I’ve been reading quite a lot lately, but not with much success. It’s always a disappointment when you slog your way through a book, hoping that you’ll reach a... Read more

    Posted on 29 November 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Lisbon


    A couple of weeks ago, I spent an absolutely blissful few days in Lisbon. Escaping from grey and drizzly London to the blue skies and bright sunshine of Portuga... Read more

    Posted on 05 November 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • The Chateau by William Maxwell

    Chateau William Maxwell

    Every time I read one of William Maxwell’s books, I find myself in awe of how utterly beautiful his writing is. He always manages to find just the most perfect... Read more

    Posted on 28 October 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Regeneration by Pat Barker

    Regeneration Barker

    I had to temporarily abandon my reading of Armadale after it disintegrated in my bag – rest assured, it has been repaired with lots of sellotape and will be... Read more

    Posted on 22 October 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE