• The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope

    Live Anthony Trollope

    I think Anthony Trollope might be my new favourite novelist. His books might be ridiculously long, but they’re so much fun that the pages whip by in an ecstasy... Read more

    Posted on 20 March 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • A Pin to See the Peepshow by F Tennyson Jesse

    Peepshow Tennyson Jesse

    I read A Pin to See the Peepshow as part of a podcast over at Tea or Books?, when Simon and I decided to read and compare two books based on the same real life... Read more

    Posted on 27 February 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Lost Sites of Victorian London

    Lost Sites Victorian London

    While doing research for various topics during my MA degree, I’ve come across a number of interesting London sites of former Victorian curiosities that I never... Read more

    Posted on 05 February 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Dickens and the Railway

    Dickens Railway

    My course for my MA in Victorian Studies this term is on Nineteenth Century London, and it’s proving fascinating so far. However, when I initially got the... Read more

    Posted on 22 January 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • On Studying


    I signed up for my MA degree last year on a bit of a whim. I’d been thinking about doing an MA for years, but circumstances always got in the way of me being... Read more

    Posted on 08 January 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • My Books of the Year 2016

    Books Year 2016

    Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break, and are feeling ready and raring to go for 2017…which must surely be a cheerier yea... Read more

    Posted on 02 January 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Merry Christmas!

    Merry Christmas!

    Well, another year has flown by, and once again I haven’t been as regular a blogger as I’d like, but I very much appreciate each and every one of you who takes... Read more

    Posted on 24 December 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Greengates by R C Sherriff

    Greengates Sherriff

    When Persephone Books announced that they were reprinting another R C Sherriff this year, I was delighted. The Fortnight in September, a wonderful novel about... Read more

    Posted on 03 December 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • The Lake District

    Lake District

    Over half term, I finally achieved a long held dream of visiting the Lake District, which I have somehow taken thirty years to get around to doing. Read more

    Posted on 10 November 2016 TRAVEL
  • Princes in the Land by Joanna Cannan

    Princes Land Joanna Cannan

    I am loving my Persephone six month subscription; it’s such a treat to have a surprise book dropped through my letterbox once a month (as I’ve completely... Read more

    Posted on 03 November 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • 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