• 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
  • 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