• London: Weekend Tourist

    London: Weekend Tourist

    It’s amazing how much you can miss of your surroundings when you live in a large city. I love the village feel of my neighbourhood, but it means I can get lazy... Read more

    Posted on 14 February 2020 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Review: The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

    Review: Five Hallie Rubenhold

    When I lived in East London, it was a common sight in the early evening to see hordes of people gathered outside the Ten Bells pub in Shoreditch, often dressed... Read more

    Posted on 06 February 2020 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Reading from My Shelves: January

    Books started: 4Books finished: 2Books abandoned: 1Books kept on the shelf: 1Books bought: 1It’s my first month of reading from my shelves and so far things hav... Read more

    Posted on 28 January 2020 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Travels: Jordan

    Travels: Jordan

    I wouldn’t say I’m the world’s most adventurous traveller; I love going to European cities and visiting friends in the US, but I haven’t really visited... Read more

    Posted on 22 January 2020 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Reading Resolutions for 2020

    Reading Resolutions 2020

    As I’m sure many of you can attest about your own bookshelves, I have a huge number of volumes on a vast array of topics sitting prettily in carefully... Read more

    Posted on 15 January 2020 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Books of 2019

    Books 2019

    Happy New Year everybody! Reading-wise, 2019 was a fantastic year of discovery for me. I came across new authors that I absolutely fell in love with, and read... Read more

    Posted on 11 January 2020 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Advent Activities

    Advent Activities

    One of the joys of getting older is getting to know yourself more. Last year I had the realisation that the horrible, crushing sadness and restlessness I feel... Read more

    Posted on 15 December 2019 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • The Netherlands


    As the grinding of the government machine creaks slowly and inefficiently towards removing the UK from Europe, I’ve become increasingly aware of how little... Read more

    Posted on 03 November 2019 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Reading Outside the Box

    Reading Outside

    I read this illuminating article by one of this year’s Booker Prize winning judges earlier this week and found it an inspiration and a challenge. Read more

    Posted on 12 October 2019 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Atkinson, Atwood and Boyd

    Atkinson, Atwood Boyd

    Kate Atkinson has been my great discovery this year. Life After Life is an extraordinary, addictive, engrossing and unbearably moving portrayal of Ursula... Read more

    Posted on 22 September 2019 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Sanditon by Jane Austen

    Sanditon Jane Austen

    Reading unpublished and unfinished works by an author always makes me feel slightly uncomfortable, as if I’ve been rummaging around amidst their private... Read more

    Posted on 05 September 2019 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Summer Holidays

    Summer Holidays

    One of the greatest perks of being a teacher is the blissful unfurling of weeks and weeks of freedom ahead when school ends for the summer. Read more

    Posted on 17 August 2019 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Discovering Tove Jansson

    Discovering Tove Jansson

    Simon has been telling me for years how wonderful Tove Jansson’s writing is, but having only heard of her through the Moomin cartoons, I couldn’t really... Read more

    Posted on 01 July 2019 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Blitz Writing by Inez Holden

    Blitz Writing Inez Holden

    There is something so incredibly powerful in reading accounts of WWII written by people who were experiencing it as they wrote. Read more

    Posted on 11 June 2019 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Italian Sojourn

    Italian Sojourn

    I’ve just got back from a week in Florence, which was wonderful, but not quite in the way I had expected. I’d booked a luxurious hotel in an old monastery (wort... Read more

    Posted on 03 June 2019 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Small Island by Andrea Levy

    Small Island Andrea Levy

    When I saw the advertisements for the stage version of Andrea Levy’s prize winning novel that I’d obviously never read a few months ago, I was intrigued. Read more

    Posted on 22 May 2019 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Reading Roundup

    Reading Roundup

    It’s the school holidays, and this means I’ve actually got time to a) read b) blog about what I’m reading. I’ve been flying through books like nobody’s... Read more

    Posted on 15 April 2019 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • A Tour of My Bookshelves

    Tour Bookshelves

    Simon of StuckinaBook fame came to London for a conference last week and stayed over for the night – which meant we could record an impromptu podcast! Read more

    Posted on 23 March 2019 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

    Crimson Petal White Michel Faber

    My quest to read the huge books I’ve had sitting around for years on my shelves continues, and I am delighted to finally be able to look at the large space The... Read more

    Posted on 19 March 2019 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • London Culture

    London Culture

    There’s so much to see and do in London at the moment that it feels like a bit of a race to get to everything before it closes. Read more

    Posted on 03 March 2019 BOOKS, CULTURE