• Sail Away

    Sail Away

    Despite being a useless sailor, I have always dreamed of lolling about on the sundeck of a cruise ship, dolphins arcing gracefully in the cornflower blue... Read more

    Posted on 10 February 2018 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls

    Things Bright Girl Sally Nicholls

    This month marks the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in Britain (well, some women – you had to be over 30) and in order to celebrate I have bought a... Read more

    Posted on 03 February 2018 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Books of the Year 2017

    Books Year 2017

    I had a real bumper of a reading year in 2017; I read a whopping 78 books, far more than I’ve read in years, and across a wide range of subjects, periods and... Read more

    Posted on 31 December 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

    Woman White Wilkie Collins

    It’s been a while since I read any sensation fiction, and as the weather started to turn increasingly wintry in the evenings over the past couple of weeks, I... Read more

    Posted on 17 December 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Question Time

    Question Time

    For those of you who don’t know (where have you been?!), Simon at Stuck in a Book and I have been doing a podcast called Tea or Books? Read more

    Posted on 09 December 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

    Sense Ending Julian Barnes

    I’ve been meaning to read this for ages, because I heard a lot of hype about it back when it won the Booker in 2011, and then when the film came out this year, ... Read more

    Posted on 16 November 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Autumnal Ambles

    Autumnal Ambles

    I love autumn. It’s my absolute favourite season. Nothing beats kicking piles of golden, crunchy leaves, watching the sky fade from watery blue into... Read more

    Posted on 05 November 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Autumnal Reading

    Autumnal Reading

    Golden Autumn by Sir Alfred EastDespite saying on the last Tea or Books? podcast that I don’t read several books concurrently, I’ve found that this autumn,... Read more

    Posted on 07 October 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • London Open House

    London Open House

    This weekend was London Open House and despite already suffering from back to school lurgy, I was determined to make the most of it and have a look at some... Read more

    Posted on 17 September 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Period Piece by Gwen Raverat

    Period Piece Gwen Raverat

    I love childhood memoirs. As someone who often rhapsodies about the sun-soaked halcyon days of childhood summers, spent lying spreadeagled on the cool grass... Read more

    Posted on 03 September 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Scotland


    As part of my mission to explore more of the UK, this year I decided my summer holidays would not involve taking any planes. I might be kissing goodbye to any... Read more

    Posted on 25 August 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • News of the World by Paulette Jiles

    News World Paulette Jiles

    When my wonderful friend Ellen, who took me under her wing many moons ago during my time living in New York, recommends a book to me, I never hesitate to read... Read more

    Posted on 06 August 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Cornwall


    My recent addiction to the BBC TV series Poldark made me desperate to go to Cornwall and see the beautiful scenery that forms the background to the characters’... Read more

    Posted on 30 July 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves by Rachel Malik

    Miss Boston Hargreaves Rachel Malik

    The beautiful, Ravilious-style cover of this debut novel is what initially compelled me to pick it up when I saw it sitting on the shelf in Daunt Books. Read more

    Posted on 19 July 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • On Being Wrong

    Being Wrong

    Eating humble pie is not something I enjoy doing, but when I’m wrong, I’m willing to admit it. As an English teacher, one of the aspects of my job that I enjoy... Read more

    Posted on 13 July 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

    Signature Things Elizabeth Gilbert

    It’s always rather galling when you come across a book that’s exactly the sort of thing you wish you had written yourself. Victorian people who enjoy learning... Read more

    Posted on 12 June 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Florence


    I have just spent a lovely four days in Florence, which is a city I have so often heard people gush over that I went with sky-high expectations of being... Read more

    Posted on 03 June 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Fancy Reading Some of My Fiction?

    Fancy Reading Some Fiction?

    I’ve been toying with putting some of my fiction on here for a while, but I’ve been quite nervous about it for a number of reasons. Read more

    Posted on 27 May 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Long Live Great Bardfield by Tirzah Garwood

    Long Live Great Bardfield Tirzah Garwood

    Tirzah Garwood was the wife of the mid century artist Eric Ravilious, whose work has been enjoying a much-deserved renaissance in recent years. Read more

    Posted on 17 May 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Northumberland


    Over the Easter holidays, a friend and I went on a lovely week-long break to Northumberland, the border county between England and Scotland. Read more

    Posted on 03 May 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE