• Literary Landscapes

    Literary Landscapes

    Normally when I am asked to take part in a blog tour, my instant response is ‘no’, largely because I am terrible at remembering when I am supposed to be doing... Read more

    Posted on 21 October 2018 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Summer Reading

    Summer Reading

    The summer holidays are nearly at a close; I can’t quite believe it. It’s been a summer that should belong only to a distant, slightly hazy childhood memory,... Read more

    Posted on 21 August 2018 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Venice


    School is finally out for summer and it should tell you something of the manic nature of summer term at school that I’m only just now getting around to writing... Read more

    Posted on 10 July 2018 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

    Mermaid Hancock Imogen Hermes Gowar

    With its intriguing title and beautiful cover, I found myself drawn to this tale of an 18th century merchant the wrong side of fifty who finds himself in... Read more

    Posted on 16 June 2018 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • May Madness


    May has been an exceptionally busy month here at Book Snob HQ. At the start of the month, I turned 32 in Cape Cod, where I went for a sadly all too flying... Read more

    Posted on 24 May 2018 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

    Seven Deaths Evelyn Hardcastle Stuart Turton

    I love a good murder mystery, yet when my friend at university came rushing into our seminar brandishing a shiny new copy of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn... Read more

    Posted on 16 April 2018 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Eltham Palace

    Eltham Palace

    Suburban London has a lot of hidden gems, thanks to the fact that most of it used to be countryside before the growth of the metropolis took hold and... Read more

    Posted on 10 April 2018 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • The 39 Steps by John Buchan

    Steps John Buchan

    I’m having a bit of fun reading Victorian/Edwardian adventure stories at the moment, for a bit of light relief between the piles of academic tomes stacked up... Read more

    Posted on 12 March 2018 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • 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