I’ve never worked in an office. I remember a teacher I used to work with swapping for a more ’normal’ job. She spoke of the euphoria she felt when she … Continue reading Office Politics
So what’s your book about then? It’s the obvious question, once you’ve fessed up to what you spend a large chunk of your time doing. There are several options here. … Continue reading Writing the Unwriteable
Haunting prose, well sculpted book. From the outset, this has a very distinct voice. The prose is flooded with (har har) metaphors for the sea and water, the style is … Continue reading ‘The Seas’ by Samantha Hunt
I really don’t know why Margaret Atwood never appeared on my reading radar for so many years. I only ended up reading The Handmaid’s Tale because I had to teach … Continue reading Does Margaret Atwood Get Depressed?
It’s definitely a reason to be cheerful. In Devon last week, people were on the beach in actual bikinis (I was in my boyfriend’s shorts as I’d packed a little … Continue reading But I’m Not Ready!
Just, WOW. The Women of the World festival at the Southbank Centre in London is in its 5th year, and going strong. It lasts for an entire week, and involves … Continue reading WOW
We all like being in a club. It gives us a sense of belonging, camaraderie, having someone on your side. It also usually helps if you have an opponent you … Continue reading Being A Man
Yes I know I’ve read it before but well, after a visit to Kefalonia I couldn’t resist indulging again in this stonker of a novel. Despite what Hollywood might have … Continue reading Review – Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
One of the most voyeuristic delights of reading a novel is the ability to peer over someone else’s shoulder and muse over the intricacies of a culture unknown to you. … Continue reading Review: Forgotten Country
My only regret upon finishing this book is that it’s taken me this long to get around to reading it. It has been some time since I have enjoyed the … Continue reading Cold Comfort Farm: Review