I like to read a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. I wouldn’t say I have a favourite genre, I just need variety. It’s the same reason I can’t eat the same lunch every day. If all I read were psychological thrillers or classics or literary fiction, I’d get tired of them and lose my appetite. So, one day I’ll have a salad. The next, a sandwich. And the next, a wrap…

Here are my blog posts about books and reading:


Book Reviews – Fiction

Dare Me by Megan Abbott

Five Days of Fog by Anna Freeman

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski

While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt

Asylum by Patrick McGrath

Circe by Madeline Miller

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark


Book Reviews – Non-Fiction

What the Hell Just Happened?! by Richy K. Chandler

In Miniature: How Small Things Illuminate the World by Simon Garfield

Aunt Branwell and the Brontë Legacy by Nick Holland

Weeds: The Story of Outlaw Plants by Richard Mabey

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death by Maggie O’Farrell

Step by Step: The Life in My Journeys by Simon Reeve

Strangeways: A Prison Officer’s Story by Neil Samworth



It’s my 30th birthday! Here are my top 30 books…

A long time ago in a library far away: 6 weeks of summer reading magic

Money, sex, death and… sunshine [the poetry of Philip Larkin]

Poetry is all around us [written on National Poetry Day 2018]

This book seems familiar! Have I read it before? Let me check the spreadsheet…

The 5 themes of Roald Dahl [in honour of Roald Dahl Day 2018]

Cats, cats and more cats: 5 books from my early years

The time-travelling bookworm series: adventures into my reading past! Nov 2018

The recommended authors series: Daphne du Maurier, Stella Gibbons, Sue Townsend


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