Category Archives: General

Clarissa Luard Award

Remarks on receiving (Thursday, 7 March 2013): “Encouragement is precious to writers. Whether it comes from a school teacher, a loved one, an expert, or a reader – encouragement given at the right time, and in the right spirit, can … Continue reading

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The Sea Change by Joanna Rossiter: book review

In her debut novel, The Sea Change, Joanna Rossiter writes about a peculiar kind of grief. I do not know the name of it. I wish I did. Her book, you see, is about lost landscapes. She bases her story … Continue reading

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The Emperor of Paris by CS Richardson: book review

One of the most resonant phrases ever written is, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone’ (Matthew 4:4). To me this means there is nourishment other than the basic necessity of food to keep us alive; there is the nourishment … Continue reading

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#moodboosting

The Reading Agency is asking people to suggest #moodboosting books for their new list of fiction, non-fiction and poetry guaranteed to give you a lift. I can’t resist! Here’s my list. What do you read to make you feel better? … Continue reading

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Meeting the ladies of Naples

‘Ours is the biggest book club in the world,’ my host says. ‘We think so, anyway.’ This is my second speaking engagement at The Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, Florida. The first was on Thursday 7th February in the … Continue reading

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Recorded for posterity

I just had one of those awkward moments where DHL rang my doorbell when I wasn’t wearing any pants, but it was totally worth it! The Scribner US paperback of Girl Reading has arrived – and I *love* it. K … Continue reading

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Xmas MMXII e-card #vss

Please let me out. I want to drink cappuccinos, like all the other reindeer.  

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The Things We Never Said by Susan Elliot Wright: book review

This is a novel about mental health, memory and how the fabric of families can potentially unravel – all rich subjects for fiction – and Susan Elliot Wright delivers them splendidly. The Things We Never Said begins with Maggie waking … Continue reading

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Petite Mort by Beatrice Hitchman: book review

I’ve recently learned that there’s a single sentence which, when used, compels me to read a book better than any other sales pitch, incantation or bribe ever could: ‘This plot has a twist we beg you not to disclose . … Continue reading

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#WIP: guest reader at Lumb Bank

On Wednesday 14 November 2012, I was the midweek guest tutor at Arvon, Lumb Bank. This booking was made over a year earlier via Twitter, when Girl Reading had been out for a short time and I had done few … Continue reading

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