Month: June 2016

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

I realise that I’m the last person to read this book but nevertheless, here’s my take on it. The Girl on the Train has been a stupidly massive success globally, with a movie on the way. So my question was, does it live up to the hype? You don’t know her. But she knows you. Our lead protagonist is a woman called Rachel. Far … Read More The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

Novel London – 1 July @ Waterstones Islington

For anyone who loves historical fiction I’ll be reading the first chapter of my novel at this event this Friday. Click the link at the bottom to get your free tickets. The other readers are: Guinevere Glasfurd, author of The Words in my Hand, set in 17th century Amsterdam (which I reviewed here: Books – The Words in My Hand – Guinevere Glasfurd). Kay Seeley, … Read More Novel London – 1 July @ Waterstones Islington

The Comedian – Part Four

The Comedian – Part One It took another three weeks and a decent amount of gin for Ned to tell Maggie how he felt. He had suffered in silence throughout, watching her giggle at Ulysses’s terrible jokes, letting him paw her during breaks in rehearsal, and spending a suspiciously long time in his dressing room with the door closed. Everyone was gossiping about her … Read More The Comedian – Part Four

Black History Walks in London

Last weekend I went on a guided walk with Black History Walks. These guys run several tours around London, from Elephant and Castle to St Paul’s, each taking around two hours. I did the Secrets of Soho walk (though most of it is actually in Bloomsbury, finishing at Soho Square). There is so much forgotten and hidden black history around this area which neither I … Read More Black History Walks in London

Books – The Words in My Hand – Guinevere Glasfurd

I first came across Guinevere Glasfurd via the TLC (The Literacy Consultancy) website. She won their Pen Factor competition in 2014 and I heard her read from her debut novel as part of the TLC’s Writers’ Day on June 11th. I loved the section that she read aloud, enough to buy the book on the day, and so here is my review. The Words … Read More Books – The Words in My Hand – Guinevere Glasfurd

The Comedian – Part Three

The Comedian – Part One The Comedian – Part Two The Crown and Anchor tavern was only a little out of the way home, and Ned made his way there as soon as the curtain fell each night. After his successful comic turn in the pantomime, he was in favour and secured a small part in the farce that followed. When the curtain fell … Read More The Comedian – Part Three

London, Sugar and Slavery

I’ve been to the main Museum of London site several times but this was my first trip out to Docklands. It’s well worth a visit – entrance is free and it’s great for families (I went on a Sunday afternoon and there were lots of family friendly activities taking place). For adults, many of these activities take place away from the main galleries so … Read More London, Sugar and Slavery