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Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence

  Orangeboy has been on my radar since it was longlisted for this year’s Jhalak Prize, and the book has gone on to be Costa shortlisted and recently won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Older Children. When I arrived at my writing retreat this week it was staring at me from the bookshelf and reading seems like a valid method of procrastination (in … Read More Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

I’m not sure why it took me so long to get around to reading Toni Morrison’s first novel, originally published back in 1970. Morrison’s reputation goes without saying, and I had to remind myself that this was her debut, a book that is so accomplished, so expertly structured in a non-traditional way that works to enhance the book rather than being just a gimmick. … Read More The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Changing of the Leaves – Part Four

The husbands arrived back late on a Wednesday, their arrival heralded by Celine’s happy laughter as she ran downstairs to greet Daniel. Maria had not thought to bother going downstairs but did not want David to look upon her with that look of his. Her husband’s valet was far too overfamiliar with him, and thought himself worse off to have saddled himself with such … Read More The Changing of the Leaves – Part Four

Keeping Up Appearances – Part Four

Maria was taking tea with Celine in the morning room when Sam arrived home. ‘We decided to call upon one another since we are both now social pariahs and no one else would care to visit,’ Maria told him. ‘Well, I’m sure that Celine’s company is preferable to those prissy ladies we used to encounter at those dull dinner parties,’ Sam replied, sitting and … Read More Keeping Up Appearances – Part Four

West End Treasure Hunt

I’m always on the lookout for cheap stuff to do in London (especially since returning home from travelling with a pretty decimated savings account!). is a great source for all kinds of groups and societies, and I had done a walking tour with Hazel of Walks, Talks and Treasure Hunts before. The West End is an area that I always think I know … Read More West End Treasure Hunt

The Geffrye Museum

The Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Rd, London, E2 8EA. Free entry.         The Geffrye is a unique museum in that it is set in the former almshouses of the Ironmongers’ company, built in 1714 with a bequest from Sir Robert Geffrye. These Grade I listed buildings have been home to a museum since 1914, and today the Geffrye is known as the Museum of the Home. … Read More The Geffrye Museum

Books – This Is How You Lose Her – Junot Diaz

This is one of those books that had to be read. Although this collection of short stories was published in 2012, the diversity debate on Twitter, which I follow quite closely, has meant that this book has been recommended by several people who know what they’re on about. Then when I walked into my local library last week it was sitting there – centre … Read More Books – This Is How You Lose Her – Junot Diaz

Travelogue – Sydney

Just a quick update on Sydney – as this was my fourth visit I didn’t really do a lot of touristy stuff even though I was there for a week. This trip was mainly for shopping, seeing family and catching up with an old friend.   I split my stay between two hotels – the Swissotel and the QT. Both hotels are 5* and … Read More Travelogue – Sydney

Book Review – The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (2014)

  I came to this book with great expectations. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 for this, Mitchell’s sixth book, I was very aware of this author by reputation but had never actually read a novel of his. This early in the year it is a little premature to say it’s the best I’ve read in 2016, but the stakes have been raised. … Read More Book Review – The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (2014)

Hangmen – Wyndham’s Theatre, London

I heard so many good things about this play that I couldn’t not go and see it. January’s a pretty challenging month at the best of times and I thought a bit of humour would be welcome. As the name should suggest, this play is black humour at its best. There is a short prologue to open Martin McDonagh’s play: our hangmen are attempting … Read More Hangmen – Wyndham’s Theatre, London

From the beginning…

I’ve been thinking about writing a blog for a while now but haven’t had the time between working full time and writing my first book. Now that I am on the eve of a three month sabbatical from work, it seems the perfect time to explore all the writing opportunities that I have put off for the past two years: writing short stories, plotting … Read More From the beginning…