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Essay: On Readership – What book would you recommend to a 14 year old boy?

Recently, I spent the morning in a job interview. One of the questions asked was ‘what book would you recommend to a 14-year-old boy?’ It threw me and was definitely one of the questions I could have answered better. It also got me thinking – why that particular demographic? Continue reading “Essay: On Readership – What book would you recommend to a 14 year old boy?”

Reading Poetry

I am nothing more, and possibly less than, a poetry novice. I had always shied away from poetry apart from when we were forced – and yes that’s how I felt whilst there – to study it during GCSE English Literature classes. I never really understood them, and lacking confidence in my analysing abilities, something I believed was crucial to understanding and enjoying the medium, I shied away and made peace with my never being one of those readers who quote poetry (or prose, but that may be a separate post). Continue reading “Reading Poetry”

Is this a book blog?

This is a slightly self-indulgent post about a topic which has been on my mind for a while. I have tried very hard to make it non-whiny (as that’s not how I feel) and so I hope it doesn’t come across as such. Just wanted to get the feelings and thoughts out of my head in a semi-coherent manner and maybe discover that there are others who feel the same way.  Continue reading “Is this a book blog?”

I judge books by their covers.

Whilst the origins of the English idiom ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ are ultimately uncertain; it is one that many people know. Popularised in 1946 by its mention in  Murder in the glass room by Fuller and Rolfe, it still rings true for many aspects of modern life. However, it is becoming less of a taboo to judge a book literally by its cover. There can be no denying that the most important part of a book is found between its bindings and that that is how an opinion on the book should be formed: the content rather than the packaging, but the cover design industry is booming and even has its own awards and accolades.  Continue reading “I judge books by their covers.”

Blog Tour: Sunshine After the Rain by Daisy James – Extract



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A summer that changes everything… Frazzled workaholic Evie Johnson has finally had enough! When she’s blamed for a publicity disaster at the art gallery she loves, she decides to flee the bright lights of London for the sun-drenched shores of Corfu and turn her life upside-down. Under the shade of the olive trees, she picks up her dusty paintbrushes and begins to chase the dreams she had put aside for so long. But she never expected to bump into drop-dead-gorgeous Sam Bradbury – and certainly not whilst wrapped only in a towel! A summer fling is the last thing Evie wanted but a few stolen kisses under the stars might just begin to change her mind…



“Hi Sam,” cooed Pippa, as she let their boss’s son into the gallery. “We weren’t expecting you until later.”

“I thought I’d pop in to wish you luck, and to take a quick peek at what the famous Jaxx Benson is offering his adoring fans by way of artistic talent. Don’t worry, I’m not staying long. Wouldn’t want my presence to wind Dad up on such an auspicious occasion, but I’ll be back when the gallery closes. There’s something I need to talk to him about after the show, and a hint from the wise – you might want to make yourselves scarce. If I know Dad at all, I’m not expecting an enthusiastic reception. How’s everything looking?” Continue reading “Blog Tour: Sunshine After the Rain by Daisy James – Extract”

Theatre Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Photos were taken by my lovely friend and Cursed Child companion Alice – @aliopalio30

This review is spoiler free #Keepthesecrets

Roll back almost a year to August the 4th 2016, as Dad and I initiated a two-prong approach to getting tickets to this sought after play. I was tasked with joining and watching the online queues whilst Dad attempted to buy tickets through the phone line. Even with it being the designated access line, and therefore had fewer people in the queue than the main phone line, it still took 7 hours – it may have been almost poetic in the context of the Harry Potter if it wasn’t so stressful. That being said, we got tickets, and it was so worth it! Continue reading “Theatre Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child”

Book Review: Scrappy Little Nobody

If Anna Kendrick has an identifier, it is that she is as sassy and down to earth as she is talented. The first film I remember identifying her in was Pitch Perfect, released in 2012 and since that all singing, all dancing extravaganza, I, and many others, became a fan; really enjoying her uniqueness. Her humour is natural and a part of her; her personality shines in every role, interview, tweet, and now, it is evident in the written account of her life. Continue reading “Book Review: Scrappy Little Nobody”

The red book box?

This post was originally published in the Bridport News. I wrote for them, once a week, as a guest columnist

As mobile phones dominate the telecommunication industry, the original purpose of the charming red phone boxes that adorn village corners is disappearing. However, the boxes themselves are not obsolete. Once again, they are becoming occupied, maybe no longer by the hassled and fumbling people of before but now by colourful spines and expectant browsers: telephone boxes have become community libraries. Tiny, red spaces perfect for holding the thousand lives that books can offer any wannabe adventurer. Continue reading “The red book box?”

#HarryPotter20: An open letter to J.K. Rowling

Dear J.K. Rowing,

This week marks the twentieth anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I, and many, many others will be forever grateful for your imagination, your perseverance and your stories. Continue reading “#HarryPotter20: An open letter to J.K. Rowling”

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