What I’m reading this Christmas

Christmas Books

I love this time of year for reading. A long Christmas holiday means plenty of hours for reading some festive reads. Christmas stories really help get me in the festive spirit and so I thought I’d share three books I’m looking forward to reading this year. Snowdrift by Georgette Heyer This is a beautiful new collection […]

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My top 5 favourite Victorian novels

Victorian Books

I love reading books set in the Victorian era. Not only is there an amazing breadth of storytelling from poverty stricken Londoners to the scandalous aristocrats driven by greed, from life in grand country estates to dalliances across dark and dangerous landscapes. There is a book perfect for everyone in the Victorian era and here are […]

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The best first lines from literature


Here are some of my favourite first lines from literature which just happen to be from some of my favourite books. If you like the first line then I guarantee you’ll love the rest of the book.   I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith It was […]

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Books that aren’t too terrifying for Halloween


I can be a little nervous with anything too gory or violent but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to be a bit spooked during the winter months. When looking for darker stories I want something with great atmosphere and an imaginative plot – preferably with a few twists and turns along the way. Here […]

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8 reasons why I love Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility is one of my favourite Austen’s and here are 8 reasons why…. 1.Reading a story featuring three sisters always provided my only child-self with glee. 2. Marianne Dashwood is one of my favourite characters in literature. She is a romantic, loves reading and music, and her heartbreak (200 years on) is still as […]

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5 cosy autumn reads

For me, autumn provides the perfect excuse for staying inside and reading books. No more BBQs or beer gardens to attend, just bedding down with a good book and warm beverage. Here are 5 of my favourites to do just that this autumn.

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