How to find time to read with a newborn

reading with a newborn

The first three months of life with my baby girl has been wonderful, magical as well as crazy. Time for myself is a very rare thing managing to make a cup of tea in the first few weeks seemed a huge achievement at the time, never mind managing to find time to eat, rest or […]

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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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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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Books I read in August

Although the weather was hot in August I was reading a head to some of the titles coming out this Autumn.   Highly anticipated Swing Time by Zadie Smith lives up to all expectations. It tells the story of two girls growing up in north-west London with a passion for dancing. The story follows them […]

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