The Paradox Of Modern Life: Notes On A Nervous Planet – Book Review

This book review was originally written for ECBC Manchester's book club and can be read on their website here. You know those days when the world seems to be running on high speed around you: the days when your mind is abuzz with all the should and musts and the endless to-dos and you can’t [...]

The Singing Ache – #mundanemiracle

I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Tarcher Perigee to help promote Tyler Knott Gregson's latest book Miracle In The Mundane. I have loved Tyler’s work since I first stumbled across his iconic typewriter series and was incredibly excited for the release of his latest work. Miracle In The Mundane offers something [...]

Dear Books…

Dear Books, How long is it now that we've been friends? I lose track - too many years to count. You were there before I even really understood you. Before I could read your words and decipher your tales for myself. Before I could even determine which way your pages turned or which part of [...]

There Will Be Music Again – Book Review: The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton

I wasn't getting on with my chosen book. I could feel myself falling into a reading slump. I was also tired and anxious and in need of something to take me out of myself. I stumbled across Anstey Harris' The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton sitting on a supermarket shelf as I did the weekly shop. I had never heard [...]

Dance for them as well… Book Review: The Wisdom Of Sally Red Shoes

It's time for another book review! Huge thanks to Two Roads and NetGalley for sending me a review copy of Ruth Hogan's The Wisdom Of Sally Red Shoes. I finished reading this last weekend and it's taken me a little time to gather my thoughts on it. I first discovered Hogan's writing when I read [...]

The Power Of Storytelling

I wrote this post for ECBC Manchester in celebration of National Storytelling Week. This is shortened version of the original: if you'd like to read the whole thing, you can do so here. The history of humankind is inextricably tied up with that of storytelling. From the earliest cave paintings, through the development of signed [...]

It’s Elementary My Dear… – Book Review: A Study In Brimstone

Follow my blog with Bloglovin A few months ago the fabulous G.S.Denning got in touch with me on Instagram to ask if I would like to receive a review copy of his book, Warlock Holmes: A Study In Brimstone. A fantasy retelling of Sherlock Homes full of irreverent humour and Holmes is a hopeless warlock? [...]

A Moment In Time

I have done a few of these 'Moment in Time' posts now and I always really enjoy them. It's a lovely way to pause, take a step back from the chaos of everyday life, reflect on what's going on, exercise some gratitude and think forward. I invite (and encourage) you to create your own moment [...]

A Life’s Made Of Hope…

“Yes, the night has dark bits, but it has stars too, And you’ll feel when they shine, That they shine just for you, You will step outside and see from the park, That the light is brighter when it’s next to the dark. You will have so many great times ahead, And soft happy dreams [...]