• Essay

    Women are mammals (part 1)

    So, it’s smear test time again. I got a letter through the post about it last week. And shuddered. The last time I went, I was home from New York for a week. I…

    February 6, 2017
  • Reading List

    Productivity: A Reading List

    Well, it’s a new year and so I’m sure you’re all set on creating a new you. Yeah, me neither. I stopped doing resolutions years ago (though I enjoy my annual unravelling). Still, perhaps…

    January 23, 2017
  • Books

    Books of 2016 – Memoir & Essays

    And in the last in the series on my books read in 2016, today I’m rounding up memoir and essay collections: So Sad Today, Melissa Broder. This was like a potent shot of tequila…

    January 16, 2017
  • Books

    Books of 2016 – Non-Fiction

    Continuing the series on my books read in 2016, today I’m focused on non-fiction: Better than Before: mastering the habits of our everyday lives, Gretchen Rubin. I stepped back from reading ‘books designed to…

    January 9, 2017
  • Books

    Books of 2016 – Fiction

    I read 34 books in 2016. Over the next few Mondays, I’m going to round up the list, starting with fiction: Luckiest Girl Alive, Jessica Knoll. I rarely read crime fiction so I wasn’t immediately…

    January 2, 2017
  • Essay

    In the bleak midwinter

    I know I said that I was taking December off for rest and recuperation (actually: to catch up and write stuff for the new year) but there was something I wanted to say.…

    December 22, 2016
  • Recommendations

    Six things I loved in November

    I love compiling these lists of the little things that I’ve discovered and enjoyed. Sometimes I wonder if the ‘live your best life’ Oprah ideal serves us well. Lots of lives are painful and…

    November 28, 2016