Book Club – ‘The Miniaturist’ by Jessie Burton

Jessie Burton’s novel The Miniaturist – published last July – has been incredibly well received, being named Waterstones’ book of 2014 and a Sunday Times number one bestseller. One of the aspects of this novel which makes it so good, particularly from the view of an aspiring author myself, is that it is her début…

Sunday, the Day of… Whatever You Want. (FOOD!)

Sunday, the day of rest… or, the day in which you feel you are allowed to be tired, lazy, inactive and, quite probably, hungover. My body is very good to me; whilst my house-mates crawl out of their dark cocoons, puffy eyed and red faced, at midday, I wake up all ‘annoyingly chirpy and fresh…

The Literary Collective Diaries… A Group of Eager Creatives Forms

In December I joined a writing group called The Literary Collective. It was ‘founded’ (that sounds far more professional than we are) by a friend who is wonderfully motivated and wanted to give herself the reason to write and receive feedback. So there we were, six of us huddled in our living room, discussing writing…

Happy New Year! …Any Resolutions?

Welcome New Year! New Year’s Eve arrives then passes and I had a cheery hoohar with friends. We spent December 31st 2014 in an entirely geeky capacity… playing lots of games, card games, and (cringe a little) numerous rounds of ‘Just Dance’ on my friends Wii thing. (I won a lot… I’d like to say I’m a…

The London Burger Crawl…

I welcome a guest, Leo Palmer, who has a burger story that just must be shared… The internet, I think we can agree, is full of ‘top ten’ lists. I have nothing against the ‘top ten’ as a concept, but since there are hundreds of ‘top tens’ per subject and even more ‘top ten top…

‘How do you eat an Elephant?’ … A Starter Snippet…

So here we go, the first 15,000 words of my novel, How do you eat an Elephant? I do hope you find it enjoyable. This is a first draft so, when I finish, I will be dragging myself through lots of rewrites, possibly kicking and screaming unless I have lots of tea! But, here we go….