The diary of a journalist and novelist. I write about books, films, education, family, France, the seaside and much more besides.

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The Cool Dorset Guide: The Jetty at Christchurch

22
Sep
2016

Like loads of other parents I’ve got an empty nest again. My son has been home from university all summer, give or take the odd trip to a festival, a Deliveroo job (none of us ever realised how hilly Bournemouth ...continued

22
Sep
2016

You’d have to have the stoniest of hearts not to be touched by the plight of nine-year-old Joanna Ryan and the abandoned puppy she rescues in Lizzie Lane’s latest novel. ...continued

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21
Sep
2016

If you haven’t discovered Fionnuala Kearney’s books yet, you’re in for a treat. The Day I Lost You, her second novel, is out this week and it’s a stunning read ...continued

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Sep
2016

There are times in life when only chocolate will do. Last week’s stresses included a son training for a scary bike event, a book to finish and a bill for ...continued

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Sep
2016

I’m a big fan of World Book Day but it was always a bit of a trial when my son was small. Like most schools in the country, the one ...continued

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