The diary of a journalist and novelist. I write about books, films, education, family, France, the seaside and much more besides.
Two weeks after the Paris attacks the French capital fell silent today, in tribute to the 130 victims who died at the hands of the terrorists. Blue, white and red flags fluttered from every window as survivors, relatives of the ...continued
Three days after the horrific terror attacks in Paris I can’t stop thinking about those who died. Their faces stare out of the front pages – smiling, full of joie de ...continued
Nina Stibbe is the writer who made her name with the hilarious Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life. If you haven’t read it yet you’re missing out. It’s a collection of ...continued
The discovery of a diary I kept during a family holiday in France is a reminder of how much childhood has changed in the last 40 years. I was in my early teens ...continued
The drive to Swansea, where my son’s a student, is long and winding and laboriously slow, largely because the first part of the journey involves driving uphill and down dale ...continued
Top books for children this Christmas
Teenagers visit First World War battlefields
Why don’t teenagers wear winter coats?
Who will win the Costa Book of the Year?
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