The diary of a journalist and novelist. I write about books, films, education, family, France, the seaside and much more besides.
If I had to choose the perfect writer to cheer me up on a shivery winter’s day I’d definitely go for Katie Fforde. I began reading her new novel, A Summer at Sea, in a hospital waiting room, feeling ever so ...continued
Maggie O’Farrell is one of my favourite authors. She always has been – ever since I picked up a copy of After You’d Gone, her first novel, and didn’t put ...continued
My children are grown up now but I’m a pushover when it comes to picture books. Steve Antony’s work is the very best of the genre so when his latest ...continued
University creative writing courses are getting it in the neck again – this time from novelist DJ Taylor. In an interview with John Humphrys on Radio Four’s Today programme this ...continued
If The Girl on the Train was last year’s stand-out title then The Widow could well be this year’s mega-success. A taut psychological thriller, it’s written by journalist Fiona Barton. ...continued
Best children’s books for Christmas 2015
Top books for children this Christmas
Teenagers visit First World War battlefields
Why don’t teenagers wear winter coats?
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