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Bare legs and blue lips

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 10th December 2014

My winter uniform doesn’t vary much. When the weather turns Arctic I dig out my old Jigsaw coat, scarf and Brora fingerless gloves. And that’s just for when I’m inside. For walks along the beach I’ve been known to wear two coats – they admittedly make me look the size of a house but at least I’m warm. The other essentials are black woolly tights from Marks & Spencer – bought ...keep reading

Monday book review – The Story of Britain

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 1st December 2014

I’ve been a fan of Mick Manning and Brita Granström’s books for quite a few years now. The husband and wife team have written and illustrated a stack of award-winning and highly original books that really bring history to life. My favourites include Taff in the WAAF, which was inspired by Mick’s mother, who served in the WAAF during the Second World War, and covers everything from life in the ...keep reading

An evening at Slice

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 30th November 2014

I speak to my son on the phone several times a week but one day I looked at the calendar and realised that it was a whole two months since I’d seen him. That was it. I checked that he was free for the evening, booked into Morgans Hotel in Swansea (I may be an intrepid reporter but I’m not intrepid enough to stay in a student house inhabited by seven ...keep reading

Meeting education minister Sam Gyimah

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 25th November 2014

It’s not every day that you get the chance to chat to a government minister so I didn’t hang about when the Department for Education email arrived. I stuffed my belongings in a bag and dashed for the London train. It turned out that childcare and education minster Sam Gyimah was keen to chat with a group of bloggers about their thoughts, hopes and concerns about childcare. Six of us ...keep reading

Monday book review – Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 10th November 2014

Crooked Heart is a gem of a book – funny, endearing and beautifully written, with characters so well drawn that you can picture them in your mind’s eye. Set during the Blitz, it’s the story of ten-year-old Noel Bostock, who lives on the edge of Hampstead Heath with his beloved godmother Mattie. Noel has nothing in common with other children of his age – for a start he’s read every Lord ...keep reading

Lest we forget

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 9th November 2014

Today is Remembrance Sunday and people across the country are honouring members of the armed forces killed in conflict. One hundred years after the First World War, 70 years after D-Day and weeks after British troops left Afghanistan, ceremonies are being held everywhere – from the Cenotaph in Whitehall to tiny village churches. As I observed the two-minute silence at 11am I was thinking about one of the most affecting trips ...keep reading

The brilliant Marian Keyes

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 7th November 2014

“It’s five years since I’ve been able to do a public reading event.” Those were Marian Keyes’s words as she settled into her chair for a Q&A with Sunday Times columnist India Knight at Waterstones in London’s Piccadilly this week. The event marked the publication of Keyes’s 12th novel, The Woman Who Stole My Life, and when she saw the sell-out audience in front of her she admitted: “I’m overwhelmed. ...keep reading

Friday book review – Bears Don’t Read!

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 31st October 2014

When it comes to children’s picture books Emma Chichester Clark beats the competition hands down. Her illustrations are exquisite and witty and make readers, young and old alike, smile.  I’ve bought loads of her books over the years and I can’t bear to part with a single one of them. Emma is a prolific artist and writer and this autumn she has two new books out. There’s the wonderful Plumdog, based ...keep reading

The Hoxton comes to Holborn

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 29th October 2014

As the days get shorter and Christmas beckons (it’s a scary two months away) it was great to discover that the Hoxton Group has just opened a new hotel in Holborn. I couldn’t wait to try it and was thrilled to discover that it’s every bit as good as its Shoreditch sibling and a lot more central. The Hoxton in High Holborn is a two-minute walk from Holborn tube station ...keep reading

Cecelia Ahern talks about Love, Rosie

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 27th October 2014

Cecelia Ahern is only 33 but she already has 11 novels to her name. She’s sold 22 million books around the world and her first novel, PS. I Love You, was made into a movie starring Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank. Now her second novel, Where Rainbows End, has been turned into Love, Rosie, with Lily Collins and Sam Claflin as the lead characters. Ahead of its release, Grazia magazine ...keep reading

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