This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay

Over the last few weeks of summer it felt like everything in my life suddenly went tits up. If you are American and reading this, then I should explain that this is our British equivalent of ‘when life gives you lemons…..’, but actually it’s far more coarse and far more aptly describes how things feel […]

Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman

Middle age teaches us many things, one of which is that you never know what goes on in someone else’s marriage. At the end of the day, once the doors are closed and the curtains drawn, our dearest friends could be hanging from the chandelier with a bottle of Grey Goose in one hand and […]

Meet Me At The Museum by Anne Youngson

Dear Reader, I’m a total softie when it comes to books written in letter format.  I don’t know what it is, but I just love them. Isn’t everything softer and easier in a letter?  It’s a gentler pace, the waiting or even yearning for a response. They take a level of consideration, of planning out, […]

The Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg

My dear friend Ms S advised me to read The Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg. As we find ourselves rapidly pacing through our forties, the daunting fifties seem to be knocking at the door. The kids are growing older and the concerns of young children are no longer ours to share. Who knows […]

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

My friend Ms M and I often laugh about how we sometimes choose a book based solely on its cover. We know we shouldn’t and yet we do. Clearly the pair us are susceptible to good marketing techniques, but on occasion it can lead us in just the right direction, toward a lovely and unexpected […]

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

Fiction and reality blur fabulously in The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz. Last summer I had read and really enjoyed The Magpie Murders, but hadn’t pulled the trigger (sorry!) on buying another Horowitz until I found myself splurging at Bookshop Santa Cruz. When you end up buying upwards of five books, you start to […]

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

I really wish I was friends with Celeste Ng. Child Number One recently encouraged me to join Twitter in order to make my blog more successful and less of a pet project. Reluctantly I began the process and if the truth be told, I still don’t really understand what I’m doing and I’m pretty sure […]

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

I’ve been thinking a lot about Notes on a Nervous Planet and sharing some of the choicest nuggets with friends. I have a feeling that reading Matt Haig can only ever make you a better, more understanding individual and surely that’s something that we all crave? This work is really the bookend to Haig’s Reasons […]

The Cost of Living by Deborah Levy

The Cost of Living is my first Deborah Levy book, but I have questions for those of you who have had the good fortune to read others. Are they all this good? Do you always need to read them with a pen and piece of paper at your side to jot down beautiful quotes? Is […]

A Student of History by Nina Revoyr

Living in northern California, close to San Francisco, I seldom have reason to ever really consider what life in Los Angeles must be like. In the last ten years, beyond the amusement parks that litter the LA suburbs, I’ve never had reason or need to visit. As a backpacking European in the 1990s, a friend […]