Book Review: Let The Dead Speak, Jane Casey’s Twistiest Mystery Yet

Let The Dead Speak by Jane Casey Unpicking her twistiest crime scene yet, Maeve Kerrigan is back – and she’s had a promotion. At the end of 2015, the book I wanted to read didn’t seem to exist. There seemed to be a lack of crime novels with ambitious young heroines as protagonists, though there were … More Book Review: Let The Dead Speak, Jane Casey’s Twistiest Mystery Yet

A Cup Of Get Sh*t Done

Get shit done. As a mantra, I don’t imagine my granny would approve. But it’s seen me through deadlines, races, awkward meetings, breakups, and pretty much my entire twenty-something life. More thousands of words to write than hours in the day? Get shit done. No sleep, surviving on coffee, horrible “real-life” workload? Get shit done. Want to stay in … More A Cup Of Get Sh*t Done

Ch-ch-ch-changes: 2016, the story of a quarter-life breakthrough

It’s that time of the year again. Everything tastes of change – the air, the breeze, the extra shot of espresso in the morning. There’s something about the shift through autumn into winter that puts the year in perspective. And as 2016 moves to its close, I figure it’s time to look back at everything that’s happened.

Prepare for some oversharing. And some cheese. And some gifs. As per. … More Ch-ch-ch-changes: 2016, the story of a quarter-life breakthrough

7 Reasons Literacy is a Superpower

Matilda is one of my favourite literary heroines – strong-minded, smart, sassy, an enthusiast in life. And Roald Dahl’s novel, other than being the rebellious nerd’s handbook to growing up good, has a very special message I don’t think any other makes quite so brilliantly: books are magic (uniquely, portably so) and they give us power – super powers – that we barely notice.

Here are my musings upon that, with some ideas for how we can become Real Life Superheroes. … More 7 Reasons Literacy is a Superpower

No Taboo, No Problem: Writing about Controversial Topics

Tuesday, 7.30pm, logging on to twitter. I’m leaving work, passing elegant Georgian houses-turned-offices, cutting through leafy squares full of exhausted suits, smiling when I run into someone with a friendly dog that doesn’t care that it’s London and talking to strangers just isn’t the done thing. There’s something about that time of the day: the shackles … More No Taboo, No Problem: Writing about Controversial Topics

6 Books To Challenge The Way You Think About Thinking

If you’re like me and you chase that feeling where it’s like an author has just bitchslapped your brain with a brilliant idea, when you can feel your hair stand on end because you *just never thought of it that way before*, or when your whole world turns into a warm ball of goo because everything has been tilted on its axis and you barely know up from down anymore then here are six non-fiction books for you (fiction recommendations coming soon). … More 6 Books To Challenge The Way You Think About Thinking

Recline, Refresh, Rethink : 10 thoughts from 10 days on a boat

Holidays. Sweet, sunbright holidays. Glorious free time: carved out of the calendar in pink highlighter, counted down to with glee, finally arriving with a sense of smug satisfaction as you set your out-of-office email and flee for the hills or the sea. Here is an excellent video by my brother about where we went and … More Recline, Refresh, Rethink : 10 thoughts from 10 days on a boat

Books vs. Films: a love/hate relationship with ‘creative license’

Later this year (actually right around my birthday), a new Tim Burton film is coming out. Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiars. Based on the Ransom Riggs hit 2011 novel, ‘Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children’, there’s reason to be excited. I loved those books. The first I downloaded in an airport, not expecting much, but … More Books vs. Films: a love/hate relationship with ‘creative license’

PERSONALbrand IDENTITYcrisis: Risk Taking, Self Making

Every so often I have these days where I slightly freak out and panic. Not in an anxiety way. No, no, no. It’s not sinister. It’s kind of the opposite. More like excitement. Intense. Scary. Exhilarating. Excitement. Like a ‘holy shit the world is so big and how did you pull that off and how … More PERSONALbrand IDENTITYcrisis: Risk Taking, Self Making

Book Review: After the Fire, Maeve Kerrigan Returns in Jane Casey’s Latest Mystery

    After the Fire by Jane Casey Mysteries lie within mysteries in Jane Casey’s sixth Maeve Kerrigan novel… but was it arson, an accident, or murder?   It was twitter that introduced me to Jane Casey and the Maeve Kerrigan series – a turn of good fortune I’ve celebrated since opening the first page … More Book Review: After the Fire, Maeve Kerrigan Returns in Jane Casey’s Latest Mystery