Time Of The Month – January 2017

Hello and welcome to a new series - a monthly round up of events. I've never been a big one for diaries, partly because, when I was 15 the boy I like found mine and read it out to everyone (if you're reading this, fuck you Danny!) and partly because I'm a talker - I … Continue reading Time Of The Month – January 2017

Doing Your Tax Return Isn’t That Bad

“Are you serious about this? Then get an accountant.” - Hilary Mantel’s top tip for writing. People really do wang on about doing their tax returns, especially in creative circles. The way people talk about it, you’d think you had to fill out the form in Russian, in triplicate, halfway up Everest. As a consequence … Continue reading Doing Your Tax Return Isn’t That Bad

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

With Good Me Bad Me, Ali Land has given us the perfect psychological thriller. Annie’s mother is a serial killer. For years, she’s been killing little children and getting away with it. But one day, aged 15, Annie can’t take the horror of her mother’s actions any more and turns her into the police. Annie … Continue reading Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

Trip to Thailand – Part Two, Khao Sok National Park

After the joy of drinking and reading in Khao Lak, we headed to Khao Sok national park to stay in Elephant Hills, an adventure tour outfit who offer elephant experiences, jungle tours and luxury jungle accommodation. Our first night, we stayed in the jungle camp, in a tent - but with a bed and en … Continue reading Trip to Thailand – Part Two, Khao Sok National Park

Trip to Thailand – Part 1, Khao Lak

I've just come back from my very delayed honeymoon! Did you miss me? Why do you mean, you didn't notice I'd gone because I'm a wildly inconsistent blogger? Rude. Like almost everyone I know who got married this year, we did two weeks in Thailand as our honeymoon and it was so so blissful. Neither … Continue reading Trip to Thailand – Part 1, Khao Lak

Book Review – Christmas At The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

This charming page-turner is a true delight. The third in the Little Beach Street Bakery series, this book follows feisty baker Polly, her fiancé Huckle and their pet puffin Neil through a sweet and amusing account of the run up to Christmas, dealing with the pressures of work, the problems of their friends and the … Continue reading Book Review – Christmas At The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

The Death of Hope, or Mary Berry’s Tarte Au Citron 

I was talking to a colleague the other day and he said he hated the idea of hope. It was always harking to the future, he said. It drew attention away from what was happening in the present, and set you up for perpetual disappointment. "I hope it doesn't rain today" - so what if … Continue reading The Death of Hope, or Mary Berry’s Tarte Au Citron