Sunday, 17 March 2013

Busy Bologna Book Fair

I always think of Bologna Book Fair as the start of Spring - normally it's cold but still sunny enough to sit in the piazza and enjoy a glass of prosecco after a hard day's work. This year however, I'm not sure we'll be as lucky. Even though I will be pretty busy inside the Fair most of the week, I will be packing an umbrella just to be on the safe side. If you want a better idea of what exactly happens at Book Fairs, you can take a look at this previous post on mslexia's blog.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

The Fault in Our Stars

I've been meaning to read The Fault in Our Stars for a while now. It's one of those books that lots of people have told me about. I finally started, and finished, it last week. It was incredible. Heart-breaking but full of achingly beautiful, stripped back prose. I borrowed a copy to read but now that I know what everyone was talking about in the first place, I desperately want my own copy. 

I read another book by John Green called Paper Towns a few years ago and I enjoyed it, but I didn't love it. Just goes to show that you shouldn't always judge a book by what the author has written before.

Monday, 18 February 2013


I went away down to Devon this weekend and completely lucked out with the weather. There was sunshine, actual sunshine. What a difference it makes. Sure it was cold, but everyone was in a great mood. There were children crabbing over the harbour wall, old couples in matching walking gear and a ridiculously cute labrador puppy who was excited about everything. It's always so nice getting out of London and heading for the countryside. The pace of life seems slower (but maybe that's because I was on holiday). It's just so relaxing being by the sea - I love the sound it makes as the waves wash up on the shore. I love the sound of seagulls less but maybe I should just be grateful that none of them pooed on my head this time. That happened last summer in Wales and I can tell you, it doesn't feel like such good luck when it happens to you.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013


It's at times like these that I'm grateful I'm a fast reader. I have a massive stack of reading to get through; manuscripts that we're taking to Bologna, books for acquisitions and somewhere in-between those piles, there are quite a few other books I'd like to read for fun. Books I've been recommended, heard good things about or sound interesting. Then there is that other reading pile by my bed - books that are aimed at grown ups - that at some point I'd quite like to read. I might save them for my next holiday. Although as I discovered last year on such a holiday, they really do have quite a lot of words in them. I guess I'm just used to reading children's books now and their shorter word counts. That said I think you can have a lot more fun reading them in a lot less words. Sometimes makes me wonder why I bother with adult books at all.

Sunday, 20 January 2013


Despite the fact that I had to cancel all my well laid plans this weekend, I LOVE the snow! I love how mesmerising it looks falling, and how it creaks when you step in it. Snow brings back memories of building igloos at school, of my sister and I sledging unbelievably fast down the hills where we live, of being told for the very first time that each flake is totally unique. It basically makes me feel like I'm eight, instead of twenty eight. I don't like the grey London sludge you get when it all starts to melt though which is why I made the most of it this weekend and indulged my inner child with snowball fights and a little snowman!

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

New Year

I know New Year's Eve can often be one of those nights that get over hyped, but I've always enjoyed it. I like the promise of a fresh start. I like that you get to look back over everything you've done in the last year and then think about what you want from the future. 2012 was pretty good to me although December turned out to be fairly quiet, largely because I was ill for most of the month (hence my complete lack of blogging). As for what 2013 has in store, well, so far it's shaping up to be a pretty exciting year all round. Even the cold, cold weather hasn't dampened my enthusiasm yet - or maybe I'm just excited by the possibility of snow!

Sunday, 25 November 2012


Even though my little sister has spent the last year on the other side of the world, I still consider us incredibly close. Sure, being in the same time zone helps but even living on different continents hasn't changed that fact that she is, and will always be, my best friend. I wrote a short piece about her when she was away and am really delighted that it's been published in the beautiful magazine Ballad Of Sarah Lou.  It's always a nice feeling seeing something I've written in print but this feels even more special now that my sister's decided she wants to move back down under, permanently.