We’re living in unprecedented times – emotions and anxieties are at an all-time high for many of us. Cooped up inside, we’re unsure when we’ll next see friends, family, or indeed anyone that isn’t the supermarket check-out assistant. As we get used to our new normal – as jobs become remote, and our social lives… Continue reading 5 Literature-inspired ways to spend lock-down
It’s perhaps ironic that I ended up buying and writing a book review of The Woman In The Window because I read the recent expose in The New Yorker of its author, A J Finn, Dan Mallory’s alias. Mallory’s life – and his web of lies, it turns out – could give his own characters… Continue reading The Woman in the Window Book Review: A J Finn’s twisty thriller is a fascinating study of a mind unleashed
Beheadings, Roman brutality and a Parliament of Fowls — doesn’t sound very romantic, does it? The truth is that Februarys’ celebrated holiday — St. Valentine’s Day — has a complex and varied history. The truth is, little is known about the origins of Valentine’s. Like many of the highlights of history, the titular Saint Valentine… Continue reading The real St. Valentine
Photo by JESHOOTS.com from Pexels I've always had a love-hate relationship with running and exercise. On the one hand, nothing quite beats the feeling of knowing you’ve just completed 10 k. Running is also good-quality thinking time. I’ve made some pretty important — if not life-changing — decisions whilst running. It’s also a great time… Continue reading Running Away those January Blues
Photo by Nik MacMillan on Unsplash Rewind back to the spring of 2018 and celebrated Irish author, Roddy Doyle, is being interviewed by Stephanie Merritt as the celebrated Hay Festival enters its 30th year. The topic is Doyle’s latest offering: a harrowing story of childhood trauma, secrets, and self-revelation. The date of Doyle’s interview is significant: the 25th… Continue reading The Best of 2018: Roddy Doyle’s ‘Smile’
Read ‘Humbug to Hygge’ Savage Online JESSICA BEASLEY considers ‘hygge’ and the Yuletide legacy of Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol. Unless you have decided to boycott bookshops this winter, almost undoubtedly you will have encountered the nation’s growing fascination with hygge–the art of Danish happiness. For those of us with neither the funds nor inclination… Continue reading Charles Dickens: The Man Who Invented Christmas 🎄
The world-famous Hay Festival celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. The festival’s location is in the picturesque village of Hay-on-Wye in Wales, formerly known as ‘The Town of Books.’ Founded by Norman, Rhoda and Peter Florence in 1988, the festival has humble origins, with its events originally being held in a variety of locations including… Continue reading Hay Festival 2018: The Highlights – Ian McEwan, Michael Morpurgo, Margaret Atwood and more!