Misery lit

Misery lit

The term ‘misery lit’ has been used to describe the growing genre of autobiographies describing horrific childhoods of poverty and often abuse. I usually avoid…

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The Colonel of Tamarkan

The Colonel of Tamarkan

Back in 2008 I went to Thailand and after doing the usual lovely bits of the backpackers trail my friend Jane and I spent a…

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Being inspired by Bill Clinton

Being inspired by Bill Clinton

Long a fan of the Clintons (see my blog on┬áReading Politics) I was re-inspired by Bill Clinton when watching his speech at the Democratic convention…

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The Queen

The Queen

Over the Jubilee I realised how little I really knew about the Queen. The Guardian editorial that weekend spurred me into action when it suggested…

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Learning how to live life from a good biography

Learning how to live life from a good biography

I went to Cornwall for a few days in April and stayed in the beautiful port of Fowey in a flat with great bay windows…

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