Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

In mid-July I read Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. It is a hugely important book and one…

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Books of the Year 2019

Books of the Year 2019

If you are wondering what to read to take you through the dark days of January and February, here are my books of 2019, with…

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Late summer reading

Late summer reading

I got a lovely pile of books for my birthday in July and have enjoyed some eclectic late summer reading in the last few weeks….

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New Year reading

New Year reading

In January I started to read my way through my Christmas books, starting with Logical Family by Armistead Maupin. I think I’ve read every novel…

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Viceroy's House

Viceroy’s House

In April I went to the cinema to see Viceroy’s House and it immediately made me want to read more about the history of the…

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Mistresses of Cliveden

Mistresses of Cliveden

I was fortunate enough to spend a night at Cliveden in March with my partner, wandering the grounds, tackling the maze, drinking cocktails, eating a…

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Heatherley

Heatherley

Heatherley by Flora Thompson is the ‘lost sequel’ to Lark Rise to Candleford and I’m really surprised it is not better known. Having moved to…

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Elizabeth and her German garden

Elizabeth and her German garden

On Radio 4 one evening I caught a few minutes of A Book at Bedtime and it was so simple, poetic and charming, I immediately…

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The Viceroy's daughters

The Viceroy’s daughters

I decided to read The Viceroy’s Daughters by Anne de Courcy on holiday in Egypt, having previously enjoyed her book The Fishing Fleet and being generally interested…

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Black diamonds

Black diamonds

For Christmas my sister gave me, amongst other lovely things, Black diamonds: the rise and fall of an English dynasty by Catherine Bailey. I only got…

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