A Jane Austen tour of England’s home counties

Jane Austen's House Museum

“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.” – Jane Austen So wrote our heroine Jane Austen in one of my favourite novels, Northanger Abbey. It is a rare woman in western society who has not encountered Austen during her education or explored her writing further. A […]

My Brilliant Friend: A book to transport you to Italy

naples italy my brilliant friend

Do you read to take yourself to another place, another time? Every now and again I come across a novel so powerful that I feel drawn to the people and places it describes. This book, My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, took me straight to Naples, the island of Ischia and Florence. It is the story […]

Book review: We Should All Be Feminists

We Should All Be Feminists

Have you noticed lately that there has been a groundswell of support for feminist thinking and ideas? Nothing revolutionary but nevertheless a perceptible shift in attitude and women more likely to describe themselves as feminists. It seems even pop starlet Taylor Swift has changed her tune on the matter. I think somewhere in the 1980s […]

My favourite shops in London – part 2 – books and gifts

Penhaligon's candle

Following on from last week’s post on best places in London to get your fashion fix, this week I hope I can help you discover some unique gifts and delve into some wonderful book stores. Gifts Cath Kidston – various locations across London Described as a “modern vintage” brand, Cath Kidston stocks a wide range of […]