12 May

Poison Penmanship

  Why I chose this book The cover of this book grabbed me immediately. There’s something about the typewritten manuscript, scratched and scrawled over in pencil, that does it for me. I’d wallpaper my downstairs loo in this if I could. Plus, the name of the author jumped out at me: Jessica Mitford. I’ve...
08 Apr

Filthy English

  Anyone else love a good swear? I treat it like a form of verbal exercise, part of a rounded, healthy linguistic lifestyle. It feels invigorating, bold, like jumping into icy mountain rapids. (I’ve done that too, and let me tell you, it made me swear). I swear for the pure, unbridled joy of...
19 Mar

Reading & listening recommendations

  This morning I had a virtual coffee with Jane Ashton, stylist and designer, to share my recommendations for things to read and listen to while we get through this strange period of isolation and lockdown. Here’s a list of everything we chatted about, I think! Let me know if you think I missed...
29 Dec

My year in books

  I have a memory like a goldfish, so when I finish a book I always write about it in my reading journal. I try to capture the feelings it has provoked, note down big ideas or simply quote a beautiful line of prose. I fear that if I don’t make these scribbles right...
11 Dec

First you write a sentence

  I’m only one and a half chapters into First You Write a Sentence by Joe Moran but I’m so excited to have discovered a whole new level of word-geekery that I’m crashing in early with this post. Writing is a passion and an obsession for me, so to find a book that takes...
17 Jul

50 Phenomenal Photographers

  I’ve finally got round to downloading 50 Phenomenal Photographers by The Brand Stylist, Fiona Humberstone, and I’m very pleased I did. Wowee, the standard of talent Fiona has included is breathtakingly high. This is not merely a directory of photographers, but will serve a higher purpose as it will help you make the...
03 Jul

It’s only words

My latest read is this essay “I’m a Pussy” by Jordan Stephens for The Pound Project. Jordan is the Rizzle in Rizzle Kicks (hey fellow 40++ mum friends, remember that catchy tune with the nice Olly Murs chap?!) but he’s also a writer and mental health awareness campaigner who has spoken openly about his...
10 May

The Beauty of Business Books

On a very wet and windy Wednesday this week I joined a colourful and chatty gathering of creative types to celebrate the launch of Elizabeth Cairns’ book The Empowered Entrepreneur in Ealing, West London. After coffee and breakfast, we enjoyed an informal panel discussion where Anna Schmidt of ALSO Home, The Brand Stylist Fiona...
31 May

Young & Mighty Book Launch

Teenagers really love it when you talk about them as babies, right? Oh good. So, I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Henry Patterson since he was a super-cute baby.  We share a love of musical theatre, and he has the singing talent that I know I should have been born with.  He was remarkable...
04 May

Brand Brilliance book launch

Fiona Humberstone is a bestselling author whose flair for brand styling has earned her a huge following.  Her first book, How to Style Your Brand, was a sellout, and the follow up Brand Brilliance which launches this month looks set to do the same. I was delighted to receive a copy from Fiona today, hot off the...