Most of my working life has been spent in the book world, first as a bookseller then as a freelance writer and reviews editor for two magazines (first Waterstone’s Books Quarterly then We Love This Book), and I can’t think of a nicer place to be. In this blog I pick out snippets of book news that interest me, talk about some of the books I’ve just read and alert readers to titles that might not find themselves in the glare of the publicity spotlight.
In case you’ve stumbled upon A Life in Books and are wondering whether it’s worth spending any time here, a guide to my reading taste might be useful. I read widely but particularly enjoy literary fiction and searching out interesting debuts. Favourite authors range from Siri Hustvedt, Helen Dunmore and Kate Atkinson to Haruki Murakami, Kent Haruf and Colm Tóibin.
I’m more than happy to look at review copies but may not have time to cover everything sent to me. I only write about books I’ve enjoyed – life’s too short to spend time on anything else! Please use the Contact Me page if you would like to get in touch with me. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.