I write, mostly about books, sometimes about architecture and design. Sometimes these things are a means of writing about something else – a way of getting closer to the truth of a situation.
My features and reviews have appeared in publications including the Financial Times, Spectator, Guardian, 1843, the TLS and Country Life.
These pieces are the most important to me:
At Home with Elif Shafak (FT Weekend House & Home, 22 May 2020)
Such a treat to interview Elif Shafak in her beautiful London home. The Turkish writer was warm, welcoming, very inspiring and had the most amazing sky-high bookshelves!Read
A home not a hospital (FT Weekend House & Home, 13 March, 2020)
Architect Sarah Wigglesworth showed me around her gorgeous future-proofed home, and I spoke to WWM Architects about their trend-bucking new Almshouse - two very different models of age-friendly architecture.Read
Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie (The Spectator, 2 November 2019)
An amazing collection of essays, which prompted, I think, probably one of the best bits of critical writing I've done.Read
How do authors earn a living? It's a Catch-22 situation (FT Weekend Life & Arts, 7 June 2019)Read
Books on the Street – The Rise of Micro-libraries (FT Weekend Magazine, 3 August, 2018)
While we bemoan the tragic dwindling in our public libraries, informal book-swaps - "micro-libraries" - are on the rise. I look at how, where and why.Read