As a freelance journalist, I write features about books, architecture and design for various publications, including the FT Weekend, Spectator, the Guardian, Country Life and the Economist’s 1843 magazine. Here are a few favourites:
The Secret Life of Sheds (FT Weekend House & Home, 8 November 2019)
The space at the bottom of the garden is the best place to experiment with bold design - I had a really fun time talking to various architects about their beautiful sheds.Read
What really lies behind London's blue plaques (FT Weekend House & Home, 19 July 2019)
My first cover feature for the FT's House & Home section! This piece was a lovely comission: a chance to look into blue plaques - the criteria for getting one, unexpected hitches along the way, their value (taken to have all sorts of meanings), and what it's like living with one.Read
How do authors earn a living? It's a Catch-22 situation (FT Weekend Life & Arts, 7 June 2019)Read
Here are some other recent pieces:
The House that Victor Hugo decorated
(FT Weekend House & Home, 10 May 2019)
Victor Hugo made Guernsey his home-in-exile for fourteen years. While he was there he wrote, a lot, and he also decorated his house in a pretty eccentric, very creative way - it's one of the most extraordinary places I've ever been.
Reading between the lines
(FT Weekend House & Home, 7 March 2019)
Sometimes the most interesting stories are the ones scribbled in the margins of books ... I went to The Vyne, a National Trust Tudor property, to discover the secret life of its library.
Artisans: Fabric wallcoverings turn rooms into cocoons
(FT Weekend House & Home, 1 March 2019)
I spent a day being utterly charmed by Molly Wemyss and her mum Fiona, as they hung fabric walling in a house in Scotland. This is a very old technique that you might spot in a stately home, but Molly's company Stretch Fabric Walling has a refreshingly contemporary take on it. Lovely pics too!
(FT Weekend House & Home, 22 December 2018)
Hidden away in a Dorset woodland, is an unusual, very special, architectural school campus, where all the building materials – and ideas – come from the wood itself.
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.
(FT Weekend House & Home, 26 October 2018)
What’s it like to live in a museum? I met some amazing people who live (actually, for real!) amongst the exhibits and artefacts.
At Home with the FT: Elsie Owusu
(FT Weekend House & Home, 20 September 2018)
I went to the Sussex bolthole of the inspiring Ghanaian architect, who ruffled up RIBA.
Architects’ children recall the joys of growing up on a building site
(FT Weekend House & Home, 29 June 2018)
I spoke to children of various architects – from the very famous to the not at all famous – about what it was like to grow up in a home designed and made by your parents. Basically, it makes you pretty creative.
Private Libraries Make Novel Use of Booksellers
(FT Weekend House & Home, 8 March 2018)
How booksellers and private librarians assemble unusual collections for individuals.
Notes On: The Hidden Rivers that Shape London’s Streets
(Spectator, 17 September 2016)
A little piece about a little obsession of mine – London’s lost rivers.
We wish you a murderous Christmas
(1843, 21 December 2015)
Why the festive time is best for a murder mystery.
Lectures in your Living Room
(Guardian, 10 September 2015)
An introduction to Odd Mondays – a sort of low-key salon which I host, where a bunch of friends talk about odd things of interest.
Finally! A Reason to feel good about buying so many books
(Spectator, 13 June 2015)
It’s not spending, it’s investing – why buying rare editions is actually good for your bank balance.