As a freelance journalist, I write features about books, architecture and design for various publications, including the FT Weekend, Spectator, the Guardian and the Economist’s 1843 magazine. These are the pieces that matter the most to me:
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
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.Read
Here are some other recent pieces:
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.
(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.