The Unlikely Bookworm

About Me

The tale begins many moons ago – way back in 2011 – when my wonderful boss Edwina, director of Amazing PR, suggested I start a book blog. I had tried for the best part of two years to get a job in publishing and after blood, sweat, and many, many tears I found myself working in first fashion, and then beauty PR.

While the world of PR suited me perfectly, my heart was still very much with books and after a short amount of deliberation I took heed of Edwina’s advice and The Unlikely Bookworm was born.

I initially began it with the idea that I would keep a record of the books I was reading from the BBC’s Top 100, but it soon took on a life of its own and I began reading and reviewing new releases – a complete dream for a bookworm like myself.

It soon led me to a job at another PR agency where I looked after romance publishers Mills & Boon, before taking me to what I can only describe as my dream job, working on the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction with one of my favourite authors, the lovely Kate Mosse.

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Since beginning my blog, I have been lucky enough to have a review quoted in The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh – one of my favourite contemporary novels, I’ve appeared on a Society of Young Publishers panel alongside Cathy Rentzenbrink discussing how we choose the books we review, and most recently had my blog mentioned in Stylist Magazine, thanks to a wonderful friend and colleague Francesca Brown – by far the highlight of my blogging career so far.

I have read many, many wonderful books on my blogging journey – some not so great – and some that will stay with me for years to come. One thing’s for sure, my blog has been an incredible journey; one that has opened my eyes to a whole world of literature and further whet my appetite for the many unread books that lie therein.



  1. Alexander S. Flesh
    Posted 24th January 2012 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Dear Lucy:

    Your Uncle Mike put me on to you, and I am enjoying reading about your Holy Grail of digesting the top hundred books—a worthy and exciting challenge.

    We have met on several occasions and are “shirtail” relatives: I’m the American married to Beryl, your Aunt Angela’s sister. We live in Sanibel, Florida and come to Eastbourne in the summer; in fact, we saw you at Mike and Angela’s home this past summer. along with your mother Prue and Anthony.

    i, too, am a blogger and have written on sundry subjects since March 2009. I’ve written 254 blogs in that time. If you would care to sample my blogs, I write under the name of

    In any case, I will follow your brave new world of books with pleasure. Having read in English literature, I’m a bit of a bookworm, as well.

    Keep up the good work. Beryl joins me in warm regards.


    Alex Flesh

    • Posted 24th January 2012 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

      Hi Alex,

      What a lovely message to come home to after a very grey day in London! Of course I remember you – I’m sure we’ve talked about books on many occasions, my favourite being Gone With the Wind! It certainly is a Holy Grail of books to get through, but as I love reading I’m finding it so much fun. I’ll absolutely have a look at your blog as well. Do let me know if you (or Beryl) have any books to recommend so I can give them a read as well.

      Lots of love to you both xx

  2. Alexander S. Flesh
    Posted 25th January 2012 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    The closest thing to “the great American novel” is “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, my personal favourite. They have made two films of it (Alan Ladd, then Robert Redford as Gatsby), both of which missed the mark. I understand a new version with Leonard DiCaprio is in work. Fitzgerald at his best writes poetic prose to raise goose bumps on your skin. It is a must read and a book for the ages.

  3. Posted 26th January 2012 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    To whom it may concern:

    My name is James Conrad and I have written a novel called The Ideal Man, about twenty-nine-year-old Grace Watts, who is feeling stifled in her marriage to David Watts, a successful real estate agent. He is financially secure, but is insensitive, unimaginative, sexually inept and sometimes cruel. As Grace seeks meaning in her life, David becomes annoyed at what he considers “erratic behavior” and frustrated that his wife refuses to let anybody dominate her. Furthermore, he is tempted by the affections of Lana Dyson, his colleague from the real estate agency who is waiting for his increasingly fragile marriage to disintegrate so that she can have him all to herself. However, Grace remains with him because she has a fear of being alone.

    Grace crosses paths with Anthony Parris, an artist who opts for one-night stands because of a fear of intimacy. She becomes disgusted when she sees him in the arms of many different women, but when she unwittingly attends one of his exhibitions, she becomes increasingly drawn to him herself. In turn, Anthony learns that Grace is a dependable confidant. As David begins to let Grace down more and more, Anthony proves – much to her surprise – to be a strong ally. But will he believe her when she expresses her feelings for him?

    The book is published by Fine Tooth Press and has been in print since November 14, 2011. It is also available for the Nook and soon will be made available for Amazon’s Kindle. I would love to ask, what steps should I take to secure a review with your website? Please let me know. I thank you much for your time and consideration. The link to where the book can be purchased is enclosed below, and on that page you will find the page count, price, ISBN and all other relevant information. An electronic copy of the book can be made available upon request.

    Thanks again,
    James Conrad

    P.S. Please feel free to follow me on Twitter @RealJamesConrad

  4. Posted 28th April 2012 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    Hey Lucy,
    I know we don’t know each other, but I was browsing the SYP’s Fb page and somehow ran into you (and other people who seem to be members of it, I assume) then got to your blog.
    Before joining SYP I thought of asking around a bit, how is it like to be a member – and more than that, do you ever manage to go to their events and stuff? To me, this would be a lil’ problem as I live in Portsmouth, but I could make it to London from time to time.
    Thanks so much and I’m looking forward for hearing from you, as I’m not sure yet on whether to do it or not.

    • Posted 17th May 2012 at 9:36 am | Permalink

      Hi Anca,
      I’m so sorry for taking so long to get back to you – I haven’t had a chance to blog for ages! I would definitely reccommend joining the SYP if you’re interested in publishing as it’s a great way to meet people, find out more about the industry and do a bit of networking. Obviously most of the events are held in London (or Oxford) but you also get newsletters and regular emails so I think it’d be worth joining. if you got any more questions feel free to email me at xx

  5. Posted 21st October 2012 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Just wanna say you have a pretty cool blog going :)

    • Posted 21st October 2012 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jeyna, thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you like my blog! If you’ve got any book recommendations (particularly from the BBC Big Read) do let me know :)

  6. Posted 1st May 2014 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    I have been reading your blog for a while now – and I’m subscribed now! – I absolutely love how you write. You voice is both charming, witty, and honest. I am also a 20-something. I was hoping to do an author interview with you if you are available. I am at Please feel free to contact me.
    Thank you,

    Shannon A. Thompson

  7. Posted 4th May 2015 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Great blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are
    so many choices out there that I’m totally confused ..
    Any ideas? Thank you!

    • Lucy
      Posted 4th May 2015 at 9:33 am | Permalink

      Hi there, thanks so much for your lovely comment! I would definitely start with a free platform like wordpress which is what I did – but would definitely advise paying for a domain name – it’s only about £10 a year and means you don’t have .wordpress in your blog URL. WordPress also have some great premium themes which you pay a little bit extra for – I started with a free theme before moving onto a paid one and then got a wonderful website designer to create the latest look. Hope that helps! xox

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