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Inspiring Reads


Following on from the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction event a few weeks ago at London’s Southbank Centre, in which Shami Chakrabarti, Grace Dent et al discussed the books that had inspired or impacted them in some way, it made me think about which books had most affected me. I have loved, adored and treasured many, […]

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My Favourite Books


I’m forever being asked what my favourite books are and while the list is forever growing and changing, I’ve read enough books to make a fairly comprehensive decision regarding the ones I’ve loved the best. The following five books are the ones I recommend again, and again and again – often to those who haven’t […]

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Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig


I bought Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive without really knowing what it was about. I followed him on Twitter and had had great things about his fifth novel – The Humans – but it was Reasons to Stay Alive that i bought on a recent trip to my local Waterstones. Depression and mental illness is […]

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The Art of Arm Balances


On Friday, a fortnight after attending a yoga workshop at Triyoga on the King’s Road on getting over the fear of going upside-down (you can read about it here), I spent the evening at Triyoga in Soho, learning how to master the art of arm balances. Run by Celest Pereira, a professionally trained dancer and martial […]

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Summer Reads


For me, one of the very best things about holidays – aside from the sun-soaked evenings, warmer weather and temporary removal from reality – is the opportunity to spend huge chunks of my day reading. When I was growing up, my sisters and I would spend much of our six-week summer holidays at my Grandpa […]

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Cacoa & Coconut Smoothie


A couple of years ago, when I first started running, I read on a few forums that chocolate milk was the chosen post-run drink for a wealth of runners; due in part to its protein to carbohydrate ratio. Suffice to say I took such advice to heart and used to gulp down a litre of […]

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Ali Smith wins the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction


Wow, what a week. I’ve just about caught my breath after a week of incredible festivities to celebrate the twentieth year of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and am looking forward to a weekend of much needed R&R; though having now finished the shortlist I’m hoping to make a considerable dent in Tolstoy’s War & […]

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A God in Every Stone – Kamila Shamsie

Last night, on the eve of the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction’s winner’s announcement, I managed to finish the final of the six shortlisted books; Kamila Shamsie’s A God in Every Stone. When the shortlist was first announced back in April, the weeks ahead seemed like ample time to read the six contenders for […]

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The Bees – Laline Paull

The penultimate book I read from this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist was the only debut featured – Laline Paull’s The Bees. In the interest of complete transparency, the only reason I left it so long to read it is simply because of the six books that made the shortlist, it was the […]

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Following on from the #ThisBookClubLive event that took place at Whistles ten days ago, which saw Kate Mosse, interview the remarkable Lionel Shriver, last night the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction joined forces with Grazia Magazine to host #ThisBookClub at London’s Southbank Centre. An event to celebrate the incredible power of books, an inspiring panel of […]

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