About me

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Reading books…

I can’t remember not being able to read. Reading is my comfort, pleasure, hobby and addiction. Reading makes me think, laugh, cry and feel connected to the world.

My book…

I have written a memoir called The Last Act of Love about the life and death of my brother. It will be published in July 2015 by Picador. Here is the announcement in The Bookseller. I will also be doing events throughout the year.

Working in books…

Quick Reads

I am the Project Director of book industry charity Quick Reads.  I am particularly pleased to be doing this because my Dad used to struggle with reading and is now a massive reader so I have first hand experience of both the causes and effects of low literacy and also the huge pleasure that becoming a reader can bring. This is the speech I made at our launch event in February 2014, and this is a clip of me and my Dad on BBC Breakfast News.

The Bookseller and other journalism

I am Books Editor at The Bookseller and speak and write regularly on literacy, literature and everything in between on TV, radio and in print. I’m also Book Editor at Prima and do a book club with Nikki Bedi on her BBC Radio London show on the first Friday of every month.

What I did before

Before this I worked for Waterstones for 1o years. I started as a Christmas temp at Harrods, then worked in six other shops including Hatchards before moving to a head office role as Publisher Relationship Manager.

When I’m not reading….

I have a very lovely and boisterous five-year-old boy but the honest answer to how I read so much – a question I am often asked – is that I don’t have any other hobbies. I like books and talking to people about books and that’s about it.

Quote of the moment:

As Linda says in The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford: ‘Life is sometimes sad and often dull, but there are currants in the cake…’