My next books…
I’m currently writing A Manual for Heartache which will be published in January 2017 and a novel which will be published in Spring 2018.
Working in books…
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 Contributing Editor at The Bookseller and speak and write regularly on literacy, literature and everything in between on TV, radio and in print.
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 six-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.