My next books…
I’m currently writing A Manual for Heartache, a book about grief, loss and trying to work out how to live in a cruel world which will be published in June 2017. I’m also working on a novel which will be published in Spring 2018.
Working in books…
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. I write a monthly column about books for Stylist and regularly interview authors for The Pool. I often interview authors at festivals and in bookshops, which I love.
What I did before
Until March 2016 I was the Project Director of book industry charity Quick Reads. I was particularly pleased to do it because my Dad used to struggle with reading and it was good to use my 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.
Before that 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. I’m considering following my therapist’s advice and getting a non reading and writing related hobby but can’t make up my mind between netball and playing the ukelele so am pursuing neither.