Summer Reading

Normally around this time of year, I'd stocking up on books ready to jet off somewhere and get lost in other people's stories, whilst continually topping up the factor 50. The jetting off might not have happened but I still feel like I've managed to get through just as many books. Since I posted my Lockdown Reading recommendations, I've continued to whizz through books at a rate of knots and it...

FA Cup Memories

I was really pleased to be asked to write about some of my favourite FA Cup Memories for the FA Cup factfile website. Not only was it nice to have an excuse to talk about football when there's not any happening at the moment, it was also nice to relive some matches that I haven't thought about for a little while. You can read my memories, as well as those of some of the most distinguished...

An Australian Adventure

I'm already planning my next trip... I've always wanted to go down under. Watching the cricket, it always felt like a vague dream that one day I'd save up and go. I think the thing that really brought it to life for me was reading Paige Toon's books (check out my previous post on visiting places from my favourite books here.) The first Paige Toon book I read was Chasing Daisy. I picked it up in...

I Heart New York

I finally got to wake up in the city that never sleeps... It's strange visiting New York for the first time. It feels like I know it so well, seeing it so often in films, on TV, the iconic landmarks. But at the same time, it still felt new and alien in the most wonderful way. Whilst visiting, I got to take a walk around central park, take in the view from the Empire State building, visit the...

#FemaleFlashlight – The Eighth Wonder Programme

I was very flattered to be asked to be a #FemaleFlashlight featured as part of a new initiative launched to encourage young girls to go into sports leadership. I am very passionate about sport and have dedicated a lot of time to volunteering for various organisations who promote sports coverage over the years, as well as partaking in activities myself. You can read my blog on the site here and...

A tribute to the ‘tres marvy’ Louise Rennison

I often write about my favourite books or what I am reading on this blog, and when I heard the sad news about Louise Rennison, I wanted to pay my own tribute to one of the vair, vair best. It is with huge sadness that we can confirm the death of our much loved author and friend, Louise Rennison. — HarperCollinsUK (@HarperCollinsUK) February 29, 2016 With every stage of my life, there is a...

The lessons we should learn from the Holocaust

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, dedicated to the remembrance of the six million Jews brutally killed during World War 2 and the many more that suffered throughout. This year's Holocaust Memorial Day marks 71 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and I think this quote from Mark Pigott, writing in the International Business Times, sums up how we can use the lessons from the...

What I’m reading….

Summer holidays are always a great time to get through a fair few books. Here is just a selection of some of the best books of my summer.... Clodagh Murphy  Ok, so technically Clodagh is an author not a book but I stumbled across her at the beginning of summer and have since devoured everything she has written. All her protagonists are strong, unique women and I was completely hooked with each...

A letter to…my Uncle

A letter to… My Uncle I first wrote this letter when I was 17 and my uncle was recovering from another bout of treatment. We were asked to write a letter in the style of The Guardian feature for a college assignment and I knew immediately I wanted mine to be to him. I could never find the words to tell him how proud I was of his bravery- and regrettably I never showed him the letter.  I hope...