Category Archives: Writing

Stephen Fry’s got it wrong

So blogging’s taken a back seat  since I “fell” pregnant (a delightfully quaint phrase). My apologies. But I return to the keyboard this week to discuss pedantry. I’m sure you’ve seen the fuss this week over Waterstone’s and their decision to … Continue reading

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Winning, and an odd bit of litter

Two things happened today. The first was a little odd, the second was just unexpected. I walk to work, as many of you know, and this morning was ambling down Mansfield Road when I spotted something lying on the pavement. … Continue reading

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Author evening with Julie Myerson

I’d met Julie Myerson before Thursday evening’s event at Waterstone’s in Nottingham. A few years back I bumped into her at the Guardian First Book Award party and told her how much I loved her book ‘Something Might Happen’ which … Continue reading

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Why Music Matters: Elbow Leaders of the Free World

In 2003 I miscarried a baby. It’s terribly common, to lose a child like this, but it’s not talked about much. It was a late miscarriage, 17 weeks, and involved a short labour process and a tiny but perfectly formed … Continue reading

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Why Music Matters: Tom Waits Closing Time

I first heard Tom Waits in the sixth form at school. My friend Debbie and I were starting to listen to stuff that wasn’t in the charts and she came into the study room one day and said “listen to … Continue reading

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Why Music Matters: Carole King Tapestry

Ah, I hear you say, but Carole King can’t sing for toffee! Does that matter? One of the most influential songwriters of the latter 20th century, creator of one of the most controversial (of its time) songs of the Sixties, yes, … Continue reading

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Why Music Matters: Bruce Springsteen Born to Run

It seems to me that people who don’t like Springsteen never quite get over not liking Springsteen. I like a lot of different music but the one that friends bring up time and again is Springsteen. If you listened to … Continue reading

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