Academic writing, disciplines and difference

I am privileged to work on some very international and interdisciplinary journals. This has brought me into correspondence with a wide range of authors from different academic and geographic backgrounds. Every academic discipline has its own language, even when it is all conducted in English (or any other language). There are specialised vocabularies such that a… Continue reading Academic writing, disciplines and difference

Gardening (and reading about gardening)

  Moving into my first house last year brought lots of new lessons in home ownership but also in gardening. I had insisted that my next home had to be a house, with a garden, but probably underestimated both the care and reward involved, in that order. On moving in, the small front and back… Continue reading Gardening (and reading about gardening)

Repatriation and the reality of going home

  [The long summer holiday is a time when many expatriates are on the move, in line with the school year. This post originally appeared over at Your Expat Child but I'm re-posting it here ahead of the moving season.] Having successfully moved a family abroad, the idea of the return journey can seem like a… Continue reading Repatriation and the reality of going home

Book review: Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall cover

  I finished reading Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall on the day the UK’s Public Lending Right revealed figures to show that its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, was the 8th most borrowed library book in the country in 2013. Apparently this is the first Man Booker Prize-winning book to feature in the top ten and… Continue reading Book review: Wolf Hall

Book review: Mrs. Hemingway

Photograph of Mrs. Hemingway book with chocolates in background

I was lucky enough to go along to the book launch for Naomi Wood’s (@NaomiWoodBooks) second book, Mrs. Hemingway. The British Library venue was buzzing with happy authors, publishing folk, family and friends. In her speech, Wood’s editor, Francesca Main (@FrancescaMain, Picador), introduced the author as 'Hemingway's fifth wife'. Wood then read movingly not from… Continue reading Book review: Mrs. Hemingway

Mini-returns and unfamiliar ‘homes’

Photograph of Gardens by the Bay

Towards the end of last year I went on a wonderful three-week holiday to Australia. It is one of my favourite places, if it is fair to think of it as one place – in three weeks I saw just a tiny fraction of it on this visit. My parents lived in Melbourne for a… Continue reading Mini-returns and unfamiliar ‘homes’

Book review: The Rosie Project

The worldwide release of The Rosie Project caught my eye a long time before I saw it advertised on posters at tube stations. The title on its own conjured an English-country garden image of spring flowers in muted purples and yellows, so the bright, abstract cover in red, white, black and green caught my eye… Continue reading Book review: The Rosie Project