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Guest Author – Rosie Wilby on Love (and Creativity) in London

We’re on a roll with this year’s Summer Reads guest line-up. Last week’s post on Older Love by Catherine McNamara has been resonating loudly with readers for its rare affirmation of what later life can hold for women.  Today I’m excited to welcome comedian and author Rosie Wilby to share her unique perspective on matters … Continue reading

A Personal Perspective on Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and the Menopause (Channel 4 TV)

It’s noticeable that menopause, which eventually affects half of the population but has always been cloaked in silence and shame, is being talked about more openly and more often. It would be a brave person who dares to suggest that it’s fashionable, a trend or a passing moment.  Not if 13 million of us have … Continue reading

Nothing like September

If all you want is the book/blog stuff, head straight to the final paragraph. As I return to the Sofa after a long ‘break’, I’d love to be writing the usual September post in which I’m fired up after a lovely trip to France, full of optimism and plans. But I can’t (and you’d probably … Continue reading

Back on the Sofa

This is just a quick hello and update as you haven’t heard from me in a while and it’s lovely that the blog is still getting readers and new followers despite my absence.  I hope you are coping OK in these times of fear, frustration and rage, and for many, terrible hardship and sadness.  It’s … Continue reading

Autumn 2019 on the Literary Sofa

Hope you’ve had a great summer. This is a quick post to say that the Sofa is back in business after the break (although if you missed Charlie Fletcher’s wonderful Writers on Location piece on the Outer Hebrides which magically appeared last week, do check it out) and an update on what I’ve been doing. … Continue reading

Update from the Sofa

I hope regular readers will excuse my unscheduled absence from the Sofa these last few weeks – it’s been more chained-to-desk than lounging around for me lately but there’s lots of good stuff to update you on. Firstly, a very big thank you to everyone who voted for me in the Saboteur Awards – I … Continue reading

Two Weeks in Senegal

When is a travel post a geography lesson? This feels like a bit of both on my family’s recent trip to Senegal in west Africa, but if I only post lovely pictures and talk about touristy things it would give a false impression, not only of the little we saw of the country but also … Continue reading

2019 – A new year on the Sofa

If I leave it any longer it’ll be too late to wish you a happy new year, so consider it done – I hope you had a good break over the holidays.  This is just a quick note to say I’m back, at least in theory… like many, I’m not a fan of January but … Continue reading

My Poolside TBR 2018

This is one of my favourite posts because it always feels like I’m off duty, or soon will be.  For me, the year starts in September – literally, as my birthday is early that month.  I’ll always look back on being 50 as a huge turning point in my life, much of it spent grappling … Continue reading

Two Weeks in Vietnam

Last week was a brilliant start to 2018 with lots of interest in my piece on time management – I’m delighted readers found it helpful.  My blog is usually about books and writing but every year I include a couple of travelogues and this one’s about my family’s recent trip to Vietnam.  We have joined … Continue reading