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Two Weeks in the Canadian Rockies and NW Montana

There’s nothing like mountains, or any vast natural landscape formed millions of years ago, to remind us humans how tiny and temporary we are.  When you look at it that way, our trip to the Canadian Rockies and north-western corner of Montana wasn’t as long ago as it feels (back at the beginning of my … 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

Writers on Location – Amanda Huggins on Japan

Welcome to the first guest post of the new season, a special one in several ways.  It’s the first time Japan has featured in my Writers on Location series, and also the first time I’ve had the pleasure of hosting an award-winning travel writer.  Amanda Huggins’ fiction and travel writing have been published in a … Continue reading

Autumn preview 2018

Welcome back to the Literary Sofa – I hope you enjoyed a long hot summer and some good books.  This is a quick Hello, I’m back! and glimpse of the upcoming programme on the blog. I always know it’s been a good break when I come back raring to get stuck into everything, and there’s nothing … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Clare Atkins on Darwin, Australia

It’s always exciting when a guest post hits my inbox. The writers are here because I love their work, and the pieces invariably give a telling and enticing flavour of the writing and the book.  How they choose to go about that is entirely their call; although the Writers on Location posts often do inspire … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Kerry Hadley-Pryce on the Black Country

A record number of Summer Reads authors are joining me on the Sofa this year and most are welcome additions to the popular Writers on Location series.  This is especially true of today’s guest Kerry Hadley-Pryce, whose second novel Gamble is set in the Black Country, a part of the UK I have not encountered … Continue reading

Writers on Location – Elise Valmorbida on the Veneto, Italy

Of the many selections I’ve put together, I don’t think any have received such an enthusiastic response as my Summer Reads 2018 – many thanks for your interest, appreciation and especially for sharing it.  At a time when the role and motivation of book bloggers is (yet again) under discussion, the joy of spreading the … Continue reading

A Week in Marseille

I’ve recently returned from a glorious week in Marseille staying with my lifelong friend G, the younger daughter of my French godmother (my own French story is here, and it’s a long one…)  This isn’t a full-on travel post as it wasn’t a holiday as such, although you could be forgiven for thinking so – … 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

Two Weeks in Northern Spain (Asturias/Cantabria/Galícia)

Hope you’ve had a good summer – it’s great to be back on the Sofa after the break and I’ve spent the last couple of days fine-tuning an autumn programme featuring brilliant authors and some really interesting and original books. But it’s not always just about books here, so the new season kicks off with … Continue reading

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