Recommended Reads

Like any writer, I try and read as much as I can. My most recent favourite reads are:

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  • Skippy Dies by Paul Murray – funny, clever, moving, poignant, this is the kind of book you can get happily lost in for hours.
  • The Night Watch by Sarah Waters – a brilliant evocation of post-war Britain.
  • Mrs Hemmingway by Naomi Woods – Exquisitely written, this book wears its craft with lightness and grace, deftly evoking history and character and plunging us straight into the heart of each woman’s story.


Some other, long-standing favourites are:

I love pretty much anything by Margaret Atwood, Carol Shields, Ann Tyler, Barbara Trapido, and Isabel Allende. Other favourite novels include:

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  • Not Wanted on The Voyage, Timothy Finlay
  • When Rain Clouds Gather, Bessie Head
  • The Shipping News and Accordion Crimes, Annie Proulx
  • The White People, Maggie Gee
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer

Short Stories

  • No-one Belongs Here More Than You, Miranda July
  • For Esme, With Love and Squalour, J.D.Salinger
  • After Rain, William Trevor
  • Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, Alice Munro


  • The Adoption Papers, Jackie Kay
  • Belfast Confetti, Ciaran Carson
  • Kid, Simon Armitage



  • Out of Time, the pleasures and perils of ageing, Lynne Segal
  • Edgelands, Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts
  • The Small Heart Of Things, Julian Hoffman