Often found in my natural habitat of South London. Lurking in book
shops, cafes with overpriced cake or that nice pub by the river
that does the fish finger sandwiches.
Sometimes I write websites, sometimes I write books, sometimes I
get to go on holiday and pretend it's work, sometimes I pretend I'm
a novelist and one day that might even be true.
I enjoy pubs that have Scrabble boards, have a penchant for cute
dresses and always say hello to cats in the street. I buy more
books than I can read and write letters that I forget to post. I
wear pink lipstick and drink red wine. I still don't understand why
Day of the Tentacle isn't available on the iPhone yet.
What I’m doing with my life
Winging it and hoping no one notices.
I’m really good at
Train picnics. Making tea. Forgetting to drink said tea. Sending
emails that makes people laugh too loudly at work. Mario Kart.
Air-drumming (that's a lie, I'm bloody rubbish at that). Convincing
people stay out for 'just one more drink' (sorry in advance).
Cobbling together a brilliant dinner with seemingly nothing in the
The first things people usually notice about me
Despite recent photo evidence, I'm probably not wearing a massive
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Oooh, lists. Excellent.
Books - The Poisonwood Bible, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre,
Rebecca's World (if you've read this, I'll probably think you're
quite brilliant). To Kill a Mockingbird. I Want My Hat Back
(seriously, best picture book). Beautiful Ruins was glorious. The
Signature of all Things. I've just finished Mrs Hemingway and it
was wonderful. Best book I've read all year.
Movies - Training Day, The Prestige, An Affair To Remember, Cinema
Paradiso, Lady & The Tramp (yeah, the Disney film), Walk the
Line. Greenwich Picturehouse has rubbish cinema snacks but they do
let you drink cups of tea and I'm all for that kind of film action.
I like smuggling in cookies instead of eating an entire bag of
Revels. No one likes Revels that much.
Food - Everything at least once (one oyster was more than enough,
thanks all the same). I love trying new restaurants but sometimes
I'm playing food writer for work and my tiny kitchen turns into a
makeshift photo studio which is a bit of a pain because I'm hungry.
I'll buy vegetables I've never heard of just because I'm curious
but if I'm hungover I'm likely to just be eating those little
triangle hash browns.
The six things I could never do without
My laptop, a notebook for scribbling, cup of tea in the morning
(milk, no sugar), kissing, stories - listening to them, reading
them, writing them. Oh, and roast potatoes.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Beautiful design, story ideas, where words come from, my friends,
whether or not I should check my bank balance, what book to read
next, where I put my keys because they could be bloody anywhere and
now I've missed my train, what time my next train is.
On a typical Friday night I am
Drinking a couple of glasses of red wine after work and then going
for dinner. Or napping on the sofa after more than a couple of
glasses of wine. Thai food often features but if I was left to my
own devices for long enough, that would probably be true most
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't really like chocolate cake. It's too chocolatey.
You should message me if
You make a chocolate cake that might convince me otherwise.