Thursday 23 May 2024

This month's Substack is an essay about discovering (being saved by) Prince as a lonely teenager in the late 80s. Read Sometimes It Snows In May for free here

Friday 26 April 2024

Here's my Substack piece for April, a personal essay about my parents' divorce and growing up in the 1970s: The Art of Escapism - How James Bond Can Help you Survive a Parental Divorce. Read it for free here

Friday 19 April 2024

I reviewed Whale Fall, Elizabeth O' Connor's visceral, politically-engaged novel set on a remote island off the Welsh coast in 1938, for the Guardian

Thursday 28 March 2024

My Substack essay for March is a piece about the pleasures and perils of having a favourite writer, through the prism of Hanif Kureishi's novella, The Nothing. Read Épater La Bourgeoisie for free here

Thursday 21 March 2024

Here's my take on Adelle Waldman's new novel, Help Wanted, her follow up to the sparkling The Love Affairs of Nathanial P from 2013, in the TLS

Thursday 7 March 2024

I reviewed Fervour, Toby Lloyd's debut novel of religious obsession and family implosion, in the Guardian

Friday 16 February 2024

A second Substack post from me: Thanks, I'll Take the Chair, a personal essay from a couple of years ago about therapy, trauma, and never giving up on writing. It was first published in the excellent Dodo Ink anthology Trauma: Essays on Art and Mental Health (2021). Read it for free here