Blogmas Day 21: Christmas Reads

One day I’d love to own and run a book shop. It would be called Pages and would also sell excellent coffee and big slabs of homemade cake. It would have comfy, buttery, deep-seated leather armchairs and wooden floors and the best events, workshops and literature based discussions. And at Christmas, I would have a […]

Blogmas Day 20: Seasonal Bookseller Throwback

Round about this time of year but back in 2013, I worked as a Seasonal Bookseller at Waterstones Piccadilly; the flagship store. And in short, it was the best job I ever had. That’s right. You heard it here first. I loved it, I loved being surrounded by books, stroking their spines and restocking them, […]

Week 40: The good, the bad and the unexpected (The caffeine edition)

Monday: The Good Meeting my lovely South African friend after work for an evening coffee. If I had my way I’d keep coffee shops and bookshops open until at least 10pm. Who needs a pub booth, when you can have a warm, chocolate leather armchair? The Bad Having a horrible day. Sometimes bosses are a […]

Week 32: The good, the bad and the unexpected

Monday: The Good Getting to work early and starting the day with a creamy coffee. The Bad The rain. Getting absolutely soaked in a monsoon-like downpour, I could have stood in the shower fully clothed and been drier. My shoes broke, my bag got soaked and all my foundation ran all over my white blazer. […]

Week 31: The good, the bad and the unexpected

Monday: The Good The fact that the need for modesty bags to cover dirty magazines has finally been recognised. Couldn’t agree more, no one wants to be flashed when they’ve innocently popped to the co-operative for a bunch of bananas and some rice cakes. The Bad Walking all the way to Topshop to collect my […]

Week 29: The good, the bad and the unexpected

Monday: The Good The early morning sun. The Bad The fact that it was my last day as a 22-year-old. The Unexpected My train was cancelled so I had to catch the considerably later train and endure exotic aromas and unbearable heat while the station staff tried to work out how to operate the doors. […]

Week 26: The good, the bad and the unexpected

Monday: The Good Waking up in the morning, safe in the knowledge that I have a permanent job. Plus an evening jog with the mother. The Bad The weekend really isn’t long enough, the work to play ratio needs adjusting. Eating a giant bag of Strawbs, naughty but nice. The Unexpected Managing to catch the […]

Week 20: The good, the bad and the unexpected

Monday: The Good My commute with Danny Wallace’s ‘Friends like these’; he is an amazing writer. The Bad Being at work after a long and busy weekend. Ich bin sehr mude. The Unexpected Realising that I’m young and time is perhaps on my side. Learning, courtesy of Mr Danny Wallace, that my twenties are an […]

Week 14: The good, the bad and the unexpected

Monday: The Good Being in Bath. Being able to escape from my life for a little while. Feeling excited for the challenges of the coming week. The Bad Needing the toilet on a long journey. The Unexpected Finally…finally finishing the Host. It was well worth persevering with as it was quite superb. And now I […]

Week 6: The good, the bad and the unexpected

Monday:  The Good A Hazelnut Latte. A Pen. A rather large wad of Paper. And thoughts finally appearing on a page. The Bad Cigarette smoke ruining my Starbucks experience. The Unexpected The Police warning a haughty lad outside the toilet I was in. Awkward. Tuesday: The Good Going for a bracing walk in the cold. […]