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All because of Aaron Sorkin: how the West Wing changed me

The internet is aflutter with excitement about Aaron Sorkin’s new television show, The Newsroom. All kinds of questions are being asked: how will Sorkin write a Republican protagonist? Where’s Bradley Whitford? Will The Newsroom air anywhere besides the US? Here’s what I’m asking: will it change lives? Because The West Wing changed mine. For a… Continue reading All because of Aaron Sorkin: how the West Wing changed me

Reading · West Wing stuff

Claire’s Week in Books, 10th to 17th July

The last few months have been a bit crazy, and blogging has taken a bit of a back seat as, to be honest, has reading. But it’s summer – aka Claire’s High Reading Season – and I’ve been revving up again. Inbox The Fangirl Life: A Guide to All the Feels and Learning to Deal,… Continue reading Claire’s Week in Books, 10th to 17th July

DC for West Wing fans · Writing

Claire’s Last Few Weeks in Books!

It’s  (almost) here! Walk With Us: How The West Wing Changed Our Lives will be published on 14th May, 2016, ten years after the last episode of the show aired for the last time. The collection of essays and quotes features essays and quotes by fans from six different countries, many different professions, and aged from 20 to… Continue reading Claire’s Last Few Weeks in Books!

Reading · West Wing stuff

Genre Kryptonite: Political Campaign Novels

In the summer of 2009, I fell in love with the English language and American politics at the same time. I have Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing to thank for that. As a child and pre-teen, I read voraciously and wrote prolifically, but when we moved to England and my mother tongue, French, began to… Continue reading Genre Kryptonite: Political Campaign Novels

Enjoying DC · Reading

Claire’s Week in Books, 3rd to 10th April

Inbox I’m delighted to have been approved for a digital review copy of Jennifer Close’s The Hopefuls. In the words of the legendary book-world queen Rachel Ferschleiser, it’s all about “sexy political shenanigans”, and I am here for that. Literally. I’m in DC because I love politics and I love reading about it and writing… Continue reading Claire’s Week in Books, 3rd to 10th April

Reading

If You Own This Book We Should Probably Be Friends

“I think most serious and omnivorous readers are alike – intense in their dedication to the word, quiet-minded, but relieved and eagerly talkative when they meet other readers and kindred spirits.” I love this quote by Paul Theroux, and I’m never more excited than when I find not just a fellow reader, but a fellow… Continue reading If You Own This Book We Should Probably Be Friends