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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

Eating · Reading · Writing

Pre-order my book and get free pizza!

My characters Dan and Libby love Pizza Express. Maybe you do too? Cilck pledge to pre-order my novel at the Paperback level or above during March, fill in your name and email here, and you’ll be entered into a draw to win a £50 Pizza Express voucher. Ts and Cs: the pledge must be made… Continue reading Pre-order my book and get free pizza!

West Wing stuff · Writing

At Last: a Book of One’s Own

It’s been, I admit, very quiet on this blog of late. What with writing the Brit Lit Blog, where I round up news and views from British books and publishing every weekday, writing for Book Riot, writing about new books out each week and each month especially for my Patreon supporters, and putting out my… Continue reading At Last: a Book of One’s Own

Reading

Claire’s Top 10 Books of 2017 (and a few extra)

This is a hard post to write, for all the best reasons: I’ve had a great reading year. I’ll have made it to fifty books, in the nick of the time and with the help of some short reads towards the end. I’ve had comparatively few disappointments. I’ve tried to be a bit more discerning… Continue reading Claire’s Top 10 Books of 2017 (and a few extra)

Reading

5 British Books to Look Out For in the US in October

If there’s a theme to this month’s offering of British books being published in the US, it’s challenge. There’s the challenge of fighting the patriarchy. There’s the challenge of dealing with the internet and the surprising and sometimes dark world it opens up, and the challenge of imagining a world in which teen girls hold the… Continue reading 5 British Books to Look Out For in the US in October