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
This was my bookish week. How was yours? Inbox Who’s That Girl, by Mhairi McFarlane I loved Mhairi McFarlane’s You Had Me At Hello a couple of years ago, not least because she is British and roughly my age, so a novel set partly in the university years of her characters brought back happy memories. As… Continue reading Claire’s Week in Books, 28th August to 4th September
Am I ever going to manage to be consistent about this “weekly” post? Probably not. But nevertheless, here are the books I acquired (inbox) and finished (outbox) last week, as well as my next read (in the queue). Inbox Kick, by Paul Byrne A while back, when researching new books for the magazine where I… Continue reading Claire’s Week in Books, 21st to 28th August
Dear Publishing Industry, I hope you’re well. Thanks for everything you’ve done for me so far; I don’t want you to think me ungrateful. But would you like more of my dollars? I suspect that you would, so here’s an easy way to get some of them. I live in hope that some of the people… Continue reading Dear Publishing Industry, Please Make These Memoirs Happen
When I’m under the weather or in need of cheering up, I often turn to Friends to make me laugh and for the reassuring comfort of familiarity. But it’s not just TV: books can play a comforting role in our lives, too. We re-read Pride and Prejudice when someone breaks our heart to reassure ourselves… Continue reading Books To Make Us Feel Better
It would be completely on brand for me to be obsessed with the Kennedys. I’m fascinated by the Cold War and by the American presidency. I’m partial to good-looking men, too, especially those with left-leaning views and mysterious and fascinating histories. IfPeople Magazine is any kind of indicator, half of Americans are still starved for… Continue reading The Frequency Illusion: On the Kennedys, Books, and Me
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
I got to interview my friend Karin Tanabe about her new historical novel, The Gilded Years, for Washington Life magazine. Click here to read our conversation about the writing process and the extraordinary woman who inspired her third book.