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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

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

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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

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Claire’s Week in Books, 27th March to 3rd April

Inbox The Flip Side, by Shawn Johnson It’s almost time for my once-in-four-years obsession with gymnastics, so this YA novel, co-written by gold medalist Shawn Johnson, is perfectly timed. From the Goodreads blurb: Charlie Ryland has a secret. She may seem like your average high school sophomore—but she’s just really good at pretending.Because outside of… Continue reading Claire’s Week in Books, 27th March to 3rd April

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Claire’s Week in Books, 13th to 20th March

My outbox is shamefully empty – and it’s not because I’m not enjoying my reading. Quite the contrary: I’m really liking Allison Winn Scotch’s In Twenty Years, which I’m super lucky to have as a physical ARC. It’s just that life is ridiculously busy, with a deadline for a cool piece I am writing for a… Continue reading Claire’s Week in Books, 13th to 20th March

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Introducing The List App Book Club

You might know me by my now as “that blogger who’s obsessed with The List App”. You wouldn’t be wrong. I discovered the app on the day it went public – 14th October 2015, a day that will go down as momentous in my personal social media history – and immediately wrote a post about it for… Continue reading Introducing The List App Book Club