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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

Dear Publishing Industry, Please Make These Memoirs Happen

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

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Books To Make Us Feel Better

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

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The Frequency Illusion: On the Kennedys, Books, and Me

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

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

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The Best Books of 2016 so far

Over on Book Riot, a gang of us shared what new books we’ve most enjoyed reading this year. Here’s what I had to say about mine, Good on Paper by Rachel Cantor: I’ve never read anything like this novel before. The main character is a literary translator – certainly something I’d never seen in a… Continue reading The Best Books of 2016 so far