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
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.
It’s almost beach time for me, and the most exciting thing about that as far as I’m concerned is that it also means extra book time! There are some great reads coming out in July. Click here to see more info on those I recommend.
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!
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
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
“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