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Claire’s Week in Books, 29th Jan to 5th Feb

Inbox Very excited to have got approved for a digital advanced review copy of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir, out this month in both the UK and the US. “Through letters and journals, The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir unfolds the struggles, affairs, deceptions, and triumphs of a village choir during World War II.” I loved, loved, loved The… Continue reading Claire’s Week in Books, 29th Jan to 5th Feb

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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

Enjoying DC · Reading

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

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!

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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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Books to Read When You’re Learning a Language

If your New Year’s resolution is to improve your foreign language skills, reading can help! This should come as no surprise. I’ve yet to find anything that reading can’t help. But choosing the right book for your level is essential. It’s easy to get discouraged otherwise, and motivation is maybe the single most important factor… Continue reading Books to Read When You’re Learning a Language