I have a friend – educated, married, children, job, house, big extended family, 2 holidays a year, good looking – who nine times out of ten returns her clothes purchases. These are often skinny jeans, black, shapely, which I always think look perfect on her. They’re too baggy around the bum, she says, this being … More Shopping Bulimia explored one case study
It started with a moment. A thought. As most things do. I’d have a busy year, a full year of full time drama training in London. Two Rep shows. Directing a play at the Lyric, Hammersmith. My first television job. It’s safe to say, domesticity had not been my focus. With new lenses in, I … More Ten benefits of a Minimalist Life
8 1/2. It’s a film by Fellini. It’s also eight and a half years since I was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In February 2009, I had to both fight for my life and assimilate the fact that my life, if I was to have one, was changing forever. What I thought would happen to … More As time goes by…
Well, I haven’t posted for a couple of years. I started this blog as a way to…what? Pass the time? Step away from the sofa for an hour? Convince myself that despite not having a family, my life is good? All three are true, but I no longer have to convince myself or other people … More The past two years…
I’ve just finished reading Dead Babies and Seaside Towns by Alice Jolly. I had wanted to support this book when I saw it appear on the Unbound website some time ago, but for one reason or another I somehow put it off. I apologise to Ms Jolly for this, although it’s clear my support (or … More Alice JOLLY – Dead Babies and Seaside Towns
I have written a novel, ‘Duff’. An early draft of ‘Duff’ was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize 2014. It was called ‘The Dreaming’ then, and only a handful of scenes remain, having undergone an almost complete rewrite. Duff is due in October, and it will be available as a paperback and as an … More My Novel Duff Is Coming Soon!
Having struggled post-chemo to keep my stomach flat, I’ve decided to try a wheat free diet. The other day, when I was browsing in my local library, the Ideas Store in Bow, I happened upon this book. I was intrigued by the science behind the bloat, how wheat can cause blood sugar levels to rise … More The Great Wheat Conspiracy