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Welcome to the world of my insatiable love of books, buying books, and intermittently writing about them. I also write about other things sometimes. But really, it’s books. Enjoy. Discuss. Get Involved!

An Abundance of Listening

This blog is written during the March 2022 strikes in UK higher education. I am on strike and trying to balance spending time with my puppy Sula, resting, and spending some concentrated time with the books on my shelves. In the first strikes of 2022, I began a project of self-flagellation. I decided to use […]

To the nerd I loved the longest, 

You kept your apps in alphabetical order. All of them. Weirdo.  Why is WhatsApp four screens away? Absolute nerd. You knew every word to every song by Belle and Sebastian.  No more “Piazza New York Catcher” singalongs. Our song. Sunshine and parks. Rants about work stress. The soundtrack to four months of dad jokes on […]

My Kind of Spark: On Neurodivergence and Unlearning.

This post is inspired by Elle McNicoll’s book A Kind of Spark. The book is about a neurodivergent girl called Addie who campaigns to get a memorial for women killed in witch trials held in her village. I’m nervous about this blog because it has been a long time since I had such a strong […]

Dear Britney, I hope you get justice.

Content note: this post discusses coercive behaviour and domestic abuse. I don’t know anything about conservatorship. This post isn’t about that. And it’s not about mental health and legal rights. It is about Britney Spears apologising for pretending to be OK. There is a lot of dialogue about how female-passing people are forced not to […]

A reflection on best practice and duty of care in British academia

I get a lot of questions about my teaching practice, my pastoral attitudes, and the relationship between my research that connects many aspects of identity with improving Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in British universities. I think about how to do my different works better a lot but, in that, I’ve never reached a short […]

I read 125 books in 2020 and this is what I learned…

I’ll never stop finding books I want to read. Reading in this volume made me evaluate writing styles, plot directions, and stock characters in a new way. There are always new areas, regions, genres, sub-genres, publication forms, and other exciting things to be found. If you think “you’ve read everything”, you’ve not opened your mind […]

Recommend Me a Book

If you are reading this, you have probably volunteered to help me find new books and read new things. The task: Recommend/Buy* me a book you think I should read or you think I will like. Any format: prose, poetry, non-fiction, graphic novel, or anything else. Rules (some can be broken): Books under 350 pages […]

What do you get if you read 100 books in nine months?

Perhaps the most interesting side effect of lockdown for me has been returning to reading in a big way. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been an avid reader forever, but I encounter extreme slumps as well as periods where reading just isn’t my preferred way to pass time. Unlike some people who didn’t feel like […]

20 Books By Black Authors to Pre-Order

This post is tailored to British fundraising and release dates but anyone can back these folks and causes. First. Support Black Lives Matter. Support Black Pride. Invest in the Free Black University. Some of these links are to organisations that don’t really need your money. Try to back independent bookstores before you go to Am*zon, […]


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