Studying English at Newnham College, Cambridge, then Victorian Studies at Birkbeck, London, I filled several bookshelves with weird and wonderful works. I wouldn’t wish to be parted from any of them (most would probably be of little use to anyone else, in any case, as I have a habit of scribbling my thoughts across the pages as I read!).
In my spare time I enjoy browsing in second-hand bookshops. My favourite discovery to date is an uncorrected proof of Donna Tartt’s fantastic novel The Little Friend. Thank you, Oxfam!
A keen writer, I particularly like producing articles about developments in the literary world. Work experience with CompletelyNovel provided me with the opportunity to hone my writing skills, and I very much enjoy contributing to this great website. By reinvigorating my appreciation of contemporary writing, the site
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Interests the nineteenth century, life-writing, writing, theatre, herbal tea, vintage fashion dolls, word games, shoes, journalism, art history, drawing, organic/vegetarian cookery, gender, and the development of the novel