Writing

I’m happy to discuss writing and research opportunities – book-related articles, features, and book reviews – do get in touch if you’d like me to write for you.

Email me at bookrambler@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you shortly.

Published Book Reviews, Articles, Interviews

  • Barefoot at the Lake, by Bruce Fogle (September Publishing), Times Literary Supplement (November, 2015)
  • Did You Ever Have a Family, by Bill Clegg (Jonathan Cape), Independent on Sunday (20 September 2015)
  • The House of Owls, by Tony Angell (Yale University Press), Times Literary Supplement (August 201)
  • Few and Far Between: On the Trail of Britain’s Rarest Animals, by Charlie Elder (Bloomsbury), Times Literary Supplement (July 2014)
  • Britannia Obscura: Mapping Hidden Britan, Joanne Parker (Jonathan Cape), Times Literary Supplement (May 2015)
  • The Last Bookaneer, by Matthew Pearl (Harvill Secker), Independent on Sunday (May 2015)
  • The Old Straight Track, by Alfred Watkins, with new Introduction by Robert MacFarlane (Head of Zeus), the Times Literary Supplement (April 2015)
  • The Faithful Couple, by A. D. Miller (Atlantic), the Herald (Saturday March 2015)
  • The Winter War, by Philip Teir (Serpent’s Tail), the Herald (Saturday March 2015)
  • The Lovers of Amherst, by William Nicholson (Quercus), Independent on Sunday (February 2015)
  • A Spool of Blue Thread, by Anne Tyler (Chatto & Windus), Independent on Sunday (February 2015)
  • H is for Hawk, by Helen MacDonald (Jonathan Cape), in Times Literary Supplement (October 2014)
  • Looking for the Goshawk, by Conor Mark Jameson (A&C Black) in Times Literary Supplement (July 2013)
  • A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate), in The EarthLines Review (March 2013)
  • Field Notes from a Hidden City (Granta), by Esther Woolfson, in Times Literary Supplement (29 March 2013)
  • Flight Behaviour, by Barbara Kingsolver (Faber), in The EarthLines Review (February 2013)
  • Magpies, by Lynne Barrett (Carnegie Mellon Uni. Press), in Pleiades (Spring 2013)
  • The Long-Shining Waters, by Danielle Sosin (Milkweed Editions), in Pleiades (Spring 2013)
  • Lost Bodies, by David Manderson (Kennedy & Boyd), in Northwords Now (Autumn/ Winter 2012)
  • Rook, by Jane Rusbridge (Bloomsbury), in The Times Literary Supplement (August 2012)
  • Central Reservation, by Will le Fleming (Xelsion), in The Times Literary Supplement (February 2012)
  • Seven stories from heathrow, by Tony Parsons (Harper Collins) in The Times Literary Supplement (December 2012)
  • Snowdrops by A. D. Miller (Atlantic Books), in The Literateur (Winter 2011)
  • Beauties: A Novel, by Mary Troy (BkMkPress, Uni. of Missouri), in Pleiades (Winter 2012)
  • The Golden Hour, by William Nicholson (Quercus), in The Times Literary Supplement (December 2011)
  • The Track of Sand, by Andreas Camilleri, trans. Stephen Sartarelli (Penguin), in The Times Literary Supplement (July 2011)
  • Keeper, by Andrea Gillies (Short Books), in The Times Literary Supplement (January, 2010)
  • The Looking House, by Fred Marchant (GreyWolf Press), in Pleiades, Vol. 30: No. 1 (2010)
  • All the Colours of the Town, by Liam McIlvanney (Faber), in The Literateur, No. 2 (November 2009)
  • Noah’s Compass, by Anne Tyler (Chatto & Windus), in The Literateur, No. 2 (November 2009)
  • A Jury of her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx, by Elaine Showalter (Virago), in The Literateur, No. 1 (September 2009)
  • The Song is You, by Arthur Phillips (Duckworth), The Literateur, No. 1 (September 2009)
  • Still Midnight, by Denise Mina (Orion), in The Times Literary Supplement (August 2009)
  • George Eliot: Novelist, Lover, Wife, by Brenda Maddox, ‘Eminent Lives Series’ (Harper Press), in The Times Literary Supplement (June 2009)
  • Valeria’s Last Stand, by Marc Fitten (Bloomsbury), in The Times Literary Supplement (June 2009)
  • Melville Unfolding. Sexuality, Politics and the Versions of Typee. A Fluid-Text Analysis, with an Edition of the Typee Manuscript, by John Bryant (University of Michigan Press), in The Times Literary Supplement (February 2009)

Articles, interviews, shorter reviews

  • Mrs Hemingway, by Naomi Wood (Picador), for Fiction Uncovered (May 2014)
  • The Good Priest, by Gillian Galbraith (Polygon), for WLTB (April 2014)
  • EIBF event previews of William McIlvanney and Andrew Wilson for The List (August 2013)
  • The Colour of Milk, by Nell Leyshon (Ecco Press/Penguin), for Fiction Uncovered (May 2013)
  • You Came Back, by Christopher Coake (Viking), in Fiction Uncovered (October 2012)
  • Merivel, A Man of his Time, by Rose Tremain (Chatto & Windus), in WLTB (September 2012)
  • The Banker’s Daughter by Emran Mian (Harvill & Secker), in WLTB (August 2012)
  • Finding Soutbek, by Karen Jennings (Holland Park Press), in Fiction Uncovered (June 2012)
  • Tom All-Alone’s, by Lynn Shepherd (Corsair) [short review] in NB (Winter 2011)
  • Kind of Cruel, by Sophie Hannah (Hodder & Stoughton) [short review] in NB (Winter 2011)
  • Georgy Girl, by Margaret Forster (Vintage) for NB (Winter 2011)
  • Interview with author Ian Rankin’, for WLTB (October 2011)
  • ‘Review: Canongate.tv’, for FutureBook (September 2011)
  • ‘ “Fatal Attraction in a Crinoline”: Crimson Petal and the White at EIBF’, for WLTB (August 2011)
  • ‘American Gods in Edinburgh’, for WLTB blog, (August 2011)
  • Interview with author Sara Sheridan, for WLTB (August 2011)
  • Interview with author and agent David Miller, for WLTB (August 2011)
  • Article on Jennifer Egan and Karen Russell: ‘Sirens and Schmaltz at Edinburgh International Book Festival’, for WLTB (August 2011)
  • ‘Joanna Trollope’, Retrospective, NB (January/February 2010)

Poetry

  • ‘The Old Boy’ , in 26 Treasures: The Book (Unbound; Faber, 2012)