A Few Books I Read in 2018

The book I read in two sittings

Educated by Tara Westover

The book I read in one sitting

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

The book that started out great and then went south really quickly

Matchmaking for Beginners

The book that helped me the most with my writing work

Deep Work

The book that moved me the most

Call me by your name

Currently reading

The Rules of Magic

Slow read but worthy of the time it took me

21 lessons for the 21st Century

Poetry book I am dipping in and out of

Later Poems by Adrienne Rich

A wonderful second hand book I adore that I got for $4 and not the price on Amazon!

A Dictionary of Fairies

A book I wanted to be better but still finished

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

An indulgent coffee table book which I love

Bohemian Living

A poetry book I bought after reading one poem of the poet and now love the whole collection

Trouble in Mind

The Sisters


My new book is out!

This was written after reading about a group of heiress sisters to a skin care fortune.

I imagined their lives and the pressure from family and the invested public for them to be perfect, which is impossible!

I often wonder about the lack of empathy for people who are in the public eye to make mistakes, and learn from them. Imagine being 25 again and having every single mistake reported with imagery in the Daily Mail or the gossip columns?

You couldn’t pay me to do it, honestly. I got up to mischief in my 20’s and into my 30’s for that matter, hell, I am still doing it into my 40’s after recently coming home at 3.30am after a night out with friends. Thankfully no one was there with a camera to record the evidence of my tragic walk to the Uber with a kebab in hand.

The sisters in my book are all so different but connected which those who have sisters will understand. No one can hurt you or comfort you like a sister. You know where their bodies are buried and where their best parts are in their heart.

I am thrilled this is out in the world now and I hope you enjoy it!



Early reviews are in now:

“I really loved this one. It had everything. Fashion, Art, Horses and women who take their destiny into their own hands, sleazy businessmen and cheating husbands as well as a man claiming to be their brother.”

Pirate Patty Book Review Blog

You can buy here:

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2NZurmU 
iBooks: https://apple.co/2EDsFIT

Amazon: mybook.to/SistersForster
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2JbOZrI

Book Review- Craft for the Soul


  4I've just finished Pip Lincolne's book, Craft for the Soul (Penguin, 2015). The strapline for the book is - How to get the most out of your creative life, however, I feel this is misleading. I think it should read, How to Get the Most Out of Life!

It was exactly the book I needed after the last eighteen months of cancer and death and malarky.  I am not a craft person. I can knit, I can sew, but I'm not great at either of them. For years, I tried every craft under the sun, and in retrospect I was looking for an outlet for my creativity and eventually I found it in writing.

What Pip's book does is connect you back to living a creative life and having an everyday life. I realised that I have been so  so busy focussing on problem-solving for so long, I had forgotten how be creative and imaginative. This books gently coaxes you out of your cynicism and helps you dip your toes back into the creative waters.

Craft for the Soul is not a craft book. It's not a recipe book. It's not a self-help manual. It's a gorgeous, considered, reflection on what makes Pip Lincolne tick and what recharges her in her life.

I get the feeling that Pip went through some tough stuff prior and during the writing of this book, and her battle-weary optimism is what shines through.

Sometimes life is tough, and sometimes the answer lies is a toasted sandwich, a cup of tea, and watching a classic movie.

In this gorgeous book, Pip lists creative projects to try, food to make and helps you find your morning ritual. She extols the virtues of walking and catalogues the best movies to watch when you need to lay low.

This book, is quite simply, a treasure. It's the sort of book you can pick up and dive into on any page, and try anything, or you can work through it slowly, savouring it like a gorgeous dish.

It has echoes of Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach, and The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin but is more realistic, allowing us to just simply live and enjoy the moments that present themselves to us, while trying new things.

Buy a copy for everyone you know who might put too much pressure on themselves. Those who push and push and yet stay in the same place.  This is their permission slip to stop and make a cup of tea,  and just put their feet up for a while.

Get your copy here, and buy another one for a mate while you're at it!

Happy Friday!