As the result of a transatlantic parental romance, I was born in America and spent my formative years in central Virginia. I came to Oxford when I was eighteen, read and wrote for three years, then panicked when I realized I had to get a real job. After some dismal office work and some even more dismal waitressing, I now work at Heywood Hill bookshop in Mayfair. It’s been there since 1936 and we specialise in monthly book subscriptions tailored to your personal preferences; check it out.
I generally read anywhere between fourteen and twenty books a month (exceptional circumstances have resulted in much lower or higher figures in given months) and am aiming for 190 in 2018. Most of these fall somewhere on the spectrum of “literary fiction”; my genre reading tends to be on the literary end of historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy, occasional crime and horror, and narrative nonfiction. Favoured authors include (but are not limited to) Sarah Moss, Sarah Hall, Tana French, Tim Pears, China Mieville, Jeff VanderMeer, Jasper Fforde, Neal Stephenson, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, Siri Hustvedt, Lucia Berlin, Anthony Trollope, Nicola Griffith, Jon McGregor, Elise Valmorbida, Richard Powers, Zadie Smith, A.S. Byatt, George Eliot, Francis Spufford, Ursula LeGuin, Olivia Laing. I sometimes write about coding and digital literature. I also write sporadically but enthusiastically for Litro Magazine, and I’m currently in the process of editing the first draft of my first novel, Hungry Generations.
If you are a publicist: please read the above paragraph before asking me to read one of your books. If it is, for example, WWII romance or “politically incorrect” satire, it’s very unlikely that I will be interested. At the moment I am not accepting requests for reviews or blog tours. If there is something you think I might like to read, please send a hard copy to the shop address: FAO Eleanor, Heywood Hill Bookshop, 10 Curzon Street, London W1J 5HH. If I read it, it is guaranteed air time on the blog’s weekly Reading Diary feature. (Mind you, it is not guaranteed positive air time…)
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