I’m a middle-aged bookaholic from Crawley in South East England. I live in the ancient parish of Worth on the beautiful and surprisingly unspoilt High Weald of Sussex. I was born and brought up in rural Cheshire (Alderley Edge and Wilmslow to be precise, the former being Alan Garner country, the latter for nearly 2000 years the resting place of Lindow Man). I graduated in English Linguistics and Spanish from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1975, and married a Geordie. Despite having lived “down south” for half my life, my heart is still in the north country and I hope to live there again one day with a dog, some goats, some Indian runner ducks – and my Geordie, of course.
I have a grown-up son and daughter, and a granddaughter. My current day job is in market research but I’ve also been a civil servant, literacy tutor, secretary, book reviewer and editor for the Historical Novel Society and a volunteer in the ongoing excavations at the Roman fort of Vindolanda in Northumberland.
My main interests are reading, history, walking in the countryside and cooking, all of which I plan to blog about here. My favourite reading is historical fiction but I also like to read non-fictional history, contemporary fiction, biography, popular science and the English classics. My favourite historical periods are Ancient Rome and the eighteenth century.
My musical tastes are marooned somewhere in the 70s and 80s – Jackson Browne, Van Morrison, early Elton John, but I also like Runrig, Capercaillie, Handel, Bach, the Carmina Burana and the film soundtracks of Master and Commander, Gladiator and Braveheart.
My favourite films are Four Weddings and a Funeral, Master and Commander, Spartacus, A Cock and Bull Story, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Sliding Doors and Shakespeare in Love.