Books In Beijing, Chinglish, And Sentences For Women

Books In Beijing, And How Women Should Speak Chinglish

In a bookshop in Beijing, I discover you can’t judge a book by its cover, Ireland for dummies, why frolicking is forbidden, and that in English, some sentences are spoken only by women.

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Why Russian Geography Is Good for the Soul

Why Russian Geography Is Good for the Soul

If you think of Siberia, you might think of many things, but I doubt that mindfulness will be one of them. I’m not in the business of appearing in any way happy or zen, but I do like to surprise everyone, so if I’m going to do it, I may as well do it somewhere you wouldn’t expect.

No Granny, Advice From Bloggers, and Wasted Film Smashes: 2017 In Books

Advice From Bloggers, Film Spectaculars, and No Granny: The Year In Books 2017

In January I shocked the world by reviewing the Year In Books 2017 before any of it had already happened. I am now reviewing my review in an even more reflective piece which is not to be mistaken for the kind of end-of-year filler posts one sees around this time where bloggers go over what they already said because they’re too drunk to provide new content. Merry Christmas!

The Twelve Days Of Christmas…Writing Clichés

The Twelve Days of Christmas (...Writing Clichés)

I have a guest post over at Anne R. Allen’s mighty blog today, where I rework a very old festive song classic and make it all about writers at Christmas. Without writers there would be no Christmas, and without blogs there would be no place to put this sort of daft joke. I know, I can’t believe my luck either.

I Realised Something And Now You Might Suffer For It

The Trans-Siberian Railway, Or What Not To Write About Russia

Sometimes a little bit of space can give you more perspective than a Renaissance painting. This is a pretty way of saying that I’ve been travelling, I’ve been thinking a lot, and the implications of that may cause more harm than good. For starters, I’m being prolific. And I think we can agree that nothing good can come of me having lots to say.