Ballet Shoes

This is the book Meg Ryan knows about in You’ve Got Mail… as well as all the other Shoes books. And it’s wonderful. Engaging characters doing their best to survive a series of setbacks and disappointments in the theatre and ballet. The audition passages are gripping. It’s also a window into a pre-war (1937) world …

Erebus

The mystery of Sir John Franklin’s expedition has always fascinated me. He set off to find the North-West Passage in the 1845 and was never seen again; his two ships – the Erebus and the Terror - and their crews vanished. When the wrecks were found in 2014 and 2016, I thought that that was …

What We Have Lost

Don’t be fooled by the title. This is not a rallying call for Brexiteers. It’s not a lament for a Britain pounded down by evil, authoritarian Europeans. It doesn’t set out to show how to put the Great back in Britain and ride off once more into the blissful sunrise of ascendant independence. Not for …