Beautiful Books: January

At the start of the year I set myself a challenge to read more in 2015. Here’s what I thought of January’s beautiful books, which touch on everything from celestial signs and teenage abandonment to adulterous wives and mystical circuses.


Sun, sea and silver sardines: Malaga memories of El Cabra

This meal, that view, that picture and that memory of the silvered fish at El Cabra that afternoon has become the Malaga I remember. I revisit my summer trip eating sardines in Malaga.

Beat the block: five things that help me write

“If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree, it had better not come at all.” – Keats Writing can be a tricky thing. Especially if you end up writing for a living as well as for pleasure. It can very quickly seem like a chore, one that doesn’t even give you…