Books, outdoors

Inspired running

I ran 6k this morning. Before breakfast! I'm currently reading Christopher McDougall's book Born to Run. Not only is it fantastically well written, I'm finding it super educational and inspiring. I've long wanted to be a runner but struggled with fitness, stamina and motivation. I've started the Zombies, Run! 5k training programme a couple of times but dropped… Continue reading Inspired running

Books, outdoors

Fairytales and aliens

#amreading I'm currently reading Gossip from the forest: the tangled roots of our forests and fairytales by Sara Maitland. This is an interesting but confused book. On one hand it's a social history of England's woodlands, examining how people have lived in, and used the forests over the last thousand years or so. It is also a fascinating breakdown… Continue reading Fairytales and aliens


Books read in 2016

The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2) by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1954 The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3) by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1955 The Complete Ballad of Halo Jones by Alan Moore and Ian Gibson, 1991 Laidlaw by William McIlvanney,  1977 Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn, 2001 Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence by Nick Bantock, 1991 Sabine's Notebook (Griffin & Sabine Trilogy #2) by Nick… Continue reading Books read in 2016

Books, Words

Essays on Greek Mythology

I just found the two essays I wrote for a course on Greek and Roman mythology last year. I enjoyed this course so much, particularly the assigned readings and the writing of these essays. My arguments are slightly truncated due to lack of space (only so many words allowed) but, I admit, I'm pretty proud of them. So, I… Continue reading Essays on Greek Mythology


Books read in 2016, no. 16 – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel Kindle Edition, 2014 The story opens with the onstage death of an actor, Arthur Leander, then moves back and forth between his former life and a post-apocalyptic future. We meet a variety of characters, disparate except for their connection to Leander. In the future we follow an itinerant group of… Continue reading Books read in 2016, no. 16 – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel