The Book of Sheffield

The Book of Sheffield, which includes my story ‘The Time Is Now’, is currently the Sheffield Big City Read. As part of the celebrations, Dan from Sheffield Libraries interviewed me for their podcast. I talk about why my story is a love letter to the city, as well as Sheffield bands, Doctor Who, why you can’t escape yourself, tram journeys and writing in my local pub. You can listen to the podcast here.

And because I love music and I scattered several titles throughout the story, I’ve made a playlist of all the songs, which are verified Sheffield bops (mostly from the 90s). The playlist is available on Spotify and YouTube Music. Enjoy!

Writers, Lovers and Adulthood


I’m planning to share what I’ve been reading lately with you soon, but in the meantime I have a piece on the Pan Macmillan blog. It’s about Lily King’s superb new novel Writers & Lovers and why it’s time we retired marriage, mortgage and children as the markers of adulthood. You can read it here.

The Male Gaze, the Pre-Raphaelites and Elizabeth Macneal’s The Doll Factory

I have a piece on Picador’s website looking at the male gaze, the Pre-Raphaelites and Elizabeth Macneal’s superb debut novel The Doll Factory.

Elmet by Fiona Mozley

I’ve reviewed the Man Booker shortlisted Elmet/written about why it’s an important working class novel for Ozy.

I’m delighted to have contributed to the new, extended books section on the site. It’s edited by the brilliant Sarah Ladipo Manyika, who wrote the Goldsmith’s Prize shortlisted Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun. I highly recommend having a look around, there’s some great pieces on there.