Who’s That Girl?

Since early infancy, I’ve loved stories.  Since the immortal day that I first sounded out the word “fog” on the BBC weather forecast, I never looked back.  I read fast and I remember everything I read.

I am the girl who frequently risks missing her train stop because I’m caught in a book.  I am the girl who feels nervous to leave the house without a book in her handbag and then another one on standby in case I finish the first one.  I am Girl with her Head in a Book.

Girl with her Head in a Book began due to serious talking-about-books withdrawal symptoms after graduating.  Recognising the glazed looks on the faces of my nearest and dearest, I decided to take to the Internet to share my musings instead and so here we are.  All reviews, discussions and lists are written by me unless otherwise indicated.  The menu tabs should allow for smooth navigation of the site but let me know if you can’t find what you’re looking for.

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I live in Oxfordshire, I have experience in copy-editing, proof-reading, writing and research.  I studied English and French at the University of St Andrews – the website has tracked almost a decade of my life as well as charting my on-going bibliophilia.  Books are what I like best, but I also enjoy knitting, writing, swimming, long walks, Girl Guiding, feminism, Granny Smith apples, postcards, handbags, dresses that have pockets and daffodils.


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22 thoughts on “Who’s That Girl?

  1. A more serious point after your Austen post on Tuesday (25th) have you read any Carol Shields? Like Austen not a huge output, she sadly died a few years back so what was published is all there is.

  2. I thought I was the only one who grabbed a book before she left the house and then another in case I finished the first one! I too dislike Phillipa Gregory and LOVE “reading outdoors, reading indoors, the awesome power and grace of God”. Good to meet a kindred soul!:D

    1. Haha, my wife always makes fun of me for my back-up books on even the smallest of outings… Gotta be ready, eh?

  3. Whilst searching for suitable books for my 11 year old daughter to read I came across your review of ‘The Growing Summer’, I get the impression that this might suit slightly younger readers… Could you please recommend some books for a relatively advanced 11 year old reader?

    Many thanks

    1. To be honest, I think Noel Streatfeild is ideal for that age group – there’s a lot going on in her books! I was a relatively advanced 11 year old reader once and I thought that she was amazing! I also think that The Growing Summer has a lot to say to young people about taking on independence. I read all kinds of things at that age – I read Pride and Prejudice for the first time when I was around ten, then some of Anne Bronte. Also the Mennyms – people can get distracted by the fact that they’re dolls but again, there’s a lot going on. People are too quick to dismiss children’s fiction – I’m no big fan of Young Adult fiction but I think good children’s fiction can still be enjoyed at whatever age. I still really like Paddington Bear!

  4. i love to read ever cents kindergarten it has been my fav thing to do 😐 whille i love to read you might already be able to tell but i suck at spelling

    1. Thank you – that’s a lovely thing to say 🙂 I’m afraid though that I will loathe Philippa Gregory’s writing and approach to history until the end of time though – there are much better authors of historical fiction available!

      1. Coming across your website while fumbling down the rabbit hole of the internet, has made my day! I have now added many new titles to my list of “books to find”, and your detailed summaries have kept me entertained for over an hour. I thank you for that!
        Regards and happy reading

  5. I’ve just read you review of Mythos. I am mighty relieved to find that I am not the only person who does not hold the pompous Stephen Fry in the highest regard. Phew! Thank you, and, I will follow your blog from now on.

    1. I wouldn’t say I totally dislike him – it’s more that I think small doses are best for me. Or else as a narrator (e.g. on HP audiobooks) but … yeah, didn’t really take to Mythos alas! Thanks for following and hope to hear more from you 🙂

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