I like the simple pleasures in life. Reading, computer gaming, eating, drinking beer, sleeping, you get the gist. I have spent the best part of my twenty-something years in various forms of education, and recently received my PhD in history. I have always loved books, and words. My mum claims some of the first words I said were ‘excavator’ and ‘combine harvester’, this is probably because as a young boy I loved farms and construction sites. Also it makes me sound like some kind of wunderkind so I am not going to argue with her. When at university one of the highlights for me was the feeling of having put together a well-crafted essay, slotting the wonderful words of the English language together like a difficult jigsaw puzzle to make a sensible argument about a random historical event or phenomenon (guess who wasn’t the B.M.O.C.?)
Years of study have, among other things, given me oodles of time to read, both for ‘business’ and ‘pleasure’. My reading tastes are incredibly eclectic, as you will see from my goodreads page. I will read almost anything – literary fiction, classics, sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction, crime thrillers – I’m easy. I love books not just as a pastime but as physical and aesthetic objects. My small room is basically one big book storage cupboard (I’ll probably post some photos one day to show you what I mean). I have had the immense privilege of having access to the Bodleian Library in Oxford for the past three years, tiptoeing reverentially around its insanely beautiful interiors whilst I studied for my PhD. This blog is a way for me to share one of my perennial passions in life: a good (and occasionally a terrible) book.
When I am not stuck in a book, playing a computer game, or asleep, I am dreaming about moving to New Zealand with my partner as well as sort-of trying to come up with ideas for the novel that will finally allow me to spend my life doing something I think I will love.