I teach English Literature A Level. My Year 13 students this year are tackling a variety of texts including Enduring Love by Ian McEwan, Hamlet and an anthology of poetry that includes work from Petrarch to Duffy, Browning to Angelou.
I remember a breakfast meeting with a film-maker who introduced himself with a handshake and a 'Hi, I'm an Obsessive Compulsive'. To which I responded 'How d'you do, I'm English'. Mind you, I once sat in on a private Kabbalah session with Madonna, so nothing is too strange.
I am working on a new novel, set in France, and have realised, not for the first time, how difficult it is to convey everyday gestures and physical expressions in print without appearing ridiculous.
If I have learned one thing in my few years as a writer it is that a worrying number of those who work in publishing enjoy single malt whisky.
The controversy surrounding my new book Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts has come as a bit of a surprise, particularly after the huge success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
It took the panel of judges just two hours to decide on the 13-strong longlist for this year's Man Booker prize - and there's
The comprehensive guide to what MPs (and political enthusiasts) should be taking on holiday with them this summer.
The author of Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne, once said that 'organising is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up'. This coalition government has demonstrated a boldly pragmatic and non-ideological mindset since taking office. Nevertheless, there is a danger that on planning, the Government is ideologically dismissing an integrated approach in favour of extending responsibility to communities. Localism is great for running a local park, but it cannot provide integrated national solutions to the big environmental challenges facing the UK.