Kyoto Garden, Holland Park, Holland Park Ave, Kensington, London W11 4UA, UK

...And Getting Caught In The Rain

29 August 2018


Before I pack my bags and once again swap London for the less exciting, less rat-infested Bristol, I thought I'd make a bit of an unceremonious return to blogging after nearly a two month semi-intentional sabbatical.

A holiday to Sweden (vacation photo spam to maybe follow) and a bit of work in the city meant that there was very little time to squeeze in the odd review, but with new blog tours booked and a flood of ARCs arriving in the mail, I've decided to come back. Not due to popular demand or anything - although, I've got quite the back log of promised reviews to do for several publishers - but because I miss writing.

me? actually outdoors for once?

Studying English, then swanning off to London to do several little publishing stints and then coming home to heaps of new releases to read and review initially sounded like a dream, but it has definitely taken a toll on my love for literature. Me and books... Well, we needed a break.

Cue a few weeks in ridiculously sunny Stockholm in which I did nothing but melt in thirty degree heat, eat McDonalds and try to find myself a Skarsgård. Returning to England felt almost strange after being away for so long. Gone was my waterfront view and nights spent sipping wine with Swedes. I was back, it was raining, and I had a pile of books sitting on my desk waiting to be read.


Now, don't get me wrong, I love the career path I'm on. Reviewing, doing public relations and marketing, working on press campaigns, it's so much fun and I am incredibly lucky. Maybe being back in Bristol, forced to labour away at Chaucer and poetry will instil the passion I have for literature and perhaps I'll be better at doing this part of the job.

I've made a few half-hearted 'I will 100% post more' statements before, but I've got some amazing blog tours and reviews lined up with Little, Brown so for once, I will make good on what I've promised!

But I couldn't leave without talking about how much I've love London. Pre-Sweden, I made arrangements with the lovely (and hilarious!) Sarah to take some photos around Holland Park. Given that when I left England we were in the midst of a massive heatwave, we discussed wanting something fun and summery. However, after returning from the land of IKEA and meatballs, I discovered the summer sun had well and truly vanished and in its stead, was the typical British rain.

when it rains on your shoot.
Turns out Holland Park is bloody massive and our summer shoot was buggered. The Kyoto Garden may not have been as tranquil as Fred from Spector made it out to be, but we managed to get some decent shots of me despite my dishevelled, drowned rat appearance all thanks to Sarah's talent.

While I do like piña coladas, getting caught in the rain wasn't the ideal way to spend a Thursday. To top it all off and as further proof the universe hates me, I would later get locked in the loo of the Great Western train heading back to Wales and would need to shamefully tweet them to be rescued by the crew on board.

However, many a giggle was had and I didn't get hypothermia from standing in the rain, so that's always something!

I'll still be heading to London for work and other things whilst in Brizzy - Jazz with Jeff Goldblum is happening in November - so there will be a little interlude of life related posts with my ugly mug in between all the literature stuff.

But until then, I'll just be reading and lamenting the dismal weather...


Coat: Rains Glossy Jacket, £99, purchased at Åhlens in Stockholm but available here.
Shirt: Tommy Hilfiger Stripe Tie Front Blouse in Blue, originally £75 (now on sale), here.


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