How I Prepared Before Giving Up My Day Job

If you’re preparing to give up your day job then it can seem overwhelming. When I handed in my notice almost a year ago, a lot of people congratulated me and said they wished they…

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Getting Lost in Scarthin Books

Scarthin Books has been part of my life since I was a kid and in true Derbyshire fashion, the bookshop hasn’t changed much over the years. It’s still brilliantly quirky with a mixture of new…

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What Bookstagram Means to Me

I’ve been away from my blog for a few weeks because I’ve been working on a couple of projects for publishers.  Since my second Weekend Hashtag Project #WHP feature on Instagram, I’ve received more requests…

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Book Review: Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life by Beth Kempton

I’m wary of life guides these days. I went through a phase of ploughing through self-help manuals a decade ago and still have a pile of books selling success and unlimited cash stashed in a…

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7 Ways To Increase Your Chances of Getting Followed Back on Instagram

One thing that’s intrigued me since I started on Instagram is the sheer number of follow/unfollows that flood through my account on a regular basis.  I’m not talking about the ones that retreat gracefully after…

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