Fleeting Moments

Simenon’s work features some of the most searingly genuine and true characters I’ve ever found in a novel. They can often be bizarre and are never bland but I cannot think of any that aren’t strickingly human. In seven volumes, Proust explored jealous love. Time and time again, Simenon captured a jealous lover in a…

Conviviale

9th January 2017 I bought a raclette machine at uni after having the meal once in France. The meal, the machine and the cheese share a name: raclette. A swiss cheese; a machine with metal paddles in which you can melt slices of the former; and a self-assembled mound of potatoes and ham, covered in…

Terrorised

2001 After 9/11 and with many of our parents working in the centre of London, my school lifted its nascent ban on mobile phones. Our heavy, monochrome mobiles (mine still had an antenna) would be allowed on school premises, kept in our lockers, in case we were called upon to jam the networks attempting to…

Lakes in Winter

November 2014 During the Brexit debate, boundaries blurred between Europe, Schengen, the Eurozone, and the EU (more than once, I was told that if we voted Remain, we would have to adopt the Euro). The referendum was a vote to leave the EU but it was also a statement about how the British people see…