Reviewing & Features



Lucy by the Sea, by Elizabeth Strout, reviewed for The Guardian, September 2022. 

A Hunger, by Ross Raisin, reviewed for The Guardian, July 2022. 

The Chosen, by Elizabeth Lowry, reviewed for The Guardian, May 2022. 



Matrix, by Lauren Groff, reviewed for The Guardian, September 2021.

Lean Stand Fall, by Jon McGregor, reviewed for The Guardian, May 2021.

‘Artist of Sorrows and Solitudes’, review essay on Joseph Wright of Derby, TLS, April 2021.

‘Can Art Improve on Nature’, debate with David Nash, Royal Academy of Arts Magazine, Spring 2021.

Light Perpetual, by Francis Spufford, reviewed for The Guardian, January 2021.


‘The Best Poetry Books of 2020’: I discuss collections shortlisted for the Forward Prize with Cal Flyn at Five Books.

The Liar’s Dictionary, by Eley Williams, reviewed for The Guardian, July 2020.

The Mirror and the Light, by Hilary Mantel, reviewed for The Guardian, February 2020.

Actress, by Anne Enright, reviewed for The Guardian, February 2020.


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The Lives of Lucien Freud: Youth, 1922-1968, by William Feaver, reviewed in the Guardian, September 2019.

The Lark Ascending, by Richard King, reviewed in the Guardian, July 2019.

Lanny, by Max Porter, reviewed in the Guardian, March 2019.


Melmoth, by Sarah Perry, reviewed in the Guardian, October 2018.

Harper's Bazaar Features

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Time Traveller: on Orlando at the present moment... at Charleston, September 2018. 

Pastures New: an appreciation of Willa Cather's novel My Antonia, published one hundred years ago. July 2018. 

Virginia Woolf and Cornwall, February 2018. 

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The Great Level, by Stella Tillyard, reviewed for the Guardian, August 2018. 

Picnic Comma Lightning, by Laurence Scott, reviewed for the Guardian, July 2018. 

Modernists and Mavericks, by Martin Gayford, reviewed for the Guardian, May 2018. 

 Murmur, by Will Eaves, reviewed for the Guardian, May 2018. 

The Melody, by Jim Crace, reviewed for the Guardian, February 2018. 

Turning for Home, by Barney Norrisreviewed for the Guardian, January 2018.


Brolliology, by Marion Rankine, reviewed for the Guardian, November 2017. 

Winter by Ali Smith, reviewed for the Guardian, October 2017. 

Travelling Light, by Alastair Sawday, reviewed for the GuardianAugust 2017. 

Vanessa Bell at Dulwich Picture Gallery, reviewed in the TLS, March 2017.

Bosch and Brueghel, by Joseph Leo Koerner, reviewed for the Guardian, February 2017.

Cove, by Cynan Jones, reviewed for the Guardian, January 2017.


Treasure Palaces, ed. by Maggie Fergusson, reviewed for the Guardian, December 2016.

The Nine Lives of John Ogilby, by Alan Ereira, reviewed for Financial Times, December 2016.

The Invention of Angela Carter, by Edmund Gordon, reviewed for Financial Times, October 2016.

Hag-Seed, by Margaret Atwood, reviewed for the Guardian, October 2016. 

Landskipping, by Anna Pavord, reviewed for the Guardian, February 2016.


Nightwalking, by Matthew Beaumont, reviewed for the TLS, December 2015.

Life in Squares, Bloomsbury drama series on BBC2, reviewed as ‘My Highlight’ in the Guardian, July 2015

Threads: The Delicate Life of John Craske, by Julia Blackburn, reviewed in the TLS, July 2015.

John Aubrey by Ruth Scurr, reviewed in the Guardian, March 2015.

The English and their History, by Robert Tombs, reviewed in Prospect, February 2015.

Elsa Schiaparelli: A Biography, by Meryle Secrest, reviewed in the Guardian, January 2015.


Tambora by Gillen D'Arcy Wood reviewed in The Literary Review, May 2014

Ruin Lust Exhibition at Tate Britain reviewed in Apollo, May 2014

Bodies of Light by Sarah Moss reviewed in the Guardian, 19 April 2014

The Poets' Wives by David Park reviewed in the Guardian, 8 March 2014

The Great Indoors, by Ben Highmore, reviewed for The Guardian, 10 January 2014


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The English in Love, by Claire Langhamer, reviewed for The Guardian, 9 August 2013.

Her Brilliant Career, by Rachel Cooke, reviewed for The Guardian, 17 October 2013.

Careless People, by Sarah Churchwell, reviewed for the New Statesman, 16 June 2013

The Charleston Bulletin, by Virginia Woolf and Quentin Bell, introduced in The Guardian, 15 June 2013

Paul Nash: Landscape and the Life of Objects, by Andrew Causey, reviewed in the Literary Review, June 2013

Asunder, by Chloe Aridjis, reviewed for The Guardian, 1 June 2013

Turned Out Nice Again, by Richard Mabey, reviewed for The Guardian, 23 March 2013

Benjamin Britten by Paul Kildea, lead review for the New Statesman, 7 February 2013


The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot, by Robert Macfarlane, reviewed for the Guardian, 31 May 2012.

How England Made the English, by Harry Mount, reviewed for the Guardian, 19 May 2012.

Mrs Robinson's Disgrace, by Kate Summerscale, reviewed for the Guardian, 12 May 2012.

British Weather and the Climate of Enlightenment, by Jan Golinski, reviewed for History Today, 18 April 2012.

Prunella Clough: Regions Unmapped, by Frances Spalding, reviewed for the Literary Review, April 2012.


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Bringer of Riches: Nikolaus Pevsner, The Life, by Susie Harries, reviewed for the New Statesman, 24 August 2011.

Solace, by Belinda McKeon, reviewed for the Sunday Times, 14 August 2011.

Tudoresque: In Pursuit of the Ideal Home, by Andrew Ballantyne and Andrew Law, reviewed for the New Statesman, 1 August 2011.

Obedience, by Jacqueline Yallop, reviewed for the Sunday Times, 31 July 2011.

Mr Fox, by Helen Oyeyemi, reviewed for the Sunday Times, 10 July 2011.

To the River, by Olivia Laing, reviewed for the Literary Review, June 2011.

As Good as God, As Clever as the Devil: The Impossible Life of Mary Benson, reviewed for the Guardian, 9 June 2011.

Edith Sitwell: Avant Garde Genius, English Poet, by Richard Greene, Guardian 5 March 2011.

The Essays of Virginia Woolf, volume 6, ed. by Stuart N. Clarke, Literary Review, March 2011.


Atlantic Republic: The American Tradition in English Literature, by Paul Giles, Review of English Studies, 58, 2007.

The View from Castle Rock, by Alice Monroe, Oxonian Review of Books, 6:2, 2007.

Tomorrow, by Graham Swift, Oxonian Review of Books, 6:3, 2007.


Picasso: Architecture and Vertigo, by Christopher Green, Oxonian Review of Books, 5:3, 2006.