About Me

Fiction publications

Non-fiction publications
  • Creative Tools for Creative Minds, English Teaching Professional, March-April 2012. 
  • Routine, Routine, English Teaching Professional, July-August 2011. 

Favourite Books
I find it really hard to make a list of 'favourites'. I'm more of an all-rounder, an into-most-things person, but I'll try my best. I like reading anything from chick-lit to 'real' lit.
  • The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy. I picked up this book secondhand from a charity shop and was blown away by it. I couldn't put it down. 
  • A Change in Altitude - Anita Shreve. I've read most of her books and although I haven't liked them all, I really rate her as an author. I like her sparse, but effective style. 
  • The Pact - Jodi Picoult. This is the first Jodi Picoult book I read, a long time ago when she wasn't popular yet. I thought it was very original and I liked experiencing the stories from different view points. 
  • The Book Thief - Markus Zusak. I've read this book a couple of times and enjoyed it each time. I think the foreshadowing is very cleverly done. 
  • One Day - David Nicholls. I have a very personal connection to this book as I bought it at Heathrow when I left England to live in Hong Kong. It is what I read in my first weeks here and has left a lasting impression. 

Favourite Films
I like watching most kinds of films, from chick flick to arty. I'm not into anything with too much violence or blood and guts (despite being able to watch open heart surgery in Grey's Anatomy!)
  • The King's Speech, dir. Tom Hooper, 2010. After years of toiling as various characters, usually named Darcy, Colin Firth finally lands himself an Oscar-winning role! 
  • The Bridges of Madison County, dir. Clint Eastwood, 1995. I love films directed by Eastwood and this is the perfect combination with Meryl Streep as the female lead.  
  • The English Patient, dir. Anthony Minghella, 1996. Such a beautifully acted and filmed adaptation of an equally beautiful book.  
  • Lars and the Real Girl, dir. Craig Gillespie, 2007. I've recently seen this film and was so touched by it. 
  • Good Will Hunting, dir. Gus van Sant, 1997. I've watched this film several times and have enjoyed it every single time. 
  • In her Shoes, dir. Curtis Hanson, 2005. This film served me well when I was going through a transitional phase with work and the relationship reminds me a little of that with my own sister. 
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