Friday, 19 July 2013


Excited to see my first article for Australia's Daily Life, ahead of Australian publication of The Ministry of Thin with Peribo in August 2013...

Interesting that Aussie trolls are different to UK trolls, and different again to American trolls :-)


Monday, 15 July 2013

Interesting commentary from the Huffington Post on my Newsweek column...

In her first column for Women In The World, journalist Emma Woolf wrote a dispatch this week not just from London, where she's based, but from the outskirts of an eating disorder.

Like an expat returning to the country of those who feed themselves, Woolf came home to a startling reality that the negative feelings about food and weight she thought belonged to her illness pervade "healthy" life.
The truth is, I'm not the only woman who has starved herself skinny, or tried to; many of us feel guilty, worthless, or out of control around food. I'm not the only one who has calculated each day what they will and will not eat; or wondered "if I eat whenever I'm hungry, will I ever be able to stop?" No matter how feisty or feminist you think you are, I bet there's a part of you that would like to be slimmer... As Western levels of obesity soar, profoundly disordered eating and body dysmorphia also proliferate.
What Woolf hits on in her piece is that we tend to see the three phenomena -- eating disorders, a general cultural anxiety about food and weight and skyrocketing obesity rates-- as separate problems with separate solutions. Instead, we need to recognize that they all stem from the same root. Obesity isn't the opposite of anorexia (or bulimia or disordered eating or just distorted thinking about food). It's its twin.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Now I’m putting the sad stuff behind me—and after a decade in the wilderness I reckon I've got a lot of catching up to do! In this new column I'll be covering current affairs, culture, gossip and events in the UK from plays to concerts to marches to poetry readings, feminist salons and literary death matches, new bar and restaurant openings; I’ll be ranting about things which get my goat—from the Nigella furore to the royal bump, to the British obsession with the weather, to why skyscrapers are taking over London; I'll be out and about, drinking cocktails at the top of the Shard, and taking the temperature of the capital. Join me every fortnight, right here, for the view from London...


Thursday, 4 July 2013

Newsweek and The Daily Beast

Some exciting news to share - I've just signed a contract with Newsweek/The Daily Beast to start writing a new column! It will cover a wide range of topics, from culture, media, current affairs, to feminism, random musings and what's happening in London and the wider world...

Newsweek and The Daily Beast are fantastic websites (with free online access) so I hope you'll follow my column, tweet me with ideas, comments, suggestions and feedback :-)

First instalment out in a few days - Monday 8th July!