Author Archives: Tara

Amaryllis Tunes In

There are people in the world who are fortunate enough to have partners who read to them, people such as our dear JF. Should I ever be tempted again into sharing my life with someones, he who read most divinely and devotedly would be the lucky man. However, I don’t have to bother with all […]

Amaryllis: Pollyanna or Eeyore?

Reflecting on last week’s epistle, I am conscious that I came over a bit Corporal Fraser with his portents of doom (I have watched the repeats!). I am a bit of a cracked glass, fully empty but there is no reason to inflict my negativity on others so I am aiming for more Pollyanna, less […]

Amaryllis Takes the Train

I have always been very fond of travelling by train: travelling at speed through hill and dale, the possibility of romantic brief encounters; in fact it is quite one of my favourite places in which to read and that is fortunate because I spend quite a few hours on trains throughout the week… However, being […]

Amaryllis goes Clubbing

This week, we are beginning to see the return of the residents of Notting Hill from their sojourns to foreign lands, and now the carnival is over and the shadows are lengthening we are looking forward to the resumption of business as usual. Yesterday, the first of our book clubs, the lunchtime classics group, reconvened […]

Amaryllis on Happiness

Although my heart is undoubtedly in the glens, it would be churlish of me not to extend my ample charms to the world at large so I have taken up residence in a little seaside town on the Essex coast. This town has just been voted the happiest place in Britain to live, just 3 […]

Amaryllis: Tech Support

A recent article in the New York Times was headed ‘London bookstores go rogue as no wi-fi zones’. We merited inclusion as the bookshop where you wouldn’t even dare to ask for the wi-fi code’. My colleagues (JAM in particular) assume that this customer asked me and I had no idea what he/she was talking […]

Amaryllis at Sea

I was at the seaside earlier this week and, inspired by the athleticism on view in Rio, I decided to have a go at my own triathalon. I’m not quite sure what it entails in Rio but I do know that tri usually involve three things: in my case, walking, cycling and swimming. So I […]

Amaryllis On Holiday

I took a few days holiday earlier this week. Perfect weather: gale force winds and driving rain as I strode across the glens to meet the Laird for a highland fling, raven curls becomingly disarranged by the elements etc etc… (see last week). Anyway, I was thinking about Ruth Rendell: I love a good crime […]

Amaryllis Writes

My pen name was born out of one of those joyful days last week when you read one of those books that is so captivating and funny and smart that you want to press it into the hands of every customer in sight. The book is Alice Thomas Ellis’ Other Side of the Fire and […]

Lunchtime Classics Book Club

Our Lunchtime Classics Book Club met for the first time on July 6th to discuss Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev. The next book will be The Awakening by Kate Chopin, and we will meet at 1pm on Wednesday August 31st. If you’d like to take part, please email