jane hodges

British Political Journalists Gothic

Owen Jones

‘You look 12,’ someone tells you on twitter. You know you look twelve. You have always looked twelve. Maybe you will always look twelve. You blink at the screen, which glows condescendingly back at you in a vaguely Blairite fashion. You look twelve, and you cannot remember anything else. Wearily, you type out another sarcastic reply. Vive la revolution.

John Rentoul

Every time is the same. ‘Tony Blair is a war criminal’ you type, slowly, jaw set, determined. This time you’ll do it. You will. You’ll publish it, this time.

Nameless horror chokes you, chills running down your spine, and the words vanish almost as soon as they’re typed. Your hands are shaking. Your mouth is dry.

You know what comes next.

‘…his motive throughout, it seems to me, lay somewhere between the patriotic and the noble,’ you write, and bury your face in your hands.

Maybe tomorrow, then.

Dan Hodges

Ukip have 12.6% of the vote, and you are running naked down Whitehall, and you wonder when you are going to wake up. You run, and run, and compose column titles in your head. WHY UKIP’S 12.6% IS BAD FOR ED MILIBAND. WHY ED MILIBAND SHOULD WORRY. WHY MY NAKED RUN THROUGH WHITEHALL WAS BAD NEWS FOR ED MILIB-

But there is no more Ed Miliband. Not any more.

It is cold. You keep running.

Tim Montgomerie

You had so many dreams. You were a compassionate Conservative. You’re not even a Conservative, these days. No matter. Britain must leave the EU. Britain must leave the EU. Britain must leave-

The Tory Government you longed for is falling apart, and you feel only hollow glee. Britain must leave the EU.

Stephen Bush

You are one of Britain’s foremost young political journalists, but Delia has a recipe for omelettes, and you try it, and you write it up. Delia has a recipe for boiled eggs, you try that, too, and you write it up. Delia, impossibly, has a recipe for toast, and you are so, so tired.

When you sleep, you dream of late-night council election result liveblogging.

Jane Merrick

Every day, new vegetables. You have opinions- on Tony Blair, on quantitive easing, on grammar schools and Liverpool Council in 1985. But it rained yesterday, and there are strawberries to blog about. Your opinions can wait for another day. 

But every day, there are new vegetables.

Jamie Ross

She haunts your thoughts. She appears in your nightmares, eating Alex Salmond’s Solero. You search for her ceaselessly. And always, always, she eludes you.

The leader of the Scottish Conservatives feeds you a Solero, even throwing a jacket over one shoulder, but it’s not right. Nothing is right. Nothing has been right for the longest time. You go home and wonder, bleakly, if the Solero girl even exists.

Towards the end, you wonder if it would make any difference if she didn’t.

Peter Oborne

HSBC is embroiled in scandal after scandal, but the Telegraph is silent. The silence haunts you. You cannot sleep. You will have to resign. Or have you have already resigned? In the pubs, they mock Ed Miliband, and though you know they are wrong you are resigned to that, too. 

So you close your eyes, and pray Thatcher will save you.

Fraser Nelson

The graph does not say what your editorial piece needs it to say, but this is not the problem it once was. 

You truncate y-axes, you livetweet Eurovision in Swedish, and if the statisticians’ screams keep you awake at night, maybe it’s a price worth paying.

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Ok @romancingthebookworm here’s my bookshelf tour!

Ok so picture one is the full view!

Picture two is the very top! That’s where I keep all my hard cover books along with my beautiful Charlotte and Emily Bronte book that the used bookstore man saved for me! Up there I have some Lorraine Heath (although you can’t see it because it is hidden by my terrible angle), Sabrina Jeffries, Lisa Kleypas, Johanna Lindsey, and Kathleen E. woodiwiss.

On the first shelf (3rd photo) I have my A’s-E’s with my Sophie Jordan, Cathy Maxwell, and Christina Dodd on top, with a couple of random ones I couldn’t find other space for in front.

The second bookshelf (4th and 5th photos) are E’s-J’s. In there you can see my doubled up Eloise James and Johanna Lindsey as well as my Sarah Maclean! I have my Eva Leigh collection as well, and I point this out because I just got her new book!

The third bookshelf (6th photo) has my J-K’s. I have Jude Deveraux. Judith Mcnaught, Julia Quinn, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, Katherine Ashe, Julie Ann Long, Karen Ranney, and then my Suzanne Enoch on top!

The fourth bookshelf (7th and 8th photo) is packed. It has my Karen Hawkins, and Lisa Kleypas (stacked), Laura Lee Guhrke, Mary Balogh, Loretta Chase, Lorraine Heath, Lyndsay Sands, Megan Frampton, Lisa Valdez, and Liz Carlyle.

And lastly, the 5th shelf (9th and 10th photos) has my Sabrina Jeffries, Stephanie Laurens, Sherry Thomas, Teresa Medeiros, Tessa Dare, Victoria Alexander, and Vivienne Lorret. Along with those, I have my collection books (is that what they are called? The ones with multiple stories by different authors??), a few if which are my Christmas books, and then the others! If you guys want a photo collection of those I’d be happy to do that!
The other books on that shelf are my gothic romance (Victoria Holt, Phyllis A. Whitney, and Jane Aiken Hodge) as well as my Tiffany Reisz, though most of her books are on Ebook.

So those are my books!

For now anyways, even as we speak I have books coming in the mail.

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Have You Read the Books Behind This Year’s Oscar-Nominated Films for Best Adapted Screenplay?

American Sniper by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges, basis for The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking, basis for The Theory of Everything

The fifth nominee, Whiplash, is based on the filmmaker Damien Chazelle’s original short film.

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