About me

After years editing magazines, these days I mostly write books and features for digital and print. I’m happiest writing about things that interest me – travel*, homes, gardens, curiosities and ‘lifestyle’ – that handy umbrella term that covers the rest. Examples of these are all over this website.

The magazines I have edited include Coast, which won several awards, the National Trust Magazine, and Grand Designs Magazine. I was also deputy editor of The Sunday Times insideout mag, and homes and gardens editor of The Simple Things. More of this CV info can be seen below.

My latest book ‘Beyond the Footpath: mindful walking for modern pilgrims‘, was published by Piatkus in April 2019. My next, ‘Sacred Places: where to find wonder in the World’ will be published by Aster in September 2020. Details of these and others are on my Amazon author page.

I am represented by Jane Graham Maw  (jane@grahammawchristie.com) of literary agents Graham Maw Christie, who deals with my non-fiction books.

When I am not writing, I am looking after 5 Herdwick sheep and renovating a Victorian house and smallholding in Herefordshire, with the aim of opening it as a retreat in 2021.

*Especially UK travel and even more especially when it involves an ancient site or an elderly tree. This picture of me was taken as I stood by the venerable White Leaf Oak on the Malvern Hills.

Here’s the CV bit:


September 2020: ‘Sacred Places: where to find wonder in the world’ (Aster) is published.

April 2019: ‘Beyond the Footpath: mindful adventures for modern pilgrimages‘ (Piatkus)  is published.

March 2018: ‘Tin Coast, Cornwall, guidebook‘ (National Trust) is published.

September 2017: ‘Hidden Villages of Britain‘ (Batsford) is published.

June 2017: ‘Gower Peninsula, guidebook‘ (National Trust) is published

September 2015:  ‘Brownsea Island, guidebook’ (National Trust) is published.

March 2015: ‘The National Trust Book of the Coast‘ (National Trust Books) is published.



Jaunary 2014 – present: freelance writer and editor for a variety of publications, including The Guardian, Homes & Antiques, Conde Nast Traveller, The Daily Telegraph, Oh Comely, The Simple Things, Elle Decoration, This England, Which? Travel, Country Homes and Interiors, Country Living, Good Housekeeping.

January 2014-September 2019: associate editor, then homes and gardens editor, The Simple Things magazine.

March- December 2013: editor, www.averygoodplace.com

August-November 2013: acting deputy editor, Homes & Antiques

June-July 2013: editor, Prima’s Easy Food for Summer Days

September 2012-March 2013: interim editor, National Trust Magazine

May 2007 -August 2012: editor, Coast

2006-2007: deputy editor, The Sunday Times insideout magazine

2003-2006: deputy editor, then editor Grand Designs Magazine

2000-2003: production and copy chief, In Style

1995-2000: chief sub-editor, Esquire

1993-1995: sub-editor, ES magazine

1998-1993: sub-editor, then chief sub-editor, Tatler  

1990-1993: editor, HarperCollins children’s books