Arts and Books
Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, the arts
Christina is a regular reviewer of fiction and non-fiction for The Sunday Times. She has been reviewing books for the national press, and in literary magazines, for more than 25 years. For three years, she did a monthly “first novels” slot in The Observer, reviewing more than 60 novels a year.
She has also reviewed fiction and non-fiction in The Independent, The New Statesman, the TLS, The Independent on Sunday, the Guardian, the Spectator and the Literary Review. She opened more jiffy bags in her four years as deputy literary editor of The Independent than she ever wants to open again.
She has judged quite a few literary prizes, including the Whitbread (now the Costa) Prize, the Forward Poetry prizes, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial prize, and the Northern Rock awards, in the days when Northern Rock had money to throw around.
She has been on the arts advisory group of the RSA, and has done advisory work for NESTA, the Society of Authors and the Arts Council. She has programmed and presented hundreds of literary events at festivals around the country, but now prefers to take part in events where you don’t have to read too many books.
She has contributed to The Cambridge Guide to Women’s Writing in English, The Forward Prize Anthology, Creative Writing in Healthcare and Body of Essays, to be published by Profile Books and the Wellcome collection in October 2018.
And, as she may already have mentioned, she now has a book out of her own. The Art of Not Falling Apart is published by Atlantic – and is apparently quite an easy read.