A Decade On… Money

Over the next few months I’ll be adapting John Scalzi’s 20/20 blog series to talk about how life has changed over the last ten years, and maybe also how it’s stayed the same. Week two’s theme is money.

Ah, money. One of those subjects no one wants to talk about, but everyone is secretly nosey about. My relationship with money over the last decade has been up and down, and I hope it remains at roughly its current position for a while at least.  Read more

New Year’s Resolutions Feature: Put Your Money Where Your Happy Is

This year I came to the startling conclusion that I’m actually not bad with money. I’ve always been told I’m terrible at managing my finances, and I’ve always believed that to be true because until about four years ago I never felt like I had enough money to live on. This was even the case when I was working in advertising and earning a pretty fat pay cheque.

However, a few months ago I was discussing life with my therapist, and she asked about money. I told her I’m bad with it, and she asked why, and we talked about my current habits. “They sound very healthy,” she told me when I explained that I earn enough to live on comfortably and have a reasonably well-stocked savings account. “But I’m bad with money,” I replied, “I always have been. Everyone I’ve ever lived with has told me I’m bad with money.”

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Book Review – Lovestruck


Jake and Rosie fell in love fast. Before they knew it they were married with kids, and happily living in a cramped flat in London. All the while Jake struggled to make it as an actor – waiting for that big, lucky break.

When he gets it – courtesy of his agent, Christy, who also happens to be Rosie’s best friend – everything changes. Suddenly Jake is hardly there, working hard, always in demand – a rising star.

But as fame and fortune reveal a side to Jake that Rosie’s not sure she likes, she begins to wonder just how well she knows the man she married. And soon enough she’s questioning how far she can trust the woman always at his side – her best friend Christy…

A not good, not bad, just bang-on average romance novel from Julia Llewellyn, Lovestruck explores the concept of money and how it doesn’t really make life better, even if it makes paying the rent easier. It looks at how friendships change over time, and how hard it can be to overcome our own prejudices and get to know the people around us, even if their lives are wildly different from what we’ve always known.

If you’re into romance novels, this is probably quite a good one. It’s not a straightforward boy-meets-girl, more of a ‘two adults come to understand one another’, which provides a nice break from lots of the other chick lit out there. But it’s not particularly exciting and it won’t leave you crying, or laughing, or having any kind of feeling other than that you’ve unobjectionably passed a couple of hours reading.