Things I enjoyed in February | Broad City | Curtis Sittenfeld | Hamilton

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I can’t believe it’s Maaaarch! Where did time go? The most important thing in the universe happened in February, and I PASSED MY DRIVING TEST (finally) (third time lucky). Hurray for transportational freedom!


tumblr_o38zitx7d71qhwnzlo1_540.jpgTV Show – Broad City

It’s back!! Ilana and Abbi are my favourite, favourite pair of female friends in all of fiction. I wish each episode was longer than twenty minutes, because it’s nowhere near enough. It’s so refreshing, unignorably feminist and proud.

Book – American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

2807199Over the last few months, I’ve read every one of Sittenfeld’s books. A lot of them have similar themes, but I love, love, love all of them. Even this one, which is a fictional account of George Bush’s wife Laura. It’s super weird reading a book where the dorky love interest is literally George Bush, but once you get past that it’s just a bloody good read. Laura is one of the most complicated protagonists I’ve read in a long time (it reminded me a lot of the Neapolitan novels). She has to resolve having met someone who is basically her ideal man, with the fact that he is running for office….and she disagrees with all of his political views. Yeah. If you like House of Cards*, give it a go!



Musical – Hamilton

OKAY. WE ALL KNEW THIS WAS COMING. Every single person in the world knew I was gonna get into this. And I am, okay? I admit it! It’s my thing. I am completely mainstream. Dear Theodosia is my Book 2 writing jam, for reasons which… are probably obvious if you’ve read TNT?

Website – Futurelearn

I found this website because I was looking for a website to teach me more about writing screenplays. I took a free 4 week course on Scriptwriting, which was … okay. (The BBC Writer’s Room Script archive is more useful). But! I ended up taking some really cool other courses, like this Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds course on Maritime Archaeology. It was free, and amazing, and I got to learn about something I’d never get a chance to otherwise. It’s possible I just really miss uni, but if you’re into learning stuff, check it out.

Article: How to Write About Characters Who Are Smarter Than You

I made Kate and Matt scientists in The Next Together as a response to awful media portrayals of scientists, so this article is HELLA GOOD. I also love that the writer of The Imitation Game’s script did it for free, whaaaat?


In other news: I made a Venn diagram copying a cute idea done by Mackenzi Lee to compare the differences and similarities between her books. So here’s the things in both The Next Together and The Last Beginning (out in October!). 😶


My agent Claire Wilson has been shortlisted for Agent of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards! She is 100% GONNA WIN, because she deserves it.

Also a reminder that I’m doing an event with Alice Oseman in April at Waterstones Birmingham, and tickets are still available!



Published by Lauren James

Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including Green Rising, The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She is a RLF Royal Fellow, freelance editor and screenwriter. Lauren is the founder of the Climate Fiction Writers League, and on the board of the Authors & Illustrators Sustainability Working Group through the Society of Authors. Her books have sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide and been translated into six languages. The Quiet at the End of the World was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and STEAM Children’s Book Award. Her other novels include The Next Together series, the dyslexia-friendly novella series The Watchmaker and the Duke and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. She was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and many of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. She sold the rights to her first novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient. She has written articles for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Den of Geek, The Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2022. She has taught creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands.

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