Arts and Books

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 20 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 IndependentThe 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 taking 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 and Creative Writing in Healthcare and is currently finishing a relatively cheerful memoir about illness, cancer and God.