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I feel it’s so important to get to know everyone in the book club at least a little bit. My mum always said you can tell a person by their shoes, but I like to think it’s books and beverages. So. Here’s your milk and sugar dating profiles x

milk and sugar book club
If you want to get involved, drop me a DM on Instagram or send me a message saying ‘book club’ here.

Hannah Rose
@hannahvrose_fitness

Hannah Rose
Age, birthday: 23, 29th December.
Location
: Maidstone, Kent. But forever wishing I was back in beautiful Bath where I studied and lived for three years.
Occupation
: I currently work for a creative agency in PR and Content, however it is much more social media and digital content based than my official title!
Fun fact
: Look, I know I set these questions, but I always hate these. I forget everything fun thing about myself. And there’s not much to forget eh.
Urm how about this. I’m a secret taste tester for quite a well known company but I cannot tell you who!!
Fave book / writing style
: I don’t know why this book has stuck with me, but Pour Me a Life by AA Gill. I just adore the writing style and without knowing anything about him prior to reading it, I was fascinated by his story and life. That, and Normal People by Sally Rooney. She has my heart.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee, always. Black, flat white or skinny mocha. There is no in between. Cool and collected or basic bitch coffee
Milk or sugar?
Sweetener. And only milk if I’m having a flat white or mocha, but always skinny or dairy free alternatives. Bloody love a bit of coconut milk in coffee.


Alice Jepheart
@alice2nd96

Alice Jepheart
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Alice Livingstone

Alice Livingstone
Age, birthday
: 22, 26th June
Location
: Bristol, UK
Occupation
: Teacher of English and Head of House.
Fun fact
: My marvellous Aunty Lizzie is an author and her best selling book is a book called ‘The Reading Group’ about her beloved book club. Not that interesting but seems fitting for my introduction to the milk and sugar book club!
Fave book / writing style
: The Reader by Bernhard Schlink. I couldn’t recommend this book enough. Simplistic and easy (could be devoured in a day) but so beautiful and painful. God, I love it so much.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee. I’d straight up rather die than drink a cup of tea.
Milk or sugar?
Neither, just black please.


Alicia Jansen
@lissy842

Alicia Jansen
Age, birthday
: (old…) 32, 28 August.
Location
: London, but made in NZ!
Occupation
: HR Manager Europe, Middle East & Africa – Reuters.
Fun fact
: Errr, I used to ride horses for NZ.
Fave book / writing style
: I like to change it up each time, but confess I do love a thriller or crime novel.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee! (but like Tea also).
Milk or sugar?
Milk and no sugar.


Ami Henderson
@amihenderson_

Ami Henderson
Age, birthday
: 20, 20th October
Location
: Maidstone, Kent but I’m originally from the North East.
Occupation
: Currently working as a receptionist – deffo not the forever job but it’s a stepping stone. 
Fun fact
: Ahh always stumped on what to say! I moved out at 16?? I make a good cinnamon bun? I’m a Nutella addict?… have three haha.
Fave book / writing style
: My fave book is ‘Lucy in the Sky’ by Paige Toon. I’m a sucker for romantic / drama books. Being pushed to read books I wouldn’t usually reach for is definitely something I’m looking forward to get out of book club.
Tea or coffee?
Tea. 100%. I’m from the North after all!
Milk or sugar?
Oat milk & ½ sugar (since living in the south I need the sugar to mask the limescaley water).


Annie Savage
@anniesavage23

Annie Savage
Age, birthday
: 22, 23rd August
Locatio
n: Just returned to Maidstone after studying Biochemistry at the University of Sheffield for 5 years.
Occupation
: Starting my first Grad Job in Global Operations with a well-known pharmaceutical company in September.
Fun fact
: About a year ago I took up running and I just can’t get enough (although I am definitely not a natural.) My favourite weekend activities are trail running or hiking in the Peak District – I can’t wait to move back up North.
Fave book / writing style
: I gave up history at the first opportunity because I hated the lessons but bizarrely my favourite novels are historical fiction! I loved The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, The Nightingale by Hannah Kristen and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (to name a few!) However, I enjoy variety so read just about anything.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee – desperately trying not to become addicted to Dalgona.
Milk or sugar?
Oat milk and no sugar (okay… sometimes).


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Annie Stevenson
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Beckie Poole
@beckiepoole

Beckie Poole (with an -ie, NEVER a y. That’s worse than using the full name (Rebecca) and only my ma does that!)
Age, birthday
: I’m 23 years young, which actually makes me 105 in dog years. My birthday is on the 3rd Jan, every year. I forget to celebrate it, every year.
Location
: Currently it’s in beautiful Bath. I moved here over five years ago for uni and due to odd circumstances I didn’t end up going home. My hometown is a seaside town right next to Brighton, so I miss it all oh so much!
Occupation
: I’m an SEO Exec by day and a knitter by night / in my free time. SEO means I’m sort of a Google slave which is a weird way of saying I check sites we have as a publisher do well, are good content you want to click, and I go down rabbit holes on really weird stuff!
I’ve been knitting for 17 years and crocheting for 5 – full self taught and I take on commissions as and when I have time (which right now seems to be a lot!)
Fun fact
: I’m still fuming Hannah made us do these, so I let her pick mine for me… (HR: I wasn’t going to pick, I was going to let you have three delectable facts from Miss Poole but formatting became an issue.)
I’ve moshed with Keira Knightley once in Brighton at a Klaxons gig.
Fave book / writing style
: Another horrible question, because as an English Literature grad I feel compelled to say something deep, or moving, or full of adolescent angst and rebellion! I’m gonna go with Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon. I read it as my sister is Autistic and I thought it might help me better understand her. It really did. She read it and said it was so lovely to be represented. It’s flawless, and beautifully depicts individuality, logic, rationality and dealing with one’s emotions even if you don’t fully understand them.
Tea or coffee?
I drink any hot beverage so now I’m in a real pickle! I worked at BTP for a year so although I feel obliged to say tea, there’s something about an oat flat white that keeps drawing me in…
Milk or sugar?
Oat milk, no sugar. Unless I’m hungover, then it’s a strong bucket of earl grey with a dash of oat and half a spoon of demerara – trust me, it works!


Bee Early

Bee Early
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Beth Bland
@bethbland_x

Beth Bland
Age, birthday
: 25, 16 August
Location
: Chatham (the nice part).
Occupation
: Campaigns officer for a community Healthcare company (it is more interesting than it sounds, I basically get to be super creative and hear amazing stories of people getting better).
Fun fact
: I am a huge cricket buff, the highlight of my life was going to the Ashes at the Oval. Bucket list is to see it in Oz!
Fave book / writing style
: I love a first person thriller, something to keep me on the edge of my seat! Although a bit of light relief is needed after a few in a row! Adam Kay’s this is going to hurt had me in stitches!
Tea or coffee?
Coffee always!
Milk or sugar?
Black, like my soul (I kid, I am a ray of sunshine, unless you put milk in my coffee).


Beth Watts

Beth Watts
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Beth
@thehappyteacher._

Beth
Age, birthday
: 26, 10th April.
Location
: Southampton but forever longing to return to Germany where I spent a semester of uni!
Occupation
: English Teacher.
Fun fact
: I don’t have a middle name, so when I was younger I used to pretend that it was Rose because I loved the movie Titanic.
Fave book / writing style
: I really love anything. Probably something dystopian. Or a good ol’ romantic novel tht’ll make me cry. I love the classics.
Tea or coffee?
It’s like asking me to choose between my children. It’ll be a different one depending on the time of day or my mood!
Milk or sugar?
Always milk. A sprinkle of sugar in the first cup of the day; it’s gotta be a good one!


Charlotte Barton
@theoutspokenblonde

Charlotte Barton
Age, birthday
: ‘I don’t know about you but I’m feeling 22’ well I’ve been feeling that since 5th September.
Location
: Thanet, aka near Canterbury because no one’s ever heard of it.
Occupation
: Devoted employee of the NHS. I work for Children’s Therapies Service, delivery physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy to disabled children.
Fun fact
: Call me Bowie baby because I have two different coloured eyes. One’s a greeny blue and the other hazel. You can only really see it in the sunlight. I often get randomers staring into my eyes, still no lover though.
Fave book / writing style
: Anything easy peasy with a lot of sex. Idk that must be my kink.
Tea or coffee?
: I’ll take one in each hand because that choice is way too hard. Always start my morning with tea and end my day with coffee. Buzzing!
Milk or sugar?
: No sugar coz I’m… Okay I’ll refrain but seriously if I added sugar I’d be high as a kite. 


Brie Whyatt
@briewhyatt

Brie Whyatt
Age, birthday
: 23, 29th October
Location
: I live in Barnsley currently but work in Leeds
Occupation
: Interaction and user experience designer for NHS Digital. Currently designing for the NHS App (download it kids!). I am also a freelance graphic designer.
Fun fact
: I applied to be on GBBO this year but they didn’t accept me.
Fave book / writing style
: My favourite book is a total obvious choice – Pride and Prejudice. But my favourite author is Ian McEwan. I love all of his books equally.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee. Usually black.
Milk or sugar?
If I ever have milk it’s coconut or hazelnut. Sometimes I mix in low-cal hot choc for an afternoon mocha.


Charlotte Hance
@charlottehance21

Charlotte Hance
Age, birthday
: 22, 21st may
Location
: Currently Maidstone, Kent, but wish I was back in Brighton by the sea.
Occupation
: I currently work as a freelance journalist writing for online magazines but I want to train to be an English teacher!
Fun fact
: I’ve genuinely been mulling over this for waaaay too long. Last year I got invited to 10 Downing Street and got to see some cool secret rooms and memorabilia! (and Larry the cat).
Fave book / writing style
: I’m sure a tough Q for all us book nerds but my favourite has to be A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, it’s so sad but so good.
Tea or coffee?
I’m not very British because I hate breakfast tea so a nice cup of coffee (preferably an iced one) all the way!
Milk or sugar?
A little bit of sugar or a sweetener plus any dairy-free milks! I love oat milk for coffee. 


Charlotte Fardell
@charrosefit

Charlotte Fardell
Age, birthday
: 22, 16th February
Location
: Hertfordshire.
Occupation
: Final year Business Psychology student at Loughborough Uni.
Fun fact
: I’ve flown a small plane a few times (with help of course).
Fave book / writing style
: I’m not much of a reader atm, I find it hard to pick up books when I’m reading loads for uni. But, I really enjoyed the ‘Me Before You’ trilogy, I’m a sucker for a love story and thought it had a nice storyline!
Tea or coffee?
Coffee for sure. I love herbal teas though.
Milk or sugar?
Milk, no sugar! Love dairy free alternatives too, usually go for a coconut latte.


Coralie Pilte
@coraliepilte

Coralie Pilte
Age, birthday
: 28, August 18
Location
: Maidstone, Kent, but originally from Lyon, France.
Occupation
: Digital Marketing Lead in the same creative agency as Hannah.
Fun fact
: I can rap one French song… Only a select few have seen it in action and I was told I should forget any career in rap, no matter how impressed they were with my “quick flow”.
Fave book / writing style
: I’m partial to a good crime novel and Agatha Christie remains the Queen of Crime!
Tea or coffee?
Tea, always as Hannah will be able to attest (HR: indeed I can)
Milk or sugar?
Neither, unless it’s a matcha, then I’ll take some oat milk.


Emma Broad
@emm_abroad

Emma Broad
Age, birthday
: 23, 14th September.
Location
: Canterbury, but moving straight back to Northern Thailand after I graduate.
Occupation
: I’ve had a small graphic design business for just over a year now & I’m at uni to become a teacher.
Fun fact
: I own a converted campervan that I drive around Europe with my pug and longtime boyfriend in literally all of my free time. Kinda sucks being stuck in right now! Heading back to the whimsical Bavarian mountains ASAP.
Fave book / writing style
: Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami, Japanese novels are usually pretty bizarre and I love it. I’m also going through a phase of reading books about how technology is ruining the world and ending democracy…
Tea or coffee?
Coffee, always iced!
Milk or sugar?
Milk always, and an occasional dash of syrup.


Emily O’Neil

Emily O’Neil
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Eilis Anne
@eilis.anne

Eilis Anne
Age, birthday
: 28, 3rd May.
Location
: Manchester.
Occupation
: Photographer.
Fun fact
: Was a junior member of the Manchester diving team.
Fave book / writing style
: Anything by Sally Rooney or Stephen King.
Tea or coffee?
Both.
Milk or sugar?
Neither (Unless it’s a treat).


Hannah Payne
@gettingpeachywhann

Hannah Payne
Age, birthday
: 21, 5th Feb.
Location
: Cheltenham always lived in and around here but I was born in Germany.
Occupation
: Kennel Assistant at the sweetest kennels, yes I do cuddle dogs but there is other hard work involved! I’m also a student, studying bioveterinary sciences looking to become a vet surgeon..
Fun fact
: I actually have 4 black belts in various martial arts and am able to teach classes though I’ve stopped that to supposedly focus on my studies!
Fave book / writing style
: Has to be a crime or psychological thriller, something that I can get so into that I’ll jump if I hear any other noise! Current fave is A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly!
Tea or coffee?
Is that even a question! ALWAYS coffee! Ice skinny vanilla latte made with almond milk or a caramel macchiato with extra drizzle! Occasionally if I’m feeling like a boss b*tch I’ll have a double espresso and drink it like a shot
Milk or sugar?
Always milk, prefer to drink almond but will drink skimmed milk if I need to and O love to use syrups to sweeten it as long as they’re sugar free! You’ll find me hoarding the ones you can pick up in TK Maxx and Homesense!


Georgia Jackson
@gsjackson_24

Georgia Jackson
Age, birthday
: 23, 24th March.
Location
: Maidstone, Kent.
Occupation
: I’m a press officer at the NSPCC and Childline. Previously, I was a journalist at a local newspaper in Southampton.
Fun fact
: I absolutely love fancy dress and will find any excuse for a themed party.
Fave book / writing style
: This is really hard question but one book I always go back to is Jennifer Egan’s conceptual novel ‘A Visit From The Goon Squad.’
Tea or coffee?
It has to be coffee! I can’t function in the morning without it. I also love a good mug of green tea.
Milk or sugar?
A splash of milk and sugar with coffee. Green tea is perfect on it’s own.


Holly Watson
@hollyyy.watson

Holly Watson
Age, birthday
: 19, 19th December.
Location
: Kenilworth, Warwickshire but wishing I was in Brighton by the beach.
Occupation
: I work with children in a nursery, but hoping to pursue my love of fitness and health.
Fun fact
: I am allergic to nearly everything and I am very OCD about my books.
Fave book / writing style
: My favourite book is probably Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher.
Tea or coffee?
Both but coffee first thing in the morning!
Milk or sugar?
Both, a teaspoon of milk! (Has to only be a teaspoon)


Heather Houghton
@heathersaddiction

Heather Houghton
Age, birthday
: 36, 25th April.
Location
: Leighton Buzzard.
Occupation
: Senior Customer Service Coordinator, Key Accounts.
Fun fact
: One of my primary school teachers once called my mum into school an accused me of lying about finishing one of my reading books, as I had only had it a day so couldn’t have possibly have read it that fast. My mum then proceeded to get me to read the whole book out to my teacher who she then made apologise to me.
Fave book / writing style
: I love fantasy and science fiction, but also love a thriller or dystopian romance. Some of my favourite authors are Sarah J Mass, Kelley Armstrong, Lois McMaster Bujold, Trudi Canavan, Peter F Hamilton and David Eddings!
Tea or coffee?
Tea for me!
Milk or sugar?
No milk or sugar as I like herbal tea!


Kamila Michalska
@kamfituk

Kamila Michalska
Age, birthday
: 21, 26th August.
Location
: Plymouth, UK.
Occupation
: Business Development Coordinator in the construction industry.
Fun fact
: I’m bilingual so get to read twice the amount of books and get confused by certain words in either language because of it.
Fave book / writing style
: All books by Jane Fallon (they’re a mix of mystery and romance and I’m all about that!).
Tea or coffee?
Tea in the morning, coffee and cake in the afternoon.
Milk or sugar?
One sugar or flavdrops and milk, always.


Immy

Immy
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Location
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Fave book / writing style
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Katy Jane

Katy Jane
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Katy Elizabeth
@katyel_

Katy Elizabeth
Age, birthday
: 20, 31st August.
Location
: Northamptonshire.
Occupation
: Police Officer.
Fun fact
: What would you even class as a fun fact…? I have a very specific talent. I can fall over thin air. Anything. Anywhere. Guarantee you that I will fall over.
Fave book / writing style
: Favourite genre I think would be psychological thrillers – AmericanPsycho by Bret Easton Ellis, and currently reading outsider by Stephen King which I’m loving. Favourite play is Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. And I’m a sucker for a bit of classical mythology… I read Circle by Madeline Miller recently and adored it. I loved having the ancient setting with the modern twist, and a focus on a woman for once! An all time favourite book of mine is If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor… I studied it at A Level and loved the writing style.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee.
Milk or sugar?
I will drink any coffee. I have no preference… As long as there’s caffeine, I’m happy. 


Kelsie Hannah
@kelsiehannah_96

Kelsie Hannah
Age, birthday
: 23, 1st November.
Location
: Northern Ireland.
Occupation
: None as yet because of a certain virus, but I worked in retail for five years in different companies, one of which was Tesco and I loved it!
Fun fact
: I have an identical twin!
Fave book / writing style
: My mum is a book lover so I normally get my recommendations from her! I enjoy either a crime / thriller (Dan Brown / Jeffery Archer) or a good old fashioned rom-com (Marian Keyes / Jojo Moyes). My recent favourite has to be Normal People by Sally Rooney – I’m literally obsessed!
Tea or coffee?
Can I have both? Coffee to boost my energy and tea to help me relax.
Milk or sugar?
Milk in coffee and tea (either almond / oat or normal). No sugar, but I sometimes have a wee splash of sugar free syrup in my coffee!


Kaya Rae
@kaya.raee

Kaya Rae
Age, birthday
: 22, 22nd November.
Location
: Bristol born and bred (though currently in Gloucester till July).
Occupation
: A full-time student that thought she could live her whole three years on her loans and is now in a load of debt with no job in a pandemic (wild).
Fun fact
: It dawned on me that I am the most boring person ever and have never actually achieved or done anything interesting so have two “fun” facts to make up for it. I used to run track, cross country and long jump representing my county / have been hit by three cars in my life and never broken a bone from them (you’d think I’d learn from my mistakes).
Fave book / writing style
: I will literally read anything that is put in front of me. But I do love a romantic novel hehe!
Tea or coffee?
Coffee coffee coffee.
Milk or sugar?
Black or with any form of dairy free milk (coconut lattes are the one tho) and a sweetener!


Maisy Hopkins

Maisy Hopkins
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Location
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Fave book / writing style
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Lauren Ash
@laurenholliefitness

Lauren Ash
Age, birthday
: 22, 11 April.
Location
: Currently in Leicester where I go to dance school full time, but actually from Bedfordshire.
Occupation
: Student and fitness instructor, blogger + multiple shitty 0 hour jobs.
Fun fact
: I’m actually so bad at these I’ve concluded I’m not a fun person.
Fave book / writing style
: I like a bit of everything, love a bit of romance! Also partial to a “self help/ growth” book and occasional autobiography.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee! Always!
Milk or sugar?
Soya / almond / coconut milk! No sugar (unless you’re offering caramel syrup).


Megan Hoey

Megan Hoey
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Maxine Gross
@maxinegross

Maxine Gross
Age, birthday
: 23, 19th January.
Location
: New York City.
Occupation
: Commercial Production Assistant.
Fun fact
: I always read the book before watching the movie!
Fave book / writing style
: Normal People by Sally Rooney.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee!
Milk or sugar?
Almond milk.


Michelle Rose

Michelle Rose (My Mumma who hasn’t sent me answers so I’m doing it)
Age, birthday
: 53, 1st July.
Location
: Maidstone, Kent.
Occupation
: Teaching Assistant and all round wonder woman.
Fun fact
: I have not stepped on a drain in decades. I will do everything in my power to avoid them and refuse to walk over anything that isn’t solid floor.
Fave book / writing style
: Anything and everything. Usually at 2am. Not bedtime, 2am is when I wake up.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee. Decaf, because I have a pacemaker. Although Nescafe Vanilla Latte sachets all day every day. Tea makes me shudder.
Milk or sugar?
Sweetener. No milk, I hate milk.


Megan Jobbins
@healthylivingmegs

Megan Jobbins
Age, birthday
: 24, 28th June.
Location
: Wiltshire.
Occupation
Fun fact
: I was a nanny for a gorgeous family who is well known for being famous (that’s a secret though).
Fave book / writing style
: Living My Best Life, I just love books that you can relate to!
Tea or coffee?
Ahh neither really, maybe a latte and black tea occasionally! I love cold drinks!
Milk or sugar?
One sugar and no milk.


Molly Willett
@willett.molly

Molly Willett
Age, birthday
: 24, 27th April.
Location
: Norwich, UK.
Occupation
: I’m currently doing an apprenticeship in Operation Management at a school… but in the future am hoping to use that to do a similar thing in a museum and bring back my first love (and degrees in) classics / ancient history.
Fun fact
: I am a black belt in karate.
Fave book / writing style
: Rebecca Daphne DuMaurier – it’s the only book that has ever truly surprised me, like actually gasp out loud.
Tea or coffee?
Tea when I’m home, coffee when I’m out – I can’t get the milk as frothy and I refuse to pay over a pound for one teabag.
Milk or sugar?

Just a splash of milk – no sugar.


Marisca

Marisca
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Natasha Wright
@natashawrightt

Natasha Wright
Age, birthday
: 22, 2nd July.
Location
: East Lothian, Scotland.
Occupation
: I am currently working in a private nursery as a supervisor and have done for the past 4 years.
Fun fact
: I haven’t actually read a book in about 4 years… my excuse being that I’m usually too tire but I’m hoping this book club will encourage me to finish a book or two at least…
Fave book / writing style
: I love a good murder mystery or thriller, but I also really like books that are just relatable.
Tea or coffee?
Tea ALWAYS.
Milk or sugar?
Of course! Two and a coo.


Nat
@mythswithnat

Nat
Age, birthday
: I am 27, which makes me sound very grown up but I do not feel it! My birthday is the 21st April. Shout out to my Taurus babies!
Location
: I live in Bramhall, which is Greater Manchester. I live with my bf and our cat, Pepper.
Occupation
: I’m an English teacher in a secondary school. I’ve been doing it for 3 years now and I absolutely love it. I am excited to be able to talk about books with some grown-ups though!
Fun fact
: When I was 10 I was on tv on a CBBC gameshow called Xchange. It is the most early-noughties thing ever and I was on it with James from Busted’s side project, Son of Dork. I was a huge Busted fan so this was the best day of my pre-teens.
Fave book / writing style
: I always find this really difficult to nswer! I love chick-lit and young adult fiction. Rainbow Rowell is one of my favourite authors but I think my favourite book ever is Tess of the D’Urbervilles, wich I’ve read and re-read many times since the first time I read it at uni!
Tea or coffee?
Coffee, preferably iced!
Milk or sugar?
Oatly Barista (it’s so creamy!) and just a lil bit a sugar!


Phoebe Freeman
@phoebe_freeman

Phoebe Freeman
Age, birthday
: 23, January 11th.
Location
: Kent, UK.
Occupation
: Currently unemployed due to Covid-19.
Fun fact
: Moose are my favourite animals and I was lucky enough to see three different ones whilst I was living in Canada!
Fave book / writing style
: I absolutely love a good story, a big chunky book that is a real page turner – something where you can picture the events so clearly in your head. Would have to say The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett or Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I cried when I finished both!
Tea or coffee?
: I’m going to have to say coffee but I do love a good ol’ cuppa.
Milk or sugar?
: For coffee, whether it’s hot or iced, always milk of some variety and a flavouring  hazelnut or caramel. For tea, I’ll have it with or without milk, but NEVER sugar!!


Olivia Beckett
@oliviagracebeckett

Olivia Beckett
Age, birthday
: 24, 30th January.
Location
: The Garden of England, AKA: Stockwell, London.
Occupation
: I work in the Buying Department of a creative merchandise company in SW London, buying and developing beauty accessories.
Fun fact
: I studied fashion design and am currently using lockdown as a time to work on a plan to start selling prints and illustrations.
Fave book / writing style
: I love accounts of past events / time periods written by authors who were actually there: In Cold Blood (Truman Capote) and Call the Midwife / Shadows of the Workhouse (Jennifer Worth). I am also a sucker for a love story; Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) is my favourite. 
Tea or coffee?
I would never pick between them – coffee until 11m, tea 11:01am onwards.
Milk or sugar?
My heart says yes to milk, but my lactose intolerance says no. Coconut milk and no sugar. 


Rachael Leigh
@rachaelleighxo

Rachael Leigh
Age, birthday
: 26, 2nd January.
Location
: East London.
Occupation
: “A job? Lol what’s that??” – A person silly enough to quit and start fresh, 10 days before a bloody national crisis. (but also a former Fashion Buying & Merchandise Assistant).
Fun fact
: Gah, I hate you Hannah! Urmmmmm… I just finished my masters degree in Applied Linguistics?? Is there a prize for the least fun fun fact?
Fave book / writing style
: I’m gonna go with the very obvious, the Ariana Grande of the mainstream literature world: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger – it’s just a classic isn’t it? But, I also recently read Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche.
Tea or coffee?
Peppermint green tea. Always. Oh yeah, also very addicted to coffee… but that goes without saying right?
Milk or sugar?
Oat milk and 1 sweetener. Maybe, (definitely) skip both for the peppermint tea though.


Phoebe Harding
@phoebeharding

Phoebe Harding
Age, birthday
: 22, June 10th.
Location
: Norwich.
Occupation
: I’m a Year 4 teacher!
Fun fact
: I have a kitten called Hero (who is 99.9% of my Instagram stories).
Fave book / writing style
: I studied English Lit at uni, so I’m a sucker for the classics, but I also am obsessed with psychological thrillers.
Tea or coffee?
Both! Different hot beverages for every mood.
Milk or sugar?
Both in coffee; just milk in my tea.


Sami Coulthard
@samicoulthard

Sami Coultard
Age, birthday
: 25, 4th April.
Location
: Yeovil, a boring town in Somerset.
Occupation
: I’m a Marketing Assistant at a builders merchant – hoping to go into more creative/digital marketing role in the future.
Fun fact
: Oh god I’m very boring… I met Peter Andre at a book signing in my town – does that count? I didn’t even like him & brought his book because I had major FOMO.
Fave book / writing style
: I love thrillers with female protagonists – my favourite does have to be Gone Girl or Dark Places by Gillian Flynn!
Tea or coffee?
Seems controversial among the other members… but it’s tea all day everyday for me. If I HAD to drink coffee, it’d be iced & full of chocolate.
Milk or sugar?
Just milk – either soya or almond.


Rosie Deane
@rosie.deane

Rosie Deane
Age, birthday
: 23, 28th January.
Location
: Maidstone, Kent.
Occupation
: I am an Assistant Clinical Psychologist in a locked inpatient mental health hospital. I work with individuals with complex mental health problems, challenging behaviours and forensic histories.
Fun fact
: I’m a qualified scuba diver and love to travel.
Fave book / writing style
: The Patrick Melrose Novels – Edward St Aubyn. I know it’s a series but I can’t pick one.
Tea or coffee?
COFFEE.
Milk or sugar?
Neither. Black all the way.


Simone Bolton
@_simonebolton

Simone Bolton
Age, birthday
: 24, 5th January.
Location
:York.
Occupation
: Paralegal.
Fun fact
: I used to be a cheerleader.
Fave book / writing style
: Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven. Constantly switching between mystery / thriller & romance.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee. Caramel iced lattes are the way to heart.
Milk or sugar?
2 sugars and lots of milk.


Scarlett Roper

Scarlett Roper
Age, birthday
Location
Occupation
Fun fact
Fave book / writing style
Tea or coffee?
Milk or sugar?


Tilly Milnes
@tillymilnes

Tilly Milnes
Age, birthday
: 30, 27th April.
Location
: Headcorn, Kent.
Occupation
: I am a fully qualified solicitor now working in-house in an insurance company in their claims department.
Fun fact
: I love a bit of drama, so I perform in our local village pantomime every year with my stepchildren.
Fave book / writing style
: Favourite book is so difficult, but I do always go back to The Time Traveller’s Wife. I also love Elizabeth Chadwick novels as I am a bit of a history buff.
Tea or coffee?
Always tea. Tea solves all problems.
Milk or sugar?
Milk and two sugars! Apparently I’m not sweet enough.


Taya
@thecraycraytaytay

Taya (Nickname, T or Taytay)
Age, birthday
: 24. I am a February baby.
Location
: Born and raised in Bristol and recently moved back.
Occupation
: I have recently just moved back from being abroad being an ESL Teacher and I continue to teach (but online now).
Fun fact
: Urmm… I lived in Vietnam for 8 months – became a citizen and taught English there. Loved the culture and really dived into the local vietnamese life.
Fave book / writing style
: That’s a hard one, but my favourite book I would say is MORT by Terry Pratchett, I have read it too many times now for it not to be classed as my favourite book.
Tea or coffee?
Tea all the way… loved coffee when I was living in Vietnam but in the UK all I do is drink tea. From good old English breakfast to peach tea.
Milk or sugar?
I have alternative milk with my tea as I am lactose intolerant. And without a doubt two sugars.


Tom Canning
@thetomcanning

Tom Canning
Age, birthday
: 26, 3rd February.
Location
: I’ve just moved to Bristol, but my family are from Warwickshire and I studied in Manchester.
Occupation
: Key Account Manager. I manage the SW of England working with pubs and restaurants for Jubel, a naturally infused fruit craft lager brand!
Fun fact
: When I was a child, most boys wanted to be footballers – I wanted to be Prime Minister.
Fave book / writing style
: The First Casualty – Ben Elton.
Tea or coffee?
Jubel but if I can’t – coffee.
Milk or sugar?
Just milk.



I’m so glad you all loved the fun fact section. Can’t promise it won’t happen again x

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