Thoughts and other Miscellany

Start of something new

So here’s a scary thing: I resigned from my job.

“That’s not so scary! Millennials change jobs every 2-3 years!” I hear you cry.

Not this millennial. I’ve had 2 paid jobs in my life, and one was making lattes and dishing up stale croissants during one university summer. I’ve been at Large Accountancy Firm for the best part of 8 years – my first day was 8 Sept 2008. (Side note: Lehman Brothers collapsed on 15 Sept 2008. I try not to feel responsible.)

I’m definitely not going to get into the details of why I left on social media, but if you know me in real life, buy me a coffee and we’ll chat.


That’s big, huh? Particularly because I don’t have a new job yet.

I finish Current Job on 2nd September, so I still have a few weeks of large spreadsheets and accounts proof-reading ahead of me. Anyone got recommendations for reading on my last month of that particular commute?



4 thoughts on “Start of something new”

  1. The four best books I have read this year are :

    J L Carr, A Month in the Country, (UK, 1980). A very fine short novel. The narrator returns from the Great War with a tic and stammer, the result of shell shock. He is employed by a church in remote Yorkshire to expose a painting on the church ceiling. Also employed by the local squire is another returned soldier who is employed to find the burial spot of an ancestor. The narrator’s commentary on the painting as it is gradually revealed is fascinating. As are his relationships with the locals. Eventually he and the vicar’s wife fall in love but leave it unspoken. A very fine novel in which the old Yorkshire life immediately after the War is captured beautifully.

    Colm Toibin, The Heather Blazing (Ireland, 1992). One of the finest books I have read. The story of a conservative judge of the high court who, while holidaying on the coast in county Wexford (beautifully depicted), recalls his boyhood and young adulthood which was lived through the growth of modern Ireland. He depicts the city of Dublin and the coastal countryside of Ireland beautifully. His mother had died in childbirth; his father, a teacher, has raised him. For some subjects at school he was in his father’s class . As a boy he was in contact with his very old relatives who participated in the civil war, and as a young man speaks at a rally at which De Valera also speaks. But he lives to a great extent in his own world of work, and who seems unable to relate at all deeply to his family or to those around him. Indeed his wife before she dies complains that she thinks she barely knows him, and that he rarely says what he feels. And so while the novel is basically about a man who is to a great extent isolated, there is a note of optimism at the end as his small grandson begins to feel comfortable with him.

    Colm Toibin, Brooklyn (Ireland, 2009). Another superb book. A fairly simple story (life at home, emigration, difficulties, love, death of sister, return home, complications, resolution) which is told fluidly and beautifully and with marvellous ability to get inside the main character as well as to depict the Irish society around her.

    Rhidian Brook, The Aftermath, (UK, 2013). A very good book, well-paced, well-written, set in Hamburg in 1946 when urchins and orphans roamed the streets, some starved, many looked for family members, and the British hold on law and order was not tight. There was even a resistance organisation of Germans still loyal to Hitler. The British officer in charge of Hamburg, who is allocated a mansion in Blankenese which belongs to a German family, houses the German family in the upper story instead of turfing them out. This leads to complications when the wife of the British officer becomes involved with the German of the house, when the son of the British officer becomes involved with the urchins, while the British officer, often away at work, tries to live by his principles of openness and friendship towards the Germans, an attitude which most of the British hierarchy do not understand or appreciate.

  2. The beginning of a new era – very exciting! Liane Moriarty’s “Big Little Lies” and “Truly, Madly, Guilty” are diverting reads. Good luck with all future decisions! XX

  3. Scary, but nice. You could do anything! I quit my job six years ago, went into book blogging and it really changed my life. Now I’m happily self-employed as an editor. Best of luck finding a nice new job!

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