about the blogger


My name is Caroline Lodge. I have lived in a village in Devon since I moved from London in 2013. I started Bookword blog in December 2012 to share my reading, mostly ‘literary’ fiction; and also to share stuff about writing. I am a writer and since December 2018 a small-scale publisher. I belong to a writing group and a reading group.

I am passionate about literacy, libraries, books and giving and hearing the voices of underrepresented groups, especially women writers, black women writers and older women. Recently I have been reading more fiction in translation and encouraging others to do this too. I believe in free access to books for prisoners. And I champion writing as a therapeutic activity, especially for refugees. As well as book reviews you will find thoughts on these ideas on my blog.

I write short stories and longer fiction, including a novel, which is resting somewhere between a third and fourth draft. Two of my most recent books were nonfiction and were written with others:

The New Age of Ageing: how society needs to change, written with Eileen Carnell and Marianne Coleman, was published by Policy Press in September 2016.

Retiring with Attitude: approaching and relishing your retirement, co-authored with Eileen Carnell was published by the Guardian in July 2014.

In December 2018 I launched my own publishing business – Bookword – with a collection of my short stories: Better Fetch a Chair.

Please email me at lodgecm@gmail.com to find out how to acquire a copy.

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