Francesco’s question

Francesco emailed the following question: Hi, I have a question on an exercise I found in various “speed reading” books: is it useful to read a paragraph (or, for more advanced, a page) and then to close the book and write on a paper all you can remember of what you just read? Does it […]


Sooner or later, when you are learning to speed read, you are likely to reach a stage where your speed seems to have peaked and stays the same. You are still a way off your target speed.  Learning plateaus are horrible and it can feel as if they will last forever. However, that’s when you […]

Settling back in

I am settling back into my redecorated and renovated office space. The flood damaged most of the bookcases that lined the walls and I haven’t replaced them. It feels calmer and uncluttered without them. Two solid wood bookcases survived and were successfully restored by Roy Cave’s French Polishers. These are in the room, although they […]

After the flood… the rainbow

Things are busy down at our house. (For the benefit of those of you who are newcomers, it was flooded during Storm Desmond.) The floors are back in, we have interior walls in place and doors. In a week or two, after the plaster has dried, the decorators will be painting the interior of the house. […]

Spring greetings!

Today the clocks have sprung forward. Daffodils are flowering here in Northumberland. I thought I would share a photograph of the crocus in the walled garden of Wallington Hall. The Hall was the home of Trevelyan family, before it was donated to the National Trust. I remember reading G.M. Trevelyan’s ‘English Social History’ when I […]

So many books, so little time!

The past couple of weeks have been really busy and it has been fun working with some amazing new speed readers via Skype video calls. Sometime I teach clients who want to learn speed reading with a view to reading more great works of literature faster. The phrase ‘ So many books and so little […]

Turning over a new leaf?

Every Friday I review the previous week and plan for the next week. I find Mind Maps useful for this. If you are not familiar with Mind Maps, they are a graphic way of presenting information. Each Mind Map has an image in the centre which symbolise the topic. The difficulty I used to have […]