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Despite the name of this blog (which is explained here), I am very rarely idle. There are far too many exciting things to do. By day I am a curator at the British Museum, where I have the privilege of working with one of the most breathtaking collections in the world. When not at work, I spend my time juggling this blog, too many theatre trips, too many books, and a number of ‘fun’ projects that swallow up the rest of my leisure hours. Needless to say, I love every minute of it.

This blog began life in 2011 as a book blog and that remains its primary function. If you’d like to find out more about my library, you can explore my collection. More recently, however, the blog has evolved further identities. Since I became interested in early Italian opera in 2014, it has included reviews of operas and recitals, and it also functions as a travel journal. I started writing because I hoped to meet people who shared one or more of my passions and, over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to make some wonderful friends, many of whom have migrated off the internet and into real life.

If you’d like to contact me for any reason, I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to agree or disagree with anything I’ve said here – recommend similar things you’ve enjoyed that I might like – or simply say hello! If you would like to contact me about a review, please take a look at my review policy first.

You can contact me directly here.

9 thoughts on “About

      • arwen1968 says:

        Sorry, haven’t seen that post… otherwise I’d have known better than to ask. 🙂 I’ve been reading about the Idle Woman! Looked her up on Amazon and I agree that her style is rather overblown… nevertheless I really enjoy travel journals written in ages when travel was slower and since we saw Sicily: Culture and Conquest, we put Sicily on the visit-ASAP list, so I’m going to read her Sicily diary and if it’s not too taxing, I might read the others as well.

      • The Idle Woman says:

        Oh I’m so pleased that you were interested in Frances’s books! Funnily enough I’ve never sat down and read one cover-to-cover, but have only dipped in, back and forth. I should reread them properly at some point. Her Sicily book is also interesting for her encounters with the Anglo-Sicilian nobility of the age, all of whom she knew, of course. 😉

        Don’t worry about asking! I’m always happy to answer questions about my work if I can.

  1. Carlo Natali says:

    Buonasera. Mi sono imbattuto nel suo blog dopo aver finito di ascoltare l’Elena di Cavalli, perché cercavo recensioni di quel bellissimo spettacolo. Il suo blog è molto piacevole, e sono felice che lei si intesressi all’opera barocca. Per me è una scoperta di pochi mesi fa. Ed ora sto percorrendo tutti i DVD che trovo, con l’aiuto del libro della Rosand. Tornerò ancora a farle visita, se posso. Carlo

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