These Little Words (est. 2011) is a blog dedicated to the joys and tribulations of reading. I own the site and write and edit all posts myself, unless otherwise indicated. If you would like to contribute please get in touch.

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The author

Hello! My name is Lizzi, and I live in Oxford. I studied English Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, and have now worked in publishing for four years – I am currently Senior Editorial Assistant for Classical and Biblical Studies at Routledge. Books are my first passion but I am also interested in politics, feminism, eating, TV, my dogs Rufus and Polly, and my husband Dan.


You can contact me on lizzi@theselittlewords.com, or on Twitter: @lizzirisch

Review policy

I mostly review books I already own. I sometimes request review copies of new books if I’m really excited to read them. My favoured genres are:

  • literary fiction (whatever that means)
  • historical fiction
  • non-formulaic crime/mystery
  • true crime
  • narrative non-fiction
  • biography/memoir
  • history
  • feminism

To see some books that I have read or am looking forward to reading, please see my reading lists page.

If you would like to send me a book, please ask me first as I have a backlog of unread books.  If I am sent unsolicited books, there is no guarantee that I will review them.

I’m afraid cannot accept ebooks or self-published books.


If I use photos from other websites I will always credit them underneath the photo. If there is no credit, that means I have taken the photo myself unless otherwise stated. If you own any photos I have featured and would like me to take them down, I am happy to do so. Let me know via the email address below, or on Twitter.

Affiliate programmes

I am a member of the affiliate programmes for Blackwell’sWordery and Foyles. This means that you will see links to buy a mentioned book at the end of blog posts; if you click on these links and buy the books, I will receive a small percentage.

You can also find me here…


Happy reading!


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