The Common Reader
Welcome to The Common Reader, a blog for that tries to help you make the most of your reading time. As Samuel Johnson said, “You can never be wise until you learn to love reading.”

You can find my most popular essays — about late bloomers, failures, fiction, and the morally corroding effects of Netflix, here.

                      "One of my favourite Substacks... a nerdy literature newsletter." 
                                                                                                            Helen Lewis

About me
I am currently writing a book about late bloomers — read about it here. You can read my articles for UnHerd, CapX, and The Critic. Please do email me. I always reply. You can find my personal website here.

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A blog for what Samuel Johnson and Virginia Woolf called the common reader. Make the most of your reading time. "One of my favourite Substacks." Helen Lewis


Henry Oliver
Writer in London. Working on a book about late bloomers. "I rejoice to concur with the common reader."