I (in red hat) am spending more time in the world of books, photography and ideas and, when I can, feeding my passion for travel (at least I WAS, before the pandemic).

Places I’ve traveled (in blue) as of April 2022. Wishlist includes Australia, New Zealand, Galapagos Islands, Amazon rainforest

My website/blog focuses on, in reverse order of frequency:

3. Random thoughts about gender, racism, politics, and making sense of the complex world around us.

2. My amateur photographer’s appreciation for unique images.

1. My own independent book reviews (NEVER any spoilers). You’ll see I am particularly drawn to historical fiction and my favorite topics are English, French, and Russian history and the two world wars. In addition to this website, I also share my book reviews (sometimes under a pseudonym HalKid2) on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookbub, Facebook, Twitter, Kobo, Google Play, edelweiss+, and LinkedIn.

I have also embarked on the humbling experience of learning to draw and paint with watercolors.

My Professional Life

There were three phases to my professional career, listed here in chronological order:

  1. A broadcast news writer, producer and news department manager at TV stations.
  2. A professor of broadcast journalism at Boston University’s College of Communication.
  3. A contract writer-producer-director of videos, animation, Web sites, and print materials for clients across dozens of industries.

I still apply my decades of writing experience to pro bono work for causes I am passionate about. If you’re interested, you can read more about my professional life.

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  1. Dear Toby,
    I am writing with the hope that you will consider my historical novel, THE LONE LEOPARD (set in Afghanistan), for a review. The book will be published independently in mid-July 2022.
    I was born and brought up in Afghanistan and claimed asylum in England in 1999. I have undergraduate and master’s degrees in Law at The University of Northampton and UCL, respectively; and a PhD on the War in Afghanistan at Durham University.
    THE LONE LEOPARD gives a first-hand account of what I (and most Afghans) have experienced over the past four decades in Afghanistan (and in exile). My previous book, ‘America in Afghanistan’, published in 2019 by IB Tauris/Bloomsbury (https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/america-in-afghanistan-9781784539986/ ), was praised by reviewers for its Afghan perspectives, and is found in, among other institutions, Oxford and Harvard.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Yours faithfully,


    1. While I am genuinely flattered at your request, I’m afraid I only review books that I choose myself, and almost exclusively fiction. Best wishes with your new book. I hope it is a success. Toby


    1. Hi. I am very flattered that you ask but I only review books I choose for myself. And that is almost exclusively fiction.


  2. My name is Anita Tiemeyer, and I would like you to review and post three historical novels I had recently published on your website. Please visit my website to read what my books are about–the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. Thank you. ast4586@gmail.com


    1. I’m flattered that you asked but I only write reviews of books that I have chosen to read. I don’t write reviews on request. Sorry.


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