Announcing my new non-fiction blog: The Optimist

How has the material wealth of England compared to that of China over the last 2,000 years?


What book would make for a good introduction to the geopolitics of the Indian Ocean?


And what could rainfall have to do with democracy?


Matchsticks for my Eyes’ new sibling blog, The Optimist (, examines these questions and more!  While Matchsticks for my Eyes is about “stories in all their forms”, The Optimist is its non-fiction counterpart where I discuss books or research that has caught my eye.


Join me at The Optimist as I set out to learn more about our wonderful world – one book, article or paper at a time.