This is a difficult blog post to write. It’s not about writing – although it kind of is. It’s about a friend who died. And about bad luck. And making the most of what you have. And love. Two and a half weeks ago (is it that long already?!) a friend of mine died unexpectedly. I … More When A Light Goes Out
I don’t usually review picture books, but the lovely people at Bloomsbury have somehow accidentally put me on their reviewer-blogger list and have sent me a couple of beautiful shiny new ones. As you may recall from my last blog post, I’ve had a rough ride the past week or so (and now illness is … More Stormy Night – review
You know how sometimes you really don’t feel like doing something, but you think it’d probably be good for you if you did, so you force yourself to get on with it and then it turns out it WAS a good idea after all and you feel better for it? Hmm. I’ve just realised that … More Love Hurts In Birmingham (or does it?)
It’s only a couple of weeks ago that I was at the 2014 Oxfordshire Book Awards, so proud to be on the longlist for the 2015 awards – and yesterday I found out something even better – Looking at the Stars has made it through to the shortlist!! I am SO thrilled. There was some … More Looking at the Stars is shortlisted for the OBAs!
I’m a bit wary of books with ‘magic’ in the title. I don’t read a lot of fantasy these days (which is strange because I used to adore it as a child, and I still rate the Discworld novels as some of my favourites) and I think it’s because I find it harder to connect … More Worry Magic – review
The Door That Led To Where is one of those book titles that makes you wonder how it came into being. Was it the beginning of the story? By which I mean, did Sally Gardner start with the title and build the story around it? Or was it one of those titles that was absurdly … More The Door That Led To Where – review