A day at the Museum of Civilisation


Anyone who has read Station Eleven will recognise the reference. For those who haven’t, the Museum of Civilisation is a collection of things gathered together by the survivors in a very depleted world, things they had little use for, but wanted to have remembered. Goldsboro Books in London did a window display based around the […]

Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger’s Syndrome – expanded edition.


Yesterday’s book-on-a-train was Pretending to be Normal, Living with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) by Liane Holliday Willer – the new expanded edition. The original book came out in 1999 so there’s an additional 15 years of reflection on AS life to be added. Compelling and witty, Liane Holliday Willey’s account of growing to adulthood […]

Books to open your eyes.

a wrinkle in time

I think I was reading dystopian fiction before it was called that. I remember reading The Chrysalids (kindle) at school, and wishing I would suddenly discover that I was telepathic. (And the first seeds of thoughts about the rights and wrongs of judging appearances and differences were sown. ) There was A Wrinkle in Time, […]

LEGO®-Based Therapy – These kids are from my planet

lego based therapy 2

So, I’ve been reading How to build social competence through LEGO®-based clubs for children with autism and related conditions (Daniel B. LeGoff, Gina Gómez de la Cuesta, GW Krauss and Simon Baron-Cohen) for a little while now. The premise is basically that if you have a structured environment and activity, you can use it to […]

Win the new Jane Green novel, Saving Grace

Recently, I was lucky enough to read and review the new Jane Green novel, Saving Grace. It’s rather meatier than your usual chick lit, although still retailing as women’s fiction – I personally think the cover (although very striking) is a bit misleading, but then again, reading mainly eArcs on kindle, I guess I’m not […]

Win a copy of Endgame: The calling containing a life changing competition.

Endgame The Calling James Frey

So I got to read the pre release excerpt of Endgame: the Calling. It’s a fascinating idea – a book with a competition built into it. The competition prize is a life changing amount of gold. That made you sit up, didn’t it? Read a book, win a competition, change your life. Buy at Amazon […]

The Giver by Lois Lowry

the giver lois lowry

I’m not quite sure why I haven’t read the Giver before now. And I’m not quite sure why I really wanted to read it now. Someone recommended it, but I can’t remember who. Thank you, anyway. The Giver is dystopian fiction. Without guns. Without violence. The main character is 12 (looking at the film publicity […]

Red Leaves by Sita Brahmachari

Red Leaves Sita Brahmachari

Aisha is a thirteen-year-old refugee living in London. Happy for the first time since leaving her war-torn home, she is devastated when her foster mother announces that a new family has been found for her and she will be moving on. Feeling rejected and abandoned, Aisha packs her bags and runs away, seeking shelter in […]

John Scalzi’s Lock In

Lock In John Scalzi

I’ve read quite a bit of Scalzi’s work over the last year or so. Starting with Old Man’s War and the rest of the series. I loved it, particularly Zoe’s Tale. So when I found Unlocked, the prequel to Lock In free online, I devoured it. And couldn’t wait to get my hands on the […]

Nerdy, shy and socially inappropriate. By Cynthia Kim

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