Fiction inspired food

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From lashings of ginger beer (which apparently never actually existed) to midnight feasts including sardines, to enchanted hot chocolate, the books we read give us connections with food that we wouldn’t otherwise have had. The Queen took from somewhere among her wrappings a very small bottle which looked at if it were made of copper. […]

Red House Children’s Book Award blog tour: Pamela Butchart

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I’m very pleased today to be hosting a guest interview with Pamela Butchart, writer of Baby Aliens Got My Teacher, as part of the Red House Children’s Book Award blog tour. Over to Pamela. What inspired you to write Baby Aliens Got My Teacher? I had quite a wild imagination when I was at primary […]

Sealed with a Christmas Kiss by Rachael Lucas #thesealquel

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I am very proud to be able to call Rachael Lucas a friend. I was thrilled when her first book, Sealed with a Kiss was a self publishing success, and absolutely over the moon for her when she got a traditional publishing contract with Pan Macmillan. And now she’s back with a Christmas novella, Sealed […]

Mars evacuees by Sophia McDougall

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I was lucky enough recently to win a signed copy of Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall. It’s not just signed though, it’s doodled in. Isn’t this just fab? Amazon The fact that someone had decided I’d be safer on Mars, where you could still only SORT OF breathe the air and SORT OF not get […]

From Skallagrigg to Wonder via Just Because, diverse disability books

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There was a great twitter chat tonight on the #SupportWNDB tags, focussing on disability representation in fiction. It got me thinking of the books I could bring to mind featuring disability or illness. Buy at amazon (secondhand) An old favourite is the Skallagrigg. Unites Arthur, a little boy abandoned many years ago in a grim […]

A day at the Museum of Civilisation

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 […]

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