Coming up Roses by Rachael Lucas


Coming up Roses Rachael Lucas Love can be a thorny issue. Buy at amazon Buy for Kobo Buy at Hive It’s no secret to anyone here that I’m a huge fan of Rachael Lucas, and that’s not just because I’ve known her for over 12 years now, give or take. Got to love the internet […]

An interview with Kate Atkinson, and some thoughts on A God in Ruins.

Kate Atkinson (c) Euan Myles

affiliate links – thanks for your support! Buy at| Buy at I have a confession to make – I am a bad book blogger. (Quiet at the back there!) No, seriously, in this particular case I have let you down. I have had A God in Ruins sitting here waiting for review, and […]

Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden.

Carrie's war by Nina Bawden

A little while ago, I set Small a project – to explore the Second World War primarily through fiction. To get him started, I dug around our shelves and our many secondhand bookshops, and I found a few good titles. The first one he started was Carrie’s War. Carrie’s War (A Puffin Book) at Amazon […]

Memories of Mort – a review.


Warning. This is more of a meandering through my memory than a classic review. It is not guaranteed spoiler free, though hopefully I’ve been subtle enough to whet your appetite rather than blow the whole plot. Bear that in mind if you choose to read on. Affiliate links (thank you for your support) Buy at […]

Angelina Ballerina – breaking the fourth wall in picture books


The Angelina Ballerina books form a series of stories about the heroine, Angelina (a mouse) and her friends and family (also, unsurprisingly, mice). Although ballet is an important interest, it’s not a feature of every story and in fact is barely mentioned in Angelina’s Birthday by Katharine Holabird (Author) and Helen Craig (Illustrator) (affiliate link). […]

But what do you do all day?

hero shape and card game

Every day is different. At this time of year I’m trying to tease the children away from their screens and into the great outdoors, though to be honest, it doesn’t usually take all that much encouragement. This week, Smallest is enjoying Early Readers from Orion children’s books. She grabbed them out of my hands and […]

Plum Puddings and Paper Moons: Kingdom of Silk 5. By Glenda Millard, illustrated by Stephen Michael King


The Kingdom of Silk was a place where wishes sometimes come true. But even there, you couldn’t wish away something that had already happened, no matter how much you wanted to, or how tightly you closed your eyes, or how hard you clenched your fists when you wished. Nell said the best you can wish […]

Delete by Kim Curran Blog Tour

Delete kim curran

Smart, sharp science fiction, not only for teenagers. Buy on Kindle Buy at amazon The country is at war. Beset by enemies within and without. And all because of the decisions changed by one boy, Scott Tyler. In this ravaged alternative reality, Scott hardly recognises himself. He’s a war hero, a leader of a unit […]

A pony in the bedroom by Susan Dunne.

a pony in the bedroom susan dunne

Reviewing A Pony in the Bedroom: A Journey through Asperger’s, Assault, and Healing with Horses by Susan Dunne. In trying to understand my own diagnosis of Aspergers syndrome (autistic spectrum disorder) and what effect that has had on my life, I’m reading as many books as I can by other autistic people. Susan Dunne grew […]

March picture book catch up.

march picture books

In pictures This is the main body of it. That’s a whole lot of books! Titles etc: Picture a Greener future (Worcester Bosch) Bob’s best (ever) friend. Simon Bartram The bad tempered lady bird. Eric Carle Love Monster. Rachel Bright Walter and the no-need-to-worry suit. Rachel Bright Charlie and Lola: We honestly can look after […]

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