Let’s talk about the A word.


Maurice (Christopher Eccleston), Alison (Morven Christie) and Joe Hughes (Max Vento) in The A Word. Photograph: Rory Mulvey/BBC/Fifty Fathoms So. BBC one showed a new drama, The A word, last night about a family discovering their son has autism. It’s very well acted – unsurprisingly given it includes Christopher Eccleston on fine, if somewhat grumpy […]

One by Sarah Crossan


Just finished One by @SarahCrossan and now want to read everything else she's ever written. But not shopping lists. Cos that would be weird. — Jax Blunt (@liveotherwise) July 3, 2015 I read One in one sitting I think. It’s that kind of book. It wraps around you and carries you along, though it’s not […]

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code name Verity Elizabeth Wein

buy at Amazon Only in wartime could a stalwart lass from Manchester rub shoulders with a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a special operations executive. When a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France, she is captured by the Gestapo and […]

Saturday 30th May 2015

tigerboy as tiger

{watching} Bandits (amazon link). We had dinner before film, and the little ones went to bed, so we could watch something a bit more adventurous. Bruce Willis is usually a good sign that an action movie will at least be fun, although it turned out that this wasn’t really an action movie. The humour went […]

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 Amazon.co.uk| Buy at amazon.com 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 […]

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). […]

Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell

last leaves falling

Buy at Amazon And these are they. My final moments. They say a warrior must always be mindful of death, but I never imagined that it would find me like this . . . Japanese teenager Sora is diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Lonely and isolated, Sora turns to the ancient wisdom of the […]

Nerdy, shy and socially inappropriate. By Cynthia Kim

Nerdy, shy and socially unacceptable - Shorts.

Read 52: Playing Tyler

There are perks to being a book blogger. One of those is getting access to proofs before publication. There’s a site called NetGalley which does this with e-arcs (advanced reading copies) which is even better, because it means no hard copy of a not quite finished book lying around. Playing Tyler by T L Costa […]

Walkers Hoops and Crosses – sponsored review.

56% wholewheat

Home educating four children means that from time to time we Go Out. On days out I have to do packed lunches for 4no 5 people now. That means two types of bread, three types of fillings, and assorted snacks. Finding snacks that everyone will eat is challenging enough, so I’m always on the hunt […]

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