Days of Wonder by Keith Stuart

I have a confession to make. I don’t like heart warming books. I’m not a fan of tear jerkers. So why did I read Days of Wonder, when I had a pretty good idea of what was coming? Because it’s Keith Stuart, and although I feel I shouldn’t love his books, (I read YA! and […]

Life Satisfaction: A Scientist’s Guide by Leo Lafferty-Whyte PhD.

There is an irony, I feel, in this post. A few days back I posted about doing 15 days of giveaways. I then failed completely and utterly to even put together the widget for the first giveaway, and have been slumped in a heap of self recrimination ever since. So how can I possibly be […]

Happy blogaversary to me.

15 years of blogging. Here’s to the next 15. Today’s giveaway: A mini monster. Yet to be made (you can’t have the spotty one, that’s Tigerboy’s. ) There’ll be a gleam widget here in a minute if my battery lasts. (Ok, it hasn’t. Tomorrow. )

The Secret of the Night Train by Sylvia Bishop

We’re very happy today to be kicking off the blog tour for a wonderful MG book by Sylvia Bishop, the Secret of the Night Train. Smallest has read it, and will be contributing her thoughts after we’ve heard from Sylvia. Train no. 1: TGV Duplex (Paris – Munich) In my new book, The Secret of […]

Lifestyle changes, the Italian edition.

A few months ago, t’other half had a bit of a wake up call from a scheduled GP encounter. Nothing immediately serious, but a whole load of little factors that add up together to mean that his overall health picture wasn’t nearly as good as it could be. Basically, his age, weight, lifestyle and being […]

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

Today I’m pleased to be helping kick off the blog tour for the award winning The Leavers by Lisa Ko. Blurb: One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon – and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. With his mother […]

The Imaginary by A F Harrold illustrated by Emily Gravett

Ages and ages ago I started reading The Imaginary as a bedtime story. Turned out it was far too scary to be an end of day book, so we moved it to lunchtimes. Although the children loved the language and the characters, some parts were very upsetting so we kept having breaks. (Fortunately, you can […]

For world autism awareness/acceptance day, read autistic writers!

If you want to learn about autism, the best way is to read the people who are autistic. Not people imagining what it’s like and writing about it. So for world autism awareness/acceptance day, a list of autistic authors/artists/writers/bloggers. This will obviously not be comprehensive, please feel free to add your own favourites in the […]

Autism is

A question? An answer. Often argument or debate. An explanation. A reason. But not an excuse. The shared love of time contemplating a dust mote in light. Another perspective on a complex world. Finally friends found who just get it, through a lifetime of not quite there, and confused mixed messages. Passion and love and […]

Dreams and Regrets by Emily Williams, author of Rafferty Lincoln loves.

You may or may not be aware that I have an occasional series of posts on the theme of Dreams and Regrets. (If not, follow the link.) Today I’m happy to add to that series as part of the Rafferty Lincoln loves blog tour, with a guest post from author Emily Williams. Dreams… When Jax […]

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