The Night Bus Hero

Wow, The Night Bus Hero is a stunning book that entertains and educates, all at the same time. This is a book that demands to be read out loud to children, or sneakingly read by the child before the reader has finished. The Night Bus Hero isn’t an easy book to read at times. The […]

Remembrance Day 2020

It’s eight years since I visited Belgium to go to the war graves. Looking back on this Remembrance Day I can still feel the emotions that I had that day walking among the graves and walls of Tyne Cott cemetery. The first thing that struck me was the vastness to the place. It seems to […]

Would you buy your own book to get it into the book charts?

Would you buy your own book to get it into the charts? I’m not sure it’s something I ever thought about before, but Mark Dawson, author of The Cleaner, has done just that. The story in the Guardian (link) prompted me to think about whether I’d do just that. Could I put my own money […]

Gargantis by Thomas Taylor

There’s a storm brewing over Eerie-on-Sea, and the fisherfolk say a monster is the cause. Someone has woken the ancient Gargantis, who sleeps in the watery caves beneath this spooky seaside town where legends have a habit of coming to life. It seems the Gargantis is looking for something: a treasure stolen from her underwater […]

Townscaper – A useful tool?

To me a book isn’t complete without a map. Narnia is tons better with the map, Middle Earth looks really inviting from the map at the beginning of the book. It used to be a trend in books to put a map to help the reader navigate themselves around a fantasy world. No self-respecting fantasy […]

Books and Films

I guess this argument has been going on as long as filmmakers used books for their productions. Which is best, films or the medium that are based, books. In a way it’s easy for us to say books. As writers and readers, that medium is the one we turn to first. Films can never be […]

Feathertide by Beth Cartwright

Rarely there comes a book that makes you go wow. When it does you want to treasure every word, savour the book, never let it end. Feathertide is that book. It’s a wonderful story accompanied by the most wonderful vocabulary that makes you feel you’re experiencing the journey of Marea. Marea is born into a […]

Q by Christina Dalcher

Ever since I read VOX, I’ve been waiting in anticipation for the next Christina Dalcher novel, Q. With a debut so strong, could the follow up live up to its former. Well the wait is over, I managed to get hold of a copy through Netgallery and leapt into it with gusto and a little […]

Wakenhyrst by Michele Paver

Michelle Paver is probably better known to millions as the writer of the amazing Wolf Brother series. She’s also making a name for herself by writing ghost stories and gothic fiction. Wakenhyrst is a historical fiction in a gothic style. We start the story with a series of letters between an author and Maud Stearne, […]

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson

Big Sky is Jackson Brodie’s fifth outing in a Kate Atkinson novel. not that I’ve read any of the previous incarnations. I must admit I was attracted by the cover and the blurb. A novel set on the east coast of Yorkshire (my favourite place) and a huge seagull on the cover… sold. It was […]