The Broken Bridge by Philip Pullman is a coming of age story with a difference.  Narrator Ginny is a black 16 year old living in a white world and wanting to acknowledge her heritage while still being a part of that world.  I loved it…

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Earlier this year I had the pleasure of hosting Sheryl Browne in my hot seat as she chatted to us about the first two books in the DI Matthew Adams series, After She’s Gone and Sins of the Father (for those of you who prefer…

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In a society moving towards a healthier lifestyle (where sugar free and mental wellness dominates the news and other media) and where the NHS is being proactive, our eye health is something that I think is regularly overlooked.  And yet our sight is something that…

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Have you ever clicked on something you thought you were finding out more about in an email and then realise that you’ve downloaded the novel on Netgalley?  The Kicking the Bucket List by Cathy Hopkins was an unintentional download for me but I’m so glad…

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In a world where our fitness levels are important to not only our physical wellbeing but mental/emotional wellbeing, activity trackers are very popular and becoming a must-have.  I have a very simple tracker on my phone that records steps and calories burned which suits my purpose…

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I’m delighted to be hosting Charlie Laidlaw in my hot seat today.  Charlie is chatting to us about his novel, The Things we Learn when we’re Dead, a modern fairy tale which is also a rather unique re-telling of The Wizard of Oz.  Find out…

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You may remember that in January I reviewed Merryn Allingham’s The Buttonmaker’s Daughter and I was intrigued to see how the story continued in The Secret of Summerhayes.  I wasn’t disappointed!   Paperback: 350 pages Publisher: HQ; First edition edition (27 July 2017) Language: English ISBN-10: 0008193851 ISBN-13: 978-0008193850 A war-torn…

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Since I picked up my hook again at Easter I’ve been excited (addicted!) working with yarn again on crochet projects … some from patterns, some projects freehand, some adapted from patterns.  I’m having so much fun with colour, texture and design.  Recently I realised that…

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I’m delighted to be welcoming back to the blog David Meredith.  David very kindly wrote a fabulous guest post for me last year on the timeless allure of fairytales. Today he’s in my hot seat chatting about the first book in a new trilogy, The…

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