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I have some news to share with you this week.  Some of you may know that at the beginning of January, Heidi from Cosmochicklitan welcomed baby daughter number 2 into the family.  As you can imagine, with nights being days and days being night Heidi’s life has different priorities (and much less time for weekly commitments).  So I am sad to say that Heidi will no longer be co-hosting Talk of the Town.  I’m very appreciative of all that she’s done and I know you will join in with me to wish her all the best with her family.  You will see Heidi on Jera’s Jamboree sharing her Stationery Love nearer the end of the month and when she’s able, she will link up her own bookish posts.   Thank you Heidi.  It’s been brilliant collaborating with you. x

Your favourite post from last week:

 Raisie Bay’s review of The Great Espanol Word Search.  I thought this was a fun and entertaining way for children to learn a new language!

March sees Talk of the Town showcasing a rather unique novel from Black & White Publishing.

Talk of the Town

Publisher: Black and White Publishing (23 Feb. 2017)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1785300822

ISBN-13: 978-1785300820


Approaching 80, frail and alone, a remarkable man makes the journey from his sheltered home in England to Berlin to meet his granddaughter. He has six days left to live and must relate his life story before he dies…

His life has been rich and full. He has witnessed first-hand the rise of the Nazis, experienced heartrending family tragedy, fought in the German army, been interred in a POW camp in Scotland and faced violent persecution in peacetime Britain. But he has also touched many lives, fallen deeply in love, raised a family and survived triumphantly at the limits of human endurance. He carries within him an astonishing family secret that he must share before he dies…a story that will mean someone else’s salvation.

Welcome to the moving, heart-warming and uncommon life of Alfred Warner.

Talk of the TownJuliet Conlin was born in London and grew up in England and Germany. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Durham. She works as a writer and translator and lives with her husband and four children in Berlin. She writes in both English and German. Her debut novel The Fractured Man was published by Cargo in 2013. She is currently working on her third novel, Exile Shanghai, set in a Jewish ghetto in 1940’s China.

Connect with Juliet Conlin


Twitter @JulietConlin

The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days chronicles the life of a man who never chose to be different. Alfred holds a family secret that is both a burden and a blessing. In choosing to tell the story of a voice-hearer, my aim was to explore this phenomenon beyond pathology, and to defend the validity of complex human experiences that do not fit into a very narrow understanding of what it is to be ‘normal’.

– Juliet Conlin


Talk of the Town linky is sponsored by Black & White Publishing.

Talk of the TownBlack & White Publishing was founded in 1999. Since then, they’ve grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond they produce an extensive range of titles, including general non-fiction,  biography,  sport and humour,  as well as selected fiction,  young adult and children’s books.

Everyone who tweets with the hashtag #ToTT will be entered into a monthly giveaway for either a single book or a book bundle.  If you’re sharing my weekly post and can add @bwpublishing that would be fab.  The giveaway might be paperback (UK/ROI) or digital (UK/ROI/INTL).  The winner will be randomly selected using Tweetdraw and books will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing.  Make sure you use the shortened hashtag so that your tweets can be picked up and added to the random draw.

If you would like me to RT your post on Twitter, tag me (@shazjera) and I’ll share your tweet.  You may have noticed that I pin all the Talk of the Town posts on a dedicated Pinterest board too.

If you haven’t joined in before, you can check out all the details of the linky on a separate page and if you have any questions, please ask.

If you’re interested in co-hosting Talk of the Town linky, please send me an email: and I’ll let you know what happens 🙂

Have a fab week!

I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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