Book Review: Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez

Read. This. Book. Invisible Women should be compulsory reading for everyone. Regardless of profession, walk of life, man, woman, child - everyone should read it. I am not normally a big fan of non-fiction as I often find it difficult to get into but this book is SO interesting...and SO enraging. I would have considered [...]

Book Review: She Is Fierce compiled by Ana Sampson

For some people, just hearing the word ‘poetry’ is enough to make them cringe or groan or roll their eyes, perhaps recalling endless GCSE English lessons slaving over poems that seemed to be about something simple – say, a pair of brown curtains – but that your teacher insisted was actually about the poet’s regret [...]

Book Review: Exodus by Julie Bertagna

”You can betray someone with a word or an action. You can betray them with silence or inaction too. And in betraying that one person, you can betray a whole world.” Exodus, Julie Bertagna I can’t remember the first time I read this book. It was a long time ago though. I do remember being [...]

Book & Music Review: Spell Songs

A few years ago, I fell in love with The Lost Words - a stunning collection of poetry and illustrations by Rob Macfarlane and Jackie Morris celebrating the wonders of nature and preserving the words that are becoming increasingly absent from our common vernacular. With that book, I taught a class of eleven year olds what bluebells are, [...]

Book Review: I’m Not Too Bad, Thanks by Chris Hughes

I was fortunate to connect with Chris over on Twitter, somewhere in the depths of an #indieauthor thread. The premise behind his debut poetry collection, I'm Not Too Bad, Thanks, intrigued me: Chris reflects that "When someone asks how you are, whether you are on top of the world or feeling low, what’s the standard [...]

Book Review: The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

When I first listened to the audiobook of Katherine Arden's The Bear and The Nightingale two years ago, I knew this series was going to become a firm favourite. Her writing (and Kathleen Gati's fabulous narration) transported me straight into the winter of darkest Rus and I could feel Morozko’s breath on my cheek. She wove [...]

Indie Author Life: Getting The Word Out

Dear readers, I still can not describe to you the joy of knowing my work is out in the world. The thrill I get when I see the little book I put so much of myself into in the hands of others. It is a dream come true and I am so grateful for all [...]

Book Review: Lanny by Max Porter

When I read Grief Is The Thing With Feathers a few years ago, I was utterly moved by it. I couldn't compare it to anything I had read before. It was raw, emotional, poignant, thought-provoking and completely unique. So it was with great anticipation that I finally sat down to read Lanny. I was not [...]

Making Bad Times Easier: The Flatshare – Book Review

Every now and again there's a book that you pick up because it looks like something light and easy that you might enjoy but, quite unexpectedly, you fall completely in love with it. The Flatshare, by Beth O'Leary, is one of those books. From The Flatshare website: Tiffy and Leon share a flatTiffy and Leon [...]

The Disappeared – Book Review

I was especially excited for the release of The Disappeared. I have followed Amy's writing for some years, reading her awesome blog over at Ten Penny Dreams, so I was thrilled when I realised that I could support her journey to publication by pledging something towards her debut release. The Disappeared was published through Unbound: [...]