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 [...]

Watch.Read.Listen.Love. – Winter Edition

Back in September I posted a round up of some things I'd been enjoying over the summer in what was intended to be the first on a series called Watch.Read.Listen.Love... and then I completely failed to do the second in the series over the autumn. I'm going to go ahead and let myself off the [...]

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: [...]

The Paradox Of Modern Life: Notes On A Nervous Planet – Book Review

This book review was originally written for ECBC Manchester's book club and can be read on their website here. You know those days when the world seems to be running on high speed around you: the days when your mind is abuzz with all the should and musts and the endless to-dos and you can’t [...]