BOOK VERSUS FILM – All Aboard! The Girl On The Train

BOOK VERSUS FILM – All Aboard! The Girl On The Train

Every so often a book comes along that proves pop culture isn’t confined to Netflix, superheroes, or Kardashians. It’s normally a debut novel, usually a thriller, and naturally a lure for any Hollywood studio keen to board the gravy train. In 2015, that book even had train in the title, and keeping up with this…

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Top 10 Authentic YA Reads You Cannot Miss

Top 10 Authentic YA Reads You Cannot Miss

All About YA … Sex, assault, cutting, eating disorders, pregnancy, race, murder, death … There are so many issues in the world that it’s confusing for adults, never mind young people! This is why I am SO passionate about contemporary YA Fiction and why I have rounded up some of my favourites below. Enjoy! 1) Just…

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BOOK VERSUS FILM: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Showdown

BOOK VERSUS FILM: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Showdown

I watched the old BBC version with Sir Alec Guinness in my childhood. Soon after I had my first experience with Eastern Germany, en route to West Berlin. Luckily Le Carré had prepared me for terror and intimidation! Still, it terrified me and intensified my respect for Le Carré (the pen name of Bernard Cornwell)….

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10 Ways To Organise Your Book Collection

The way you organise your book collection can make all the difference in finding your favourite classics with ease. How you organise your books will depend on your style and the way you want it to look visually. If you’re a creative decorator, you may want to stack vertically or incorporate fun elements, like plants…

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CRIMINALLY GOOD: interview with author Linda Huber

1) So, who are you & what have you written? I’m a physiotherapist turned English teacher turned writer. Crime fiction wasn’t where my writing career started, though. The first fifty-odd times I saw my name in print, it was attached to a romantic short story in a magazine. I don’t know why it took me…

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All About Cover Art – Which Is Your Favourite?

All About Cover Art Have you ever decided to read a book simply because you liked the artwork on the cover? There’s a reason why! Cover art designers work tirelessly to create an attention-grabbing, marketable look that draws a reader to it. It may even be created BEFORE the book has been written. That’s how…

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Why Diversity Matters In 21st Century Writing

Why Diversity Matters In 21st Century Writing

  Keynote Speech I was invited to give the keynote speech at the City Lit Festival of Writing last weekend – wow! I was honoured to open the festival, especially as diversity is a subject very close to my heart. As far as I am concerned, diversity simply means ‘variety’ and who doesn’t want more…

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Wee Girl Reviews: Eric The Spider

Wee Girl Reviews I think this feature has become the one of the most popular on this blog – Wee Girl Reviews! Plus we’ve been sent a LOT of picture books lately, which is great for us as we love them. For those of you who don’t know, my daughter Emmeline, aka ‘Wee Girl (2)’…

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