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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Wee Girl Reviews: Two Books For Kids

Wee Girl Reviews It’s ALREADY time for the next instalment of Wee Girl Reviews! Seems like May is a popular time for picture books, because we have two in one this time. My daughter Emmeline, aka ‘Wee Girl (2)’ is 6 years old and a tiny book blogger. In this feature on the blog, we…

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Wee Girl Reviews: London Hat Hunting Mission

Wee Girl Reviews It’s Cultural Diversity Day today! I’m doing my bit for both youth culture and diverse London by asking my daughter Emmeline, aka ‘Wee Girl (2)’, what she thinks of London Hat Hunting Mission by Winnie Mak Tselikis. Enjoy! Emmeline’s Review Here is what Emmeline thought of London Hat Hunting Mission: ‘I like…

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