Review – The Year of Reading Dangerously

The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller (4th Estate) Like many parents my reading time took a hit when our boy was born ten years ago now but I remember the lack of sleep still. I still read things of course, mainly to him; The Very Hungry Caterpillar every night for four weeks, for… Continue reading Review – The Year of Reading Dangerously

Review: Ghost Wall, by Sarah Moss

Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss (Granta, 2018) Teenage Silvie is on an archeological reenactment of prehistoric times, with her mother Alison,  and father Bill, a small group of University students and their rather off hand professor (I imagine him as one who would like to appear on TV, but hasn't quite managed it...). The Berlin… Continue reading Review: Ghost Wall, by Sarah Moss

Review: Boneland, by Alan Garner

Boneland by Alan Garner (Fourth Estate) This is a mindblowing peice of writing. Boneland (in case you don't know) completes the trilogy set on Alderley Edge which began with 'The Wierdstone of Brisingamen' and continued with 'The Moon of Gomrath'. I reread both of these recently and each is quite as different from the other… Continue reading Review: Boneland, by Alan Garner

Review: The Goddess and the Thief, by Essie Fox

  The Goddess and the Thief  by Essie Fox (Orion) When I put a little reviewette of this book on Instagram I really didn't expect to hear back from the author, but I did. A thank you and "you made my day" for my photo and a very few words. Really, it was the least… Continue reading Review: The Goddess and the Thief, by Essie Fox

Ninja Book Box Un Boxed – Conspiracy By Candlelight

This is my second Ninja Book Box and I am new to the world of "un-boxing", but it sounds much better than boxing so here we go. First of all I only noticed when Bex (Ninja Bookbox Chief Ninja - that's how I think of her anyway!) mentioned it on Twitter,  that the boxes are… Continue reading Ninja Book Box Un Boxed – Conspiracy By Candlelight

Another Bookworm Writes…

When I was ten I walked into a lamp-post. You might imagine I'd see a lamp-post looming up before me, they don't move around much after all, I should have known it was there.  The thing is, I wasn’t looking at the lamp-post, I was looking at the page. I was so desperate to know… Continue reading Another Bookworm Writes…

2018 In Books : February

Spooks and cephalopods.

2018 In Books : January

Magic, memoirs and hauntings

“Tsundoku” (or the soul reaching towards infinity…?)

There are piles of books around our house, all the shelves are full. My husband built a new shelf six months ago and it was full within a week. Partly because I won a whole box of books from Bookshambles; which is about as far ranging a 'book discussion' podcast you could wish for and which has… Continue reading “Tsundoku” (or the soul reaching towards infinity…?)

Northern Gods

Sometimes I get to things late. One Christmas I found myself sitting in a room with some of my slightly younger relations, each of them was staring at a screen instead of taking part in the parlour games. I don't know what was on the screens, Candycrush? Minecraft? I'm not a big games player!  All… Continue reading Northern Gods