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A creative and delightful fairytale

A creative and delightful fairytale

The Land of Green Ginger by Noel Langley, Edward Ardizzone (Ilustrator) It was the Edward Ardizzone illustrations that drew me in compulsively to this book, and they are an absolute delight – full of magic and wonder and joy. From the beginning it’s a…

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Reading about storytelling

Reading about storytelling

Dæmon Voices by Philip Pullman  I love, love, love Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, and his latest first book in the new Book of Dust series, but I have sometimes found sometimes when I’ve heard Philip talk in interviews for him to be a bit…

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Review of the book year: 2017

Review of the book year: 2017

I pledged to read 45 books this year, and ended up reading 56 books (although Thomas rules dictate that if it’s got an ISBN number it goes on the list!). I also pledged to finish writing the Mr Tumnal sequel, The Imaginary Wife…

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The enchantment of words

The enchantment of words

The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris This a spell book of words. It is a book that you have to curl up in the armchair and pour over. It is a book that you can’t just just read, but touch and…

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Magical Realism at its quietest best

Magical Realism at its quietest best

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern  From its opening lines, “The circus arrives without warning […] Opens at Nightfall / Closes at Dawn”, this book and the story within it is an enticing prospect. Circuses are magical places in any normal world. Like…

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Conclusion of a Quartet of Feline Tails

Conclusion of a Quartet of Feline Tails

Close Encounters of the Furred Kind by Tom Cox  You can’t read this book, the fourth in the quartet of Tom Cox ‘catoirs’, without feeling a poignant weight of sadness that it is nearing the end for The Bear aka @mySADcat who…

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The Conclusion of the Trilogy

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman  This is the book that concludes Philip Pullman’s epic trilogy, and it is the most complex of the three. In Northern Lights we are introduced to the recognisable but different Oxford of Lyra Belaqua’s world with a self-contained,…

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An introduction to Norse Mythology

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman I’m going to get pilloried by the Gaimanites out there, but this book falls a little flat for me. Neil Gaiman has an authoritative voice and clearly knows the stories in and out, but this I fear…

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Growing up with Facebook

Growing up with Facebook

Friend Request by Laura Marshall  The book that is, from the title on, all about Facebook this is a psychological thriller for the FriendsReunited generation. It concerns our protagonist, Louise (I am loath to say heroine as Laura Marshall deliberately paints her…

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Part-quest, part-treasure hunt that moves between the worlds

Part-quest, part-treasure hunt that moves between the worlds

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman  This is the second book in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materialstrilogy and has such it does exist in that slightly awkward middle-book-between-the-beginning-and-the-end way. It starts though, in scenes that is as vivid a beginning as it’s predecessor, Northern…

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On learning how to listen and how to feel

On learning how to listen and how to feel

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce Everyone knows the power of music to transform lives don’t they? It’s why music is so important. It’s why it’s so sad that when governments through the ages look for things to cut they cut the…

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