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My love of Edward Ardizzone books

Hey Sam, I knew I had more Edward Ardizzone books. Too be honest I’m sure I have at least two more but stupid me hasn’t categorised them by illustrator. I picked up Nurse Matilda I an adorable little bookshop in…

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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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The price of publishing

In preparation for the release of Philip Pullman’s long-awaited La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One on the 19 October, I have been re-reading (should that be devouring?) the original His Dark Materials series. Aside from being awed yet again…

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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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I swore I wouldn’t buy anymore books in September! But then I saw this bargain of a boxset of 16 Michael Morpurgo books for a fiver in the charity shop… #books #bookaddict #bookaholic #bookaholicsannonymous #booksofinstagram #ihaveaproblem

I swore I wouldn’t buy anymore books in September! But then I saw this bargain of a boxset of 16 Michael Morpurgo books for a fiver in the charity shop… #books #bookaddict #bookaholic #bookaholicsannonymous #booksofinstagram #ihaveaproblem

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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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Entrapped by story

Entrapped by story

Last night I began to reread Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights. Even though this is one of my favourite books I think I’ve only read it the once, and I can remember that time like yesterday. I can remember discovering the…

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What can imaginary friends teach us?

What can imaginary friends teach us?

Imaginary Friends by Philip Pullman This is a short volume, published both in celebration of Independent booksellers, and also as a teaser of the Dæmon Voices that is to follow later this year. A collection of essays about writing, this…

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I remember “finding” #NorthernLights in a bookshop in Winchester before it was huge and falling in love with the cover and not looking back. With #TheBookofDust coming out in October it’s time for a reread… #books???? #alethiometer #philippullman

I remember “finding” #NorthernLights in a bookshop in Winchester before it was huge and falling in love with the cover and not looking back. With #TheBookofDust coming out in October it’s time for a reread… #books???? #alethiometer #philippullman

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