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Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Shining a light on depression, what it means and how it feels to live with this debilitating mental shift is Matt Haig’s funny, touching and ultimately positive book Reasons to Stay Alive.   Continue reading “Am Reading even though it’s #TimetoTalk”

The Beano and the Great Pocket Money Renumeration Challenge

Do you know how much a copy of The Beano is these days?

£2.50!!!!

Yes, I know.

That’s £2.50! AND it’s still issued weekly! Continue reading “The Beano and the Great Pocket Money Renumeration Challenge”

Down Among the Women and Gender Equality

Sometimes you read a book and it plays on your mind, making you question accepted beliefs and existing norms, even questioning where you stand in the grand scheme of life. I have just finished reading Down Among the Women by Fay Weldon, and this has prompted some degree of careful introspection on the state of our society. Continue reading “Down Among the Women and Gender Equality”

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I have just finished reading the most remarkable book. Ever. One by Sarah Crossan is written in free verse and is simply beautiful.  Heart-breaking and yet totally up-lifting. Remarkable.

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In a nod to my Neapolitan Heritage I asked for all four of the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Farrante for Christmas last year.   Continue reading “Am Reading”

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Happy Birthday Mr Dahl! Wherever you are I imagine that you are currently having a mug of tea, a KitKat and a huge hearty chuckle at every adult that has spent the past 24 hours getting costumes of your fabulous creations together. The celebration of what would have been your 100th birthday epitomises many of your stories; children getting one over on adults.  Congratulations you have definitely had the last laugh!

Continue reading “#RoaldDahlDay”

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Whether you want to learn something, empathise with someone or just lose yourself in a novel, A Boy Made of Blocks might just be the next book you should read.

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Finally… my daughter has selected a Chris Riddell book to enjoy – and believe me there is SO much to enjoy.

Milly-Molly-Mandy

The children have been devouring books ever since the Read to Rio reading initiative was launched at school. This is definitely a good thing but in the quest to keep T supplied with something other than the *shudder, spit* “Rainbow Magic” series  I have been searching through my archive for some of my own childhood favourites. Enter the positively delightful “Milly-Molly-Mandy” by Joyce Lankester Brisley.

Continue reading “Milly-Molly-Mandy”

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