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The Best Thing I Read in 2014

The best book I read in 2014 was Robin Jarvis’ Fighting Pax, the conclusion to his surprisingly awesome Dancing Jax trilogy. I’m fuzzy on the finer details since I finished it in August. 750 more words

Tom Fobble's Day by Alan Garner

Tom Fobble’s Day is the last part in a quartet of books inspired by Alan Garner’s working class family, who lived at Alderley Edge, a hill of Arthurian legend in Cheshire. 472 more words

Advent Calendar

'Time Present and Time Past': Winter Reading for St. Lucy's Day

In this post, I’m putting together some winter reading recommendations. A lot of these are either children’s books, or about children’s books – which I suspect isn’t coincidental. 1,474 more words

Brisingamen and Gomrath...

You may see the title of this post and your mind might jump right back to being a teenager and reading books by Alan Garner; his books are a curious mixture of myth and legend woven into the present, continual cycles of past events repeating themselves in the present and no doubt will do again in the future. 390 more words


The Owl Service

(Alan Garner, Collins, 1967, jacket design by Kenneth Farnhill)

After being excommunicated by their national representative body amidst allegations of witchcraft, the Chapelkill order of the Girl Guides will relaunch as an independent organisation on the winter solstice. 67 more words


Underappreciated Stories

Sometimes, the flood of books surrounding us, as readers, can seem overwhelming. With the internet allowing anyone who wishes to self-publish, as well as the traditional publishing industry which, though under pressure, is still chugging away, and the sheer amount of books… 1,239 more words


It’s Halloween!

What are some of your favourite spooky books? Let me know!

Here are some I have thought of…

Neil Gaiman ( could be a lot really !) but how about… 2,679 more words

Childrens Books