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An important story which needs to be told - My review of 'Asking for It' by Louise O'Neill

Asking For It. Louise O’Neill. Quercus. September 2015.

It’s the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O’Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident.

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Review of The Watchers by Neil Spring

When Spring’s debut novel – The Ghost Hunters – was released in 2013, I interviewed him and asked when his interest in the paranormal and unexplained began, below is his answer. 398 more words

Book Review

A is for Acorn

Believe it or not it’s acorn collecting time again

Collecting as many as we can for restoration projects

Drought has seriously hampered acorn production in California… 271 more words

Native Plants

New paper published - Volatile organic compound emissions and photosynthetic parameters of Quercus rubra under temperature stresses

Cooperation between our lab and the former member of our lab, Lucian Copolovici, continues. Another little paper with Astrid and Ülo as co-authors has been published in a rather obscure Romanian journal. 204 more words


[ARC] The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths

La ragazza a zig-zag è un trucco da illusionisti: una ragazza entra in un armadio in cui il mago inserisce delle lame, tagliando la ragazza in tre pezzi, e poi, et voilà, basta ricomporla e farla uscire indenne. 439 more words


One for the future

I have several oak saplings growing in either flower pots or in the ground.  These have sentimental value as they were gathered from my grandparents garden in England a few years ago.  102 more words

Oak Bonsia Material

Asking For It by Louise O’Neill - a review

I haven’t read O’Neill’s first book and knew very little about this one before I started it, just a few key details and the sledgehammer title. 1,321 more words