Category Archives: books

Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins

In the interest of Full Disclosure I was sent a free copy of Wolfhound Century by the publisher to read and, if I really wanted to, review. If you’d like me to read a book [and maybe even review it] … Continue reading

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In praise of reading aloud (and some tips for the fearful)

I absolutely support the call by James Patterson and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall for more parents to read to their children. My Dad read to me when I was a kid and it didn’t harm me at all. I … Continue reading

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Advent 05: Ready Player One Review

I loved Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One” when I read it this year. It’s a geek book (but remains accessible to non-geeks) and at the risk of incurring the wrath from the thing atop the place it feels somewhat like … Continue reading

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Advent 4: Book Review- The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

“The body you are wearing used to be mine.” So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must … Continue reading

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Advent 3: Book review- The Age of Miracles (with a side order of 50 shades…)

Ignore the people who will breathlessly tell you this is just another apocalyptic novel. If you approach this as another apocalyptic novel, you’ll be disappointed. If you want a good apocalyptic novel go and read the Last Policeman, I reviewed … Continue reading

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Next Book Query

Had a query from a friend about the next book(s) she should read & for once I’m stuck without a good recommendation for her. She’s worked her way through the available Game of Thrones books & has finished all the … Continue reading

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Advent 2: Book review- The Last Policeman by Ben Winters

What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. … Continue reading

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Advent 1: Book Review: Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore

In mid-November I finished reading Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store. It’s a wonderful novel for me. Puzzles, books, technology, glow in the dark dust cover, likeable narrator and a satisfying resolution. (Notice I said satisfying resolution rather than a … Continue reading

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My tips for the Manchester Literary Festival.

Patrick Gale & Catherine Hall on the 8th October. Iain M Banks on the 11th October will be a hot ticket. Richard Ford on the 12th October. Unbound Live on the 17th October. The Uruguayan Lover 18th October- This sort … Continue reading

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World Book Night or Giving The Apocalypse Away

Last year I joined in the great book giveaway & gave away copies of Toast by Nigel Slater a wonderfully visceral autobiography that’s as much about food we love as about growing up different in Wolverhampton. (I love how Nigel … Continue reading

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Benjitales- an explanation

I’m starting a new ongoing series of blog posts this month. Benjitales. On Christmas Day evening I noticed that one of the people I follow on twitter was scouting about for a challenge for 2012. I also noticed that @nicktheowl … Continue reading

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#GB11 Literature Talks

Here are all the literature talks bundled together in one place. Go buy them all.

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