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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 21: Lightmoor Book Club

I’m really proud of Lightmoor Book Club. It grew out of a conversation between three Lightmoor residents on twitter (Me, Sharon and Jake).

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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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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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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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#GB11 Literature Talks

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

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Greenbelt 2011: My Literature Picks.

If you’re coming to the festival may I be so bold as to offer a couple of literature picks for your consideration through the weekend, obviously everything on the literature programme will be interesting and inspirational but these are a … Continue reading

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“The gift of words…”

I write lots of reviews of books/DVDs on Amazon. Some of them are a bit hit and miss. Stuff I’m indifferent to gets treated with just a few words. The stuff I really love or really hate tend to get … Continue reading

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World Book Night.

(I keep reading World Book Night as World Boo Knight) On Saturday 5 March, a million books will be given away across the UK in the first ever World Book Night. I’m one of the lucky people chosen to give … Continue reading

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The 100 favourite fictional characters… as chosen by 100 literary luminaries

This is an old post from the Independent that I stumbled across this morning. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/the-100-favourite-fictional-characters-as-chosen-by-100-literary-luminaries-526971.html A couple of lovely examples stand out. God Chosen by Michael Marshall (The Lonely Dead)Polymorphic, unpredictable, unaccountable; omnipotent yet negligent, kind yet vicious. Suitable to … Continue reading

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Written elsewhere: Greenbelt Big Read

Here’s a post I wrote for the Greenbelt Blog. Go read. Link: http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/blog/2011/02/introducing-the-greenbelt-big-read-2011/

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Six months…

The End of September is finally here. It doesn’t feel that long ago I first launched the idea of not buying books for six months. The me that set off on this bizzaro quest actually feels like a different person. … Continue reading

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