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A good book, a pot of tea and some dark chocolate. Heaven! Thank you for joining my world of magical mysteries and exciting adventures. Bring your own refreshments and I’ll provide the rest.

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BBC Berkshire Book Club

I am always delighted to be a guest on BBC Berkshire's Book Club. I can't always review children's fiction, but whenever I read something special I try to do so.  

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The Parisian

I was lucky enough to attend the launch of Isabella Hammad's extraordinary debut novel The Parisian last night.  

BBC Berkshire

Looking forward to The Book Club with the fabulous Bill Buckley on BBCBerkshire, 2pm Tuesday 19th March when I will be discussing these three beauties... 

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Fantastic Fiction

Apologies the site wasn't updated last month. I've had my head down with editing, and I've been on a wonderful writing course I want to tell you about.  

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Welcome Lucy Strange

I am a bit overexcited today to be welcoming Lucy Strange, author of The Secret of Nightingale Wood, to the site. I read The Secret of Nightingale Wood (find it on The Bookshelf) in one sitting, lying in bed with flu over Christmas last year. Never have I been so happy to be ill! The story transported me back to childhood and into the most wonderful magical tale.   

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WIN! WIN! WIN!

I'm excited to bring you two competitions courtesy of Lexi Rees, author of Eternal Seas reviewed this week on the Bookshelf.  Lexi is offering Amazon vouchers and the exciting opportunity to see your illustrations published in her next book. Both competitions are easy to enter.  

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A Word With Jasbinder Bilan

To celebrate world book day I have an extra special guest and am thrilled to welcome the lovely Jasbinder Bilan, the 2017 winner of the prestigious Times Chicken House Prize. 

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A Word With Lisa Thompson

I am delighted to welcome the bestselling author of The Goldfish BoyThe Light Jar and the newly launched (but not yet reviewed - I will I promise) The Day I Was Erased. Lisa joined me on the site last summer, but since she has a lovely new book out I thought I'd run her interview again while I get on with reading her latest novel!  

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A word with ...

What a treat to have the wonderful Eloise Williams, author of the fabulously spooky new novel Seaglass and before that Gaslight, one of my favourite books last year. Check out The Bookshelf for reviews of both books and listen carefully to Eloise's wise words below, she is a hugely gifted author and her advice to young writers is second to none, and explains a lot about why her own writing is so beautiful.   

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A Word With ...

I am over the moon to welcome Mel Darbon to the site this morning. Mel is the super talented author of August's Book Of The Month, Rosie Loves Jack. You have probably heard about Mel's wonderful debut but if you've somehow missed the hullabaloo surrounding its publication, check out my review on The Bookshelf. It's currently my #1 contender for Book Of The Year  

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A Word With ...

A huge welcome to today's guest, Laura Sheldon, a school teacher by day and an author by night. We're grateful that she had time to squeeze in our questions before marking!  

May I ask a quick favour? If you visit my site and enjoy the content, please could you pop over to Facebook (scroll up for the link) and "like" my page? I know it's a bore, but it makes all the difference. 


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The Boy At The Back of The Class

There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it. 

 

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A Pinch of Magic

Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse.

Three magical objects with the power to change their fate.

Will they be enough to break the curse?

Or will they lead the sisters even deeper into danger? ...

My Thoughts 

"The moon illuminated the yew tree's ghoulish profiles turning them into grim reapers that watched over us as we rowed."

~The Witches' Punchbowl