EBacc-wards

This is my personal opinion-not that of LeedsBookClub. Sometimes you just need to get a rant off your chest! In a world where a one in five adults cannot find a plumber in a phone book, teaching the elite to remember is not the way to raise standards. The proposed reforms to the Key Stage … Continue reading EBacc-wards

The Mystery of Mercy Close Review

As anyone who knows me will tell you, I love Marian Keyes. I've been reading her since my early teens, and her mix of brash humour and unfailingly honest outlook has always worked for me. Whether or not you like the whole 'chick-lit' thing, you can't deny she's had a massive influence as a writer, … Continue reading The Mystery of Mercy Close Review

Mount TBR 11# Iris and Ruby by Rosie Thomas

I discovered two things last week. One was Reeces Pieces, which are delicious, and available in milkshake form. The other Was Rosie Thomas, who isn't, but is just as tasty. I have no idea where I acquired Iris and Ruby from, but it is definitely second hand and doesn't has a price in the front … Continue reading Mount TBR 11# Iris and Ruby by Rosie Thomas

The Ryedale Book Festival

I love love love lit fests of all kinds, and in Yorkshire we are blessed to have some cracking ones right on our doorstep. The last couple of years have seen me travel to Morley, Ilkley, my home town of Scarborough, and round the corner to Headingley in search of a good outing about books, … Continue reading The Ryedale Book Festival

Nina Bawden

I was bought a big thick three-in-one Nina Bawden collection by my Uncle Allan for Christmas when I was about seven. Carrie's War, the first in the set and Nina Bawden's most famous book, was about a young girl and her needy younger brother being evacuated into Wales during the Second World War. It was also about … Continue reading Nina Bawden

What I Read On My Holidays Part 8- This Holey Life by Sophie Duffy

This year, I went on a beach holiday. I proper, full blown, Brits Abroad beach holdiay. When I put a call out for holiday reading on Twitter I was chuffed to bits by the response, thank you for all the lovely books sent, although this means my TBR pile ain't going down any faster! Legend Press … Continue reading What I Read On My Holidays Part 8- This Holey Life by Sophie Duffy

What I read during my holiday Part 7- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

I have been lusting after this book ever since I first saw it as part of the Orange longlist, then shortlist, then winner this year. I cannot believe now that I would have actually read this book otherwise this year, no one has mentioned it on Twitter, and no one has recommended it to me … Continue reading What I read during my holiday Part 7- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

What I Read During My Holidays Part 6- State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Mostly due to incredible laziness (and a bit to do with something else that I'm already getting teased enough about...) I only managed to read a couple of books in the whole 10 days I had off owing to Holidaygeddon with no money last week. State of Wonder has been staring at me ever since … Continue reading What I Read During My Holidays Part 6- State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

The Terrifying World of Children’s Fiction.

GP Taylor, Cloughton's Famous Son, has been blathering on the radio creating mounds of self publicity drumming up awareness of the horror that is children's fiction. It Has Gone Too Far, he says, There Is No Innocence Any More. The Children, it would seem, Are Not Being Thought Of. This from a man whose books, … Continue reading The Terrifying World of Children’s Fiction.

Mount TBR 9# Virgin Widow by Anne O’Brien

Anne O'Brien started off writing Harlequin historical romance books set in Regency England, and graduated to 'big' books based on historical characters in 2010. This, her first 'big' offering, was recommended to me by a mature student who loves historical fiction as much as I do, so much so I bought it first hand in a … Continue reading Mount TBR 9# Virgin Widow by Anne O’Brien