A chat with author Helen Pollard

It was great to catch up with author Helen Pollard recently and ask her a few questions about her reading and writing habits. This is what she shared with me! Who was your favourite author when you were a child and why? I’m sure you’ve heard this before from writers you’ve featured (Oh yes Helen!)  – I […]

The changing face of local libraries

I am keen to save our libraries as they provide so much pleasure for readers who otherwise would not be able to afford the books and magazines readily available to devour. When I was child a library was a hallowed place, with tall bookcases from floor to ceiling and the only sound was of the […]

A chat with author Julie Stock

I have just finished reading The Vineyard in Alsace by Julie Stock so I am thrilled that Julie agreed to have a chat with me for the blog. I asked her a few questions about her reading favourites and how she goes about the writing craft, here is what she said! When I asked her Who was your favourite childhood […]

Narrators of audiobooks

I find that the narrator of an audiobook can make or break a good listen for me. The tone or pitch has to sit easy on the ears or I find it hard to swallow and end up wasting money on what might have been a good book. I have recently come across Emma Spurgeon Hussey reading […]

The Secret Child by Kerry Fisher

In the week which started with Mother’s Day in the UK I found myself listening to The Secret Child by  Kerry Fisher. If I did a ranking or rating system this would be a trip advisor 5 star or a 10/10 without doubt. Kerry has once again taken an emotive subject and weaved a tale around a […]

Empty Cradles by Margaret Humphreys

Nothing thrills me more than an enforced period of reading time. A chilly weekend away from home, without wifi and a bookcase  of paperbacks I found myself choosing Empty Cradles. A heart wrenching account of one woman’s journey uncovering the UK’s migrant scheme of the mid twentieth century. Stories of abuse both mental and physical, […]

Mother’s Day

So it’s Mother’s Day in the UK, some like to refer to it as Mothering Sunday but I believe over the years it’s become more common to call it Mother’s Day. This can be a specially poignant day for many mother’s as they are unable to buy a card and give flowers in person as […]