Spilling the beans – Clarissa Dickson Wright

What a rip roaring life Clarissa Dickson Wright enjoyed….perhaps enjoyed is not the right word to use as there were some really deep dark times but none the less her account of those times is as rich as her recipes that she and her cooking partner Jennifer Patterson concocted as they explored the UK on […]

We Other by Sue Bentley

Never have I read anything that screams out film me film me like Sue Bentley‘s We Other – a tale of superb and exquisite fantasy. Sue’s narrative is detailed from the very first page where it took me straight to the forest where I could clearly see Robin Morgan stumbling off the beaten track “Mist wreathed the ground […]

A chat with author Jane Dunning

Thank you to Jane Dunning for agreeing to feature on my blog –  here are a few reading and writing secrets which she shared with me. I asked Who was your favourite childhood author or book and why were they a favourite? ……and wasn’t surprised at all to find yet another Enid Blyton fan! I absolutely loved […]

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 […]