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Cuckoo by Sophie Draper

From the back cover: “When her stepmother dies unexpectedly, Caro returns to her childhood home in Derbyshire. Although she hadn’t seen Elizabeth in years, the remote farmhouse offers refuge from a bad relationship, and a chance to start again. But going through Elizabeth’s belongings unearths memories Caro would rather stay buried. In particular, a story her stepmother would taunt her … Read More

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

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From the back cover: “Suppose your country began to change. Suppose that without your noticing, it became dangerous for some people to live in it any longer. Suppose you found, to your surprise, that your own father was one of these people. That is what happened to Anna, in Germany in 1933. Anna is too busy with schoolwork and tobogganing … Read More

Love Potions and Other Calamities – A Review

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“Welcome to the strange world of Rosie McLeod, an amateur detective with a big difference.  Her deductive powers are based solely on the careful preparation and use of plants and herbs. Love Potions and Other Calamities is pure comedy, with a bit of drama thrown in, as Rosie sets out to discover whether her husband is having an affair and, as … Read More

Lucy Mathers Goes Back To Work – A Review

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“Lucy Mathers was once the golden girl of Simcock & Bright. Four years later, she’s a stay at home mum with two adorable children, has swapped her Louboutins for rabbit slippers and spends her day making crustless sandwiches and colour co-ordinated lunches instead of signing up high profile clients. When her husband is suddenly made redundant, there is panic in … Read More

Frankie: The Woman who Saved Millions from Thalidomide

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“Thalidomide: patented in Germany as a non-toxic cure-all for sleeplessness and morning sickness. A wonder drug with no side-effects. We know differently now. Today, thalidomide is a byword for tragedy and drug reform – a sign of what happens when things aren’t done ‘the right way’. But when it was released in the 1950s, it was the best thing since … Read More

An Interview with Alice May

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It’s always an honour to have the opportunity to hear what inspires authors, and today I have the pleasure of sharing my interview with Alice May with you. May has written an incredible trilogy of books based on her personal experience of a house that “sat down”! Hi Alice, can you tell me a little more about yourself? Hello. I … Read More

A Spooky Tale by Sue Wickstead

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“When the teacher decided to take the class out on a walk the children did not want to go … But… What could possibly go wrong? Why did the class not feel well? Read the book to find out.” What did we think? I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for A Spooky Tale! My boys loved Sue’s … Read More

Hallowed Ground – A Review

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“This magical story is inspired by the most haunting and least explored country in the world – Namibia – with its foggy Skeleton Coast, buried goldmines, shocking secrets and awe-inspiring sand dunes. Spread across the face of its deserts are hundreds of miles of ‘fairy circles’: vast enough to be seen from space.  They grow and die with the same … Read More

Charles and Ada

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The Computer’s Most Passionate Partnership   “The partnership of Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace was one that would change science forever. They were an unlikely pair – one the professor son of a banker, the other the only child of an acclaimed poet and a social-reforming mathematician – but perhaps that is why their work is so revolutionary. They were … Read More

Carved In Bone

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“A new mystery by six-time Lambda Literary award winner, Michael Nava. Set in San Francisco in 1984, Henry Rios, a gay criminal defense lawyer,  is fresh out of rehab and trying to put his life back together. He’s hired by an insurance company to investigate the apparently accidental death by carbon monoxide poisoning of Bill Ryan in the Castro Street … Read More