The Nothing Girl

The Nothing Girl by Jodi Taylor, Accent Press/Headline 2014 - What a wonderful book.  There’s Jenny, an orphan taken in by her aunt and uncle, despite her debilitating stammer and her ‘other problem’.   Then there’s Thomas, the large golden horse that only Jenny can see or hear.  Jenny needs someone to watch out for her, …

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The House in the Cerulean Sea

The House in the Cerulean Sea published by Tor books in 2020. Each year my DDD (dearest darling daughter) sends me a book.  I look forward to this ritual as it gives me something to read that I would never have found on my own.  It’s not that our tastes are a perfect match – …

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Isabel Allende’s ‘A Long Petal of the Sea’

Isabel Allende – ‘A Long Petal of the Sea’, Ballantine Books, 2020 The first Allende book I read was ‘Daughter of Fortune’ and it left me with great admiration of the South American born author.  After reading the ‘Daughter’ I followed up with its sequel ‘Portrait in Sepia’ and then went on to read ‘Island …

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Collecting Roald Dahl – Pictures Pt. 2

If you avoided the last blog, this is yet another you should skip. I'm continuing with pictures of magazine covers where the first publications of Dahl's articles or short stories are to be found/collected. This is actually proving to be more difficult that I first imagined. I discovered that a number of my photos, taken …

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A Book Contest, Prizes and Reviews – Part Two

In my last blog I outlined the BookLife Prize for authors with unpublished/self-published books.  If you need the criteria for the contest, it’s in my last blog, where I mentioned entering all three of my novels for evaluation: ‘The Odin Incident’, ‘Punto’ and ‘Punto and Me’ (all these novels have excerpts in earlier blogs if …

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A Book Contest, Prizes and Reviews – Part One

Some of you will no doubt have encountered Publishers’ Weekly (PW), a company that devotes itself to the book publishing industry.  If you’re a collector of first edition modern literature, you may have checked out their list of ‘Best selling books in America’, or the ‘Best selling children’s books in America’ that tracks sales of …

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