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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Four Fun Children’s Books

One of the things I believe about children's books is that best of them appeal not only to the younger set, but those who are only young at heart. If you've got younger children or grandchildren and are looking for something to read to or with them, it's often difficult to sort through the thousands …

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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In my last blog I outlined the BookLife Prize for authors with unpublished/self-published books.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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Roald Dahl – A Guide To Collecting his First Editions

In my earliest years of teaching, I found myself in a local bookstore looking for something to read to my class of ten year olds.  I came across a new publication entitled ‘The Twits’ by the English author Roald Dahl.  Like many books for the young, it was possible to read right in the store …

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