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Is Book Collecting Just for Freaks?

  2.   Young Adult
  3. Sunday, 05 July 2020
Rick Gekoski is an American book collector who now lives in the UK. To be precise, he makes a living by collecting rare books and selling them on at a considerable profit. He is also a writer of some repute, an academic and former university lecturer (and the ex-husband of a therapist I consulted br...

The tale of Charlotte’s slippers

  2.   Young Adult
  3. Wednesday, 01 July 2020
In 1848 Charlotte Bronte, the author of Jane Eyre,  travelled to Scarborough, a seaside town on the north east coast of England, to look after her younger sister Anne who was very ill with tuberculosis. After her sister’s death she returned to her home in the parsonage at Howarth, leaving instructio...

Beat the Beatific Beatnik.

  2.   Young Adult
  3. Sunday, 28 June 2020
The word beat has been getting quite a bit of use recently, what with the British Prime Minister announcing ‘world beating’ this …, and getting that pesky virus ‘beat.’ It hasn’t had such an airing since the late 1950s when Jack Kerouac epitomised the beat generation in his novel On The Road. So muc...

Parts of Speech – a reminder.

  2.   Young Adult
  3. Wednesday, 24 June 2020
A poem is doing the rounds on social media at the moment about parts of speech. Perhaps it is because so many parents and children have been ‘home schooling’ (or trying to) over the past few months. It is certainly a useful reminder of those English lessons about grammar those of us of a certain age...

The Power of Reviews

  2.   Young Adult
  3. Sunday, 21 June 2020
I have read quite a lot about book reviews in various social media groups over the years. One theme has been that even bad reviews can help sell your book. (I believe that JK Rowling has more one star reviews than any other writer, and they don’t seem to have held her sales back! Mind, she’s probabl...

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