The Short Knife

With its plot twist worthy of George RR Martin, Desi Tsvetkova enjoys this children’s novel set during Britain’s shift of power from Celtic Roman to Anglo-Saxon

PUBLISHED ON: 16/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Elen Caldecott is an author with an arsenal of children’s books to her name, though she has also worked in a variety of different fields, including ar …

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Lost

Desi Tsvetkova enjoys an Indian-set young adult novel about being ripped from privilege and shaking off the conditioning of a luxurious life

PUBLISHED ON: 02/03/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

After the critical success of her award-winning debut novel, Boy 87, Ele Fountain returns with yet another heart-wrenching, yet eye-opening young adul …

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The Actaeon Tide by Tom Anderson

Chris Moss

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Travel writer Tom Anderson’s debut novel is a skilled and original supernatural whodunit crossed with horror story and gritty portrayal of suburban Wa …

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Crushed

Dafydd Harvey considers the merits and pitfalls of writing commercial fiction for a publisher with a literary reputation, as well as issues of padding and innovation within the novel

PUBLISHED ON: 29/01/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Kate Hamer’s Crushed is the story of three young girls studying at sixth-form. Phoebe, the bad girl, the troubled ‘pixie’, believes she is capable, th …

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The Girl Before You

Chris Moss

PUBLISHED ON: 26/06/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

It’s the late Nineties at the campus university of a fictitious town in northern England. Kat fancies Richard who fancies Ruth who is seduced by Georg …

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Bookclub Podcast: The Red Abbey Chronicles

Bookclub Podcast: The Red Abbey Chronicles series for young adults

PUBLISHED ON: 28/02/18

CATEGORY: Podcast

Bookclub Podcast: The Red Abbey Chronicles series for young adults. (Maresi & Naondel) by Maria Turtschaninoff, published by Pushkin. Research, sc …

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Roald Dahl: Wales of the Unexpected

Roald Dahl spent the first nine years of his life in Llandaf, Cardiff. Despite this, Wales has been slow to identify the ‘Welsh Dahl’. This book rectifies that with a sparkling variety of inventive and productive approaches to the great author in his centenary year, including psychogeographical and psychanalytical, writes Liz Jones

PUBLISHED ON: 01/08/17

CATEGORY: Reviews

Roald Dahl is one of those rare writers whose name and work is instantly recognisable; his oeuvre(and his children’s fiction in particular) has sold o …

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The Trees Won’t Tell

Cherish D Smith

PUBLISHED ON: 31/07/17

CATEGORY: Fiction, novella extract

‘You quit followin’ me, Erroll Harris!’ I call over my shoulder, clutching my books to my chest. The girls told me over lunch, fellas like a chase and …

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A Love Letter to Wales

To celebrate the publication of Hayley Long’s Aberystwyth-set young adult novel, The Nearest Faraway Place, the multiple Costa prize shortlisted author explains why the town has such a hold on her

PUBLISHED ON: 31/07/17

CATEGORY: Author process

The Nearest Faraway Place is a story about grief. Super massive grief. The type that takes hold of the heart and the brain and freezes them both. But …

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The Boy Who Drew the Future

Fiona Orbell

PUBLISHED ON: 01/04/16

CATEGORY: Reviews

This haunting Young Adult book is a complex and moving novel that would appeal to children aged eleven and up. The story consists of two interwoven na …

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