Archives for the month of: August, 2019

Published by Macmillan

Not yet Published – 5 September 2019


Except for the sound in the ivy, his movements were silent. He prowled like an animated shadow. He smelt wonderful, part smoke, part caramel. His leaps looked like slow motion. When he turned his head to look at Louis, an amber power traced patterns on the nerves beneath Louis’ skin. From his very first visit he had taken ownership of Louis’ room, Louis’ bed and Louis’ mat (on which he sharpened his claws)…

Iffen banished loneliness. His arrogant sorting through the offerings on the windowsill made Louis smile. Either they vanished completely, or were flicked scornfully into the ivy. They were not enough. Lately Iffen had taken to bringing his own supplies…

I have just finished the proof of this quite extraordinary and enticing wondrous book. Really, quite one of the most evocative, brilliant pieces of writing that I have read for years

Everyone should buy copies of this – Magic. When I say magic, I mean the primeval, and dare I say it, real magic of nature – of wildness and of books – how I wish I had been brought up, just for a little while in an ivy-covered house… The power of books, of words and of course of pictures… Absolutely wonderful.

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The cover to this book, doesn’t reflect the depth, wildness and enticement of this wild, extraordinary tale. Buy it. Perhaps in years to come someone will design another more fitting. In the meanwhile, know that there is something extra to this tale – the English is wonderful – a book of real magic…


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Published by Nosy Crow

This is a lovely tale of the love between a dog and his owner.

Cosmo is a Golden Retriever, reliable and relaxed. Except when his family starts to change. It looks as though he might be parted from Max, the human he is most attached to and he begins to sense things are not well. There’s tension in the air. Raised voices at night. Things aren’t as they used to be.

Max and Cosmo enter a television contest in the hope of proving that they shouldn’t be parted, but things aren’t that easy.

Cosmo is elderly. He suffers from back ache. He has a sore paw.

Then there’s that sheep dog to contend with too. 

Carlie Sorosiak is an American author and this is set there and includes many American references.

It is a lovely tale of the love between a dog and the boy who cares so much for him.



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Published by David Fickling Books

This is written and illustrated by the phenomenal Chris Wormell. A small octavo hardback stuff-filled with wonderful illustrations.

Image result for magic place wormellIt is the story of an aunt and uncle – ‘who were about as wicked and cruel as you can get’, a grey toy rabbit with floppy ears, a clever & intelligent cat,  named Gilbert and an orphan. It is the story of an escape and a chase across the roof tops, a tale of thefts and illicit gains and is a traditional proper tale of a search for happiness and a safe home…

In case you were wondering, I LOVED it. A book to give for Christmas as a special gift for anyone who likes a story with pictures. I think there’s at least one on every page – and for those who like good stories.

A MUST buy.

I am hoping that I can persuade Chris Wormell to come and sign copies at Finchley Road O2 (Waterstones) – it is a gorgeous book… Keep an eye on the Events Page on….

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Now out of Print, originally published early 1930’s

I found this on a stall at the National Book Fair near Russell Square Hotel, last Sunday and have spent the intervening week reading it with immense pleasure, between my time at work and doing those things that are essential for sanity and comfort.

It was priced at £4 – but I paid just £2 – as everything on the stall was marked half price.

It has been a joy, not least because of the use of language, which was a pleasure – ‘No imperance,’ the sergeant replied, drawing himself up with dignity. ‘No imperance to the Law, my lad. Which I took to mean no impertinence…

The paper is thick, off white and it is regularly illustrated with wonderful pictures, black and white and full of character. The font is about 12 point and the book has good margins and a nice sized gutter too and, what is more, it has a dust jacket…

It was published by Oxford Children’s Library – I think in 1930/31 which reflects the use of language, particularly in the title which could, in these more recent years be held to be politically questionable. Darkie though is bright and intelligent and his name is given as a term of affection… The story is a proper adventure – our young hero has run away, and becomes involved with a puppet master and gypsies – out to get what they can in the way of a ransom.

Lastly this small volume has that wonderful smell that comes with old books – slightly musty…a comforting sort of smell.

It is a delight.

This post, is by way of a reminder, that one can find good reading (and books that are designed properly and beautifully) for very reasonable prices for very little – if you are willing to try something a little different, that might have a history…

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Published by Anderson

Once upon a time…

A story of tales. A story of a young girl with memories of a bear. A tale of identity. A tale of beliefs. An adventure story too – a search for family – history.

This has elements of Anderson’s last book (The House with Chicken Legs) – definitely has the same feel. A young girl begins to search for her youth, knowledge of her parents, her adoptive parents and what happened before. She is accompanied by a house weasel – as she searches for the bear that raised her. The call to the woods is too strong…

As she travels and searches she finds herself befriending and travelling with an wonderful array of creatures – a herd of different creatures  – from wolves, a young boy,  through to birds…

This is lovely – definitely one for those who enjoyed The House with Chicken Legs

Due to be published in September – one for reading as the evenings draw in.