Archives for category: 2018 September

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Published by Pushkin.

27th September 2018

I don’t know what it is about Pushkin Press, but they seem to publish the most charming and interesting volumes. This reminds me physically, of my favourite of their books, Meet at the Ark at Eight (Hub), also a slight wonderful volume. If you haven’t read it yet, go out and buy it and read it now. At least get a copy ordered. It won’t take long.

Neither will this slim little volume. Illustrated beautifully by the author, it tells the tale of Tabetha, a mudlark in Londra, who works around the river Themse, and is asked to find a glass, which is of sentimental value, no more. Or so the gentleman insists…

This should be tucked into everyone’s stocking. At just 91 printed pages it is slim, but wonderful. A winter tale to read by a fire on Christmas day. It should become a tradition. Pushkin have bound it – so its a little bulkier than ‘Meet’ and so slightly more expensive (£9.99), it is, however, worth every penny.

I did contact Pushkin and they have promised that if Cornelia should decide to visit the UK – they will get in touch. An author I’d love to have visit Finchley Road O2 – if only so I can tell her directly how much I love her books.

Interestingly both Ulrich Hub and Cornelia Funke are both German. I have some (not a lot) of German ancestry. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy these so much. Maybe its in my blood. Either way. Both should be bought and read over Christmas…

Go out and buy them.

 

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Published by Harper Collins.

‘…do you ever feel like you read books, like more than other people?’

I have just spent the day just lying in the garden and reading this small proof.

Its brilliant.

Harper Collins should sell it along side copies of Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll) and The Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett).

Perhaps in a slip case.

Should you follow my advice and buy and read a copy of Pages and Co, the reason for this suggestion will be obvious.

It isn’t necessary for the reader to have read them, but you may enjoy Pages and Co a little more if you understand the references, and know about the characters. To those and quite a few other books too. If you haven’t read them – not to worry, you really don’t need to, but may find when you have finished Pages and Co, that you will want to…

This is a book of books, if ever there was one.

I always knew that libraries and in particular bookshops, were important, slightly magical places. I’m a member of the British Library and am now aware of the British Underlibrary as well and would be honoured to be a member of that too, and would love to work there. I have worked in bookshops for about 25 years all in – so I know about how magical they can be. Perhaps my experience would assist in my application….

This is stupendous. A celebration, if you would, of good writing,  good stories – simply marvellous. As I said, its a magical book of books.

Buy it when it comes out in September (2018) – you may find that it is available before publication – so its worth placing your orders…now. Place them with us at Waterstones Finchley Road O2, there’s just a chance we may have Anna James for an event – so signed copies may be available. Certainly worth the time and trouble.

I owe Amabel for this – she brought the book back from a Harper Collins Publisher’s ‘do’ this week, as she thought it was ‘for me.’ How right she was/is.

3rd August – NB:

My dad, has just mentioned that the illustration above, isn’t one of the proof I read. It has not title on the ‘boards’. He said I must change the picture. Instead, I thought I would leave it – it has such similarity, that I don’t think it matters.

My father is a perfectionist. Which means that leaving this as it was would not do. Sadly so am I, but in the interests of being ‘Sue’ – there is this warning. The picture above will not be the same as that you will find on the book, when you receive your copy!

 

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Published by Bloomsbury

I seem to read more 5-8 & 9-12 titles than Teen. Young adults seem to know what they want, without any input from me. Once in a while, though, I stray from normality and find little gems like this one.

Virginia is not a svelte, slim, fashionista – she is a little on the large size. I can relate to that. Its not that she hasn’t tried, but she’s beginning to see herself as curvaceous, rather than fat, that is on the good days. She does believe in one thing though, that the opportunity to have a relationship with a boy shouldn’t rely on whether you are slim, big breasted with long blonde hair. Never-the-less at the start of this funny and moving book, she has been going out, officially with Froggy Welsh (fantastic name) for some five or so months… Sadly though, she has come to realise that she has ‘fallen out of like‘ with him – particularly since she last made out with him in Central Park…

‘…a few blocks from school, I had this weird feeling that I was kissing a golden retriever. This was new. Not the kissing part, because we’ve done a lot of that. But the new sensation was that his tongue felt slobbery and long, like it was trying to retrieve a dog treat from behind my molars.’

Which is never a good sign.

Life is complicated enough without that.

Then there is Virginia’s brother. Byron – a perfect brother, until ‘the ordeal’ when everything changed, for everyone.

Life becomes a turmoil of emotions, and Virginia is relieved to find someone who also doesn’t want to talk about families. Someone who is special, who seems to care, but doesn’t want to know about her family, if she doesn’t want to talk about it, and is happy not to talk about his…

This is the sequel to The Earth, My Butt and other Big Round Things. Sometimes publishers send out sequels, without the first book. Which can be irritating if you are unaware, (I don’t read the blurb with proofs), especially if the sequel assumes knowledge you don’t have (having never read the initial volume) – it didn’t matter with this one.

You can read it as a ‘stand alone’ – if you wish. If it means anything, you should know, though, that I intend to order a copy of The Earth (if it isn’t in stock) even though I will be reading them in the wrong order. I suspect The Earth will be as good as The Universe – at least I hope so. Either way – buy this (and The Earth) and sit in a shady part of a garden or park, with some juice and something to nibble and just enjoy them.