Archives for category: Genre: Mental Illness

Published by Walker Books / ISBN 978 1406331165 / Teenage – Adult / Not yet published: 27th August 2015

I am not certain, but I think I prefer this to The Knife of Never Letting Go (first volume of Chaos Walking – see review) – however, I think this is so different from that trilogy that I am probably comparing a kiwi with an English Cox, and so the comparrison isn’t fair.

This really is very different, not least because the stories (there are numberous stories in this book, really as many as there are characters) that you are involved in are not necessarily the main story – but then again they are.

It is an extraordinary volume and I loved it and will be texting my friend Min to tell her to read this one – I bet she hasn’t had a proof!

Filled with something that might be soul-eating ghosts, or perhaps zombies with blue lights and death, along with the everyday problems of a family, and friendship, along with those resulting from life changing opportunities and just trying to survive, each character has their own particular intrinsic worries and concerns…It really is a superb book. Enjoy it!

Oxford University Press/ 978019273673/ 9 – 12 / To be published in June 2015

Two characters from very diverse backgrounds collide from different directions only to combine their forces against adult forces that threaten something rather special. Feather is a young girl taken as a youngster to live as the daughter of a rock singer – now disheartened and
organised by everyone else. Nolan, on the other hand lives with a mother who by turns is frenzied, energetic, overly positive, bright like a star too close for comfort (with a new head of dramatic green hair) and… a heavy black depressed cloud.

It is a story of survival. Of secrets and young people trying to deal with things, in one case far too complicated and of friendship.

Not everything is perfect in life – Feather has everything she wants, apart from freedom. Nolan has everything he wants, except stability. This is brilliant new novel by a very well known and respected author. As it is due out in June I have only had a proof to read with a very early designed cover. I thought the above ‘Shadow Cat’ might be suitable, but doesn’t reflect the cover that Oxford University Press will ultimately give the book.

Published by Wayland / ISBN 9780750280532

This is a simple and powerful tale of depression that not only shows how it affects those suffering directly from it, but also about how it affects those around them. It explains what might happen and about how long positive results can take in a very clear and caring way.

The charity Sane ( promote the book on their site – Explaining to children what is happening when someone they are close to becomes mentally unwell can be a daunting task, and it can often be difficult ot know where to begin. The Colour Thief can be a beginning for families, as it is a book that not only offers context, but also opens a door for further, much-needed discussion.

Superbly illustrated by Karin Littlewood in wonderful watercolour.