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Published by Penguin

Imagine how we would be if we were less afraid.

This is simply gorgeous. A beautiful book, in itself, the physical book, but the contents too – what is written and so beautifully illustrated inside is just as touching, thought provoking, gentle and wonderful as it could be.

A book Charlie Mackesy suggests you can drop into – and so you can, however, I did that thing of reading it from cover to cover. Which he thinks is impressive, which is lovely. I also dipped, before I bought. I’d love to meet Charlie and will be making contact with him & / Penguin, in the hope that I’m not too late to arrange an event with him.

A book of hope, of quiet sustenance. Peace – philosophy, a proposed way of looking at things.


Every home should have a copy. I have just tried to find out how many homes there are on the Internet – just in the UK, however, it was way too complicated. I just wanted an estimate… There are lots though.

Make sure your’s has a copy. Penguin may run out.

“Sometimes.” said the horse.

“Sometimes, what?” asked the boy.

“Sometimes just getting up

and carrying on is

brave and magnificent.”

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Frankly this is her best yet. Absolutely marvellous. With the usual plans and maps to be enjoyed, this time a theatre – superb mystery with wonderful characters. A production of Romeo and Juliette with dark overtones. A must read for those who are fans of the series. For those who enjoy the theatre, this one has added flavour.

They can be read out of order – should you wish, however, in this case, perhaps it is better to be a little traditional. The list below does not include the little vignettes.

  1. Murder Most Unladylike (Blue)
  2. Arsenic for Tea (Lime Green)
  3. First Class Murder (Orange)
  4. Jolly Fowl Play (Yellow)
  5. Mistletoe and Murder (Scarlet)
  6. A Spoonful of Murder (Green)
  7. Cream Buns and Crime (Purple)
  8. Death in the Spotlight (Violet)

I am pleased to confirm that

Robin Stevens

is coming to sign this her latest and back stock of the series at

Waterstones Finchley Road O2 (NW3 6LU)

on Sunday 28th of October 2018

Come and meet Robin Stevens and have a copy of her books signed!

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Published by Penguin

Princesses and pink. Not really me. I’m not really into princesses. It started as a ‘school themed’ book – with a seasoning of princesses, to add another dimension. This, though, has been a fun diversion from my usual – I loved it. By the end, it was more than just a school story with a different flavour. A story to suspend belief – which by the end had dark tones within it. The second volume in the chronicles is out now (Princess in Practice) – so if you enjoy this little piece of literary fun, there’s the second one to enjoy!

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Published by BBC Books / Penguin Random House / Target Books

Dr Who. Iconic – brilliant and British.

Secretly, I rather hope there is a Dr out there – not necessarily to just protect us from the Daleks, Nestene Consciousness and all the other aliens out there…but also from ourselves…our politicians…

That aside I have always enjoyed watching Dr Who – especially, when small, after persuading my Dad  that it was ‘the last in the series…‘ and to come and be with us as the Daleks tried once more to take over the world. We were always safe if Dad was there…More recently I have enjoyed the new regenerations (also with Dad, though sometimes afterwards on the telephone) – starting with Christopher Eccleston… though Matt Smith was definitely not one of my favourites. He looked too young…and was obviously younger than I, which seems incongruous – however legitimate, for the Dr.

Image result for doctor who rose bookRecently ‘they’ have published a few of these more recent stories as books – and the first I read was this – Rose.

I hadn’t read a Dr Who story for a very long time and found that I loved it more than watching it on TV. Perhaps because I had seen it, but also because there seemed to be more background in the book than the programme. Then again it might have been that I just missed the detail whilst watching it.

I can highly recommend these. They are not, it has to be said ‘literature’.  They are pure fun – for those of us who enjoy Dr Who…for those of us who want a little light entertainment…to laugh out loud on the tube and to secretly hope that there is someone out there…who can whisper just six words….

My Dr? Probably Jon Pertwee – the third regeneration…


Published by Penguin

This is an adventure story set in 1749. Thomas Fielding’s father has died, and Thomas believes that he is responsible. Not directly maybe, but still responsible. When his mother receives a letter from his uncle in England giving details of how his life has improved, she suggests that Thomas travels to London to seek his fortune with him.

His journey is not an easy one. The mechanical hand his father made for him after an accident is affected by the sea spray as he sails to Plymouth. By the time he makes his way to London, he is exhausted, in pain and bewildered. The journey to his uncle’s home through London does not go as expected. The roads are treacherous, the weather appalling; snow drifting down into the front of the cab and the mayhem of London, loud and aromatic further increase his discomfort.

When his driver is shot, he finds himself riding at breakneck speed through London….chasing a carriage disappearing into the alleys and lanes…

This is Cameron McAllister’s second book – the first The Tin Snail was totally different…and set in the second world war. A glorious tale of inventiveness and bravery.

This is a brilliant rollocking adventure . Two extraordinary stories from one stable. An author to watch.

Published by Penguin

I don’t often read adult books; I spend too many hours reading those written for children and young adults.

A few years ago though I came across Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum crime novels.  I’m not sure how many there are in the series now – this though, is the first, and possibly the best – though that is uncertain.

At the beginning of the book Stephanie has just lost her job working as a lingerie buyer, and decides it is worth visiting her cousin Vinnie who runs the local bounty hunter office to ask if his job for an office worker is still available.

Under threat of exposure, (he has an interesting personal life) Vinnie agrees to take Stephanie on as his latest bounty hunter.

The books are gritty. They are certainly not for young adults (at least not from this blog), but they are also some of the funniest books I have ever read. The relationship between Stephanie, Joe Morelli (a local policeman with a history) and Ranger – an almost mystical bounty hunter already employed by Vinnie, is central to the story.

As is often the case the characters are what makes these books so wonderful (and why I’d love to own a Ranger’s T-shirt) -they are all extraordinary: Lula, initially a minor character in this the first of the books, develops into one of the pivotal people in the series – larger than life and twice as gutsy, though with the need to stop off regularly for doughnuts, and perhaps the odd handbag sale. Grandma Mazur is Stephanie’s maternal grandmother – and is quite unique amongst grandparents – willing to try anything and with a hobby of attending viewings at the local funeral parlours. Morelli and Ranger, as mentioned above, Stephanie’s parents and of course Rex. The longest living hamster I have ever come across. He is an integral part of the books. Rex doesn’t do a lot (hamsters don’t on the whole), but he has been known to bite, when necessary…

These cheer me up, when life gets difficult. They are in parts, extremely violent, but to counter that they are also extremely funny. Do read them in order – One for the MoneyTwo for the Dough, Three to get Ready…if you don’t, you won’t appreciate the characters as they develop.

They are American (set in New Jersey) and I have to admit that they are the only American books I have so far loved.

Read them – and laugh.

Published by Penguin / ISBN 9780141319117

This is a tale of friendship, a tale of prejudice and a tale of accepted beliefs, atitudes and values. It is the ending of the book that makes it so powerful.

Things are never quite as clear cut as the world would like you to believe.