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Elephants and Pink Flamingoes

Events, Writing By May 24, 2010 Tags: , , , , , 3 Comments

If the title of this post seems a bit strange to you, I think it perfectly encapsulates the type of weekend I’ve just had and, if you persevere and read on, all will become clear-er. I was in London again, thanks to my trusty steed, And it was a scorchingly hot and beautifully sunny couple of days but very much a weekend of two halves.


Even more Wasted

Authors, Books By May 23, 2010 Tags: , 1 Comment

Wasted is the latest YA novel by author Nicola Morgan, who has around 90 books published. Nicola is on a a Blog Tour during May to promote Wasted and today she’s here at The Nut Press and was generous enough to answer some questions about the book and her writing process.


Wasted by Nicola Morgan

Book reviews By May 22, 2010 Tags: , 1 Comment

Chance. Luck. Fate. Destiny. Choices. Reactions. Timing. Much like Jack’s coin, my head is still spinning days after reading Nicola Morgan’s excellent Wasted. But this is a good thing. The book throws up a lot of questions and ideas and it’s made me look at some of these with fresh perspective.


Unter deinem Stern (Flights of Angels) by Victoria Connelly

Book reviews, German books By May 17, 2010 Tags: , No Comments

I always thought one of the benefits of becoming proficient in a foreign language would be that I’d be able to read another country’s literature in the original language, rather than in translation. (In fact, if I chose the language wisely, I’d be able to read that of more than one country.) I never thought for a moment that it would enable me to read a novel set in England, originally written in English by an English author but which has, so far, only been published in translation.


OMG! I’m a teenager again!

Authors, Book reviews By May 7, 2010 Tags: , No Comments

Please see pic for Exhibit ‘A’ – Della Says: OMG! – a book that I would not normally pick up to read the blurb on the back cover, let alone buy and read cover-to-cover in one sitting. Why? We-ell, there’s shocking pink and fluorescent green on the front cover, for starters, the book title contains text speak (even though, yes, I use it myself. Guilty as charged) and it’s a book aimed at the teen market.


The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

Book reviews, Books, Movies By May 5, 2010 Tags: , , No Comments

I’m hoping that Bernhard Schlink’s thought-provoking novel The Reader doesn’t become a footnote to Kate Winslet’s Oscar success in the film adaptation. It is a book that deserves far more that the sorry footnote of simply becoming the book of the film.


Mousetrapped Monday

Authors, Book reviews By May 3, 2010 Tags: , No Comments

I don’t know about you but I’ve always wished there was a little bit more magic and some of that ever-so-helpful fairy dust in my life from time to time. But Catherine Ryan Howard had bigger dreams than this.


A bout of early Hay Festival Fever

Books, Events By May 1, 2010 Tags: , No Comments

When the brochure for this year’s Hay Festival plopped onto the doormat, I immediately settled down to spend some time going through it. Living as I do within an hour’s drive of Hay-on-Wye, the book town has a special place in this book squirrel’s heart already. But, for one magical week of the year, it becomes everything that I enjoy…

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