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The Pricklebottoms

Mary Ann Wood’s debut book The Pricklebottoms is comprised of four short (and I mean short!) stories centred on a family of five anthropomorphic hedgehogs, parents with three children, living in a forest community made up of a variety of traditional woodland creatures. A classic, well-established setting for a children’s tale. […]

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The Million Dollar Blog

When asked as a kid what I wanted to be when I grew up, I usually answered that I wanted to be a writer. This response was usually met with some surprise, because answers like ‘teacher’ or ‘police officer’ obviously were far more common. Nowadays, lots of young people want […]

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Victoria: A Life

Over the years, A.N. Wilson has become renowned for his studied portraits of Victorian history. Now he has finally come around to attempt the impressive endeavour of chronicling the long and full life of Queen Victoria. The resultant biography succeeds in making an excellent first impression. To the book’s strength, […]

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The Storyteller

Behind every great book is a good editor. This statement is not meant to dis any authors, but to illustrate that writers – especially those at the beginning of their writing career – greatly benefit from the help of a professional who not only checks for typos and grammar, but is […]

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Mad or Bad: Crime and Insanity in Victorian Britain

In the 19th century there was a growing awareness and scientific interest in the human mind. These first steps into what later would be called ‘psychology’ also changed the way people – judges, politicians and the general public – viewed criminal cases involving madness. This is what David J. Vaughan’s book Mad […]

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The Wander Society

Do you ever get the feeling that there should be more to life? That what’s expected of you is in no way connected with who you are? That our connectivity – as we increasingly relate to each other’s lives through television, social media and video chat – tends to leave […]

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Why The Dutch Are Different

Any tourist who has spent any time at all in Amsterdam, perusing one of the mandatory souvenir shops, will undoubtedly have stumbled upon many a T-shirt with the tagline “And as finishing touch, God created the Dutch.” I’ve always been undecided on whether this statement should be taken as delightfully […]

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Belgravia

Ever heard that story about that one family who saw themselves rudely robbed of their joy and hopes for the continuation of their noble line after a single accident that made global headlines? The kind of story that would be related to you through the eyes of the family and […]

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The Book of Legendary Lands

Magical journeys through strange and bewildering lands beyond the sight of the modern world of reason and reality have always held a strong fascination for me; one that science has never been able to fully replace. So when I noticed this hefty tome by the great Italian author Umberto Eco, […]

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Moranifesto

I think we can all safely agree that 2016 has been a tumultuous year and that it will be a long time before we recover from all of the heartache, shock, stress and confusion. Reading Caitlin Moran’s Moranifesto when the year has, painfully slowly, drawn to a close proves a […]