Interview with Marian Dillon

Writing is a way of life for Marian Dillon, author of Looking for Alex and The Lies Between Us. After publishing several stories for children and young adults, she completed an MA in Creative Writing and joined a writer’s group. Her first adult novel Looking for Alex was published in 2013 […]

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The Lies Between Us

The struggles of growing up, between mothers and teenage daughters, is excellently portrayed in Marian Dillon’s second adult novel The Lies Between Us. As with Looking for Alex, it takes the format of two parallel stories using flashbacks to let the past (from 1963, with mother Kathleen) catch up with […]

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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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Looking for Alex

Sheffield, 1970s. Two seventeen-year-old girls, Beth and Alex are the best of friends. They’re inseparable, until one day Alex goes missing without a trace. Beth is shocked: where did Alex go? Determined to track her down and knowing that Alex must have had her reasons, Beth refuses to help the police. When Beth discovers that Alex has travelled to London […]

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The Long Staff

Clare Wilson’s debut novel The Long Staff is the first book in the Staff Wielder series about the adventures of thirteen-year-old Tom MacKay. Published by Olida Publishing as children’s fiction with a Scottish flavour, it is a magical adventure book touching upon Scotland’s oral and written storytelling heritage. While visiting […]

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The Reborn

After attending Lin Anderson’s book launch of The Reborn, I was excited to read her seventh crime novel featuring Rhona MacLeod, a forensic scientist based in Glasgow. Anderson promised a fast-paced story full of elaborate forensic detail and certainly did not fail to deliver a cracking read. The Reborn will […]

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The Immaculate Heart

Andrew Raymond Drennan’s outstanding thought-provoking second novel follows the story of teenage girl Maggie, who lives on a drug-blighted council estate. She finds a friend in Bertrand, an elderly man who lost his childhood love in the war. When Maggie’s sister is run over and killed by a car, her […]

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Heartstone

C. J. Sansom’s continued success of the Shardlake series is undeniably linked to his flawless ability to describe medieval London and its streets, smells and atmosphere in great detail, through the eyes of non-conformist Serjant Shardlake. Heartstone is the fifth novel in the series in which the good-natured hunchback lawyer […]

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Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission

Janis MacKay’s second Magnus Fin book for five to eight-year-olds is just as imaginative, but more fast-paced than its predecessor Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest, for which MacKay won the Kelpies Prize 2009. When Fin discovers that his initials have been scratched onto a big rock in the sea, […]

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The Long Song

The Long Song is a vibrant, fictitious ‘autobiographical’ novel that visits the darkest corners of the slave trade in Jamaica with a bagful of wit and wry humour. July, the story’s main narrator, describes the ridiculous habits and brutalities of the colonial invaders at Amity, while telling her own life […]