What Did I Read in 2022?

At the end of 2021, I decided to post a complete list of all the books I had read that year, plus two posts documenting my favourite reads of each month. People seemed to enjoy it, and I found it interesting to revisit the past 12 months, so I’m back doing it again. I thoughtContinue reading “What Did I Read in 2022?”

The Direction of the Wind – Mansi Shah

Published By: Lake UnionPages: 319Released On: 01/02/2023 Sophie Shah was six when she learned her mother, Nita, had died. For twenty-two years, she shouldered the burden of that loss. But when her father passes away, Sophie discovers a cache of hidden letters revealing a shattering truth: her mother didn’t die. She left. Nita Shah had everythingContinue reading “The Direction of the Wind – Mansi Shah”

WishYouWas – Alexandra Page

Published By: Bloomsbury ChildrenPages: 288Released On: 30/09/2021 It’s 1952 in smog-shrouded London. Christmas might be fast approaching, but with her mum away and Uncle Frank busy running the post office, Penny Black is lonelier than ever. All that changes when Penny discovers a small, fluffy, funny, springy and – most importantly – talking creature in the postContinue reading “WishYouWas – Alexandra Page”

Heading Home to Lavender Cottage – Alison Sherlock

Published By: BoldwoodPages: 320Released On: 09/01/2023 With nowhere else to go, Harriet Colgan has returned to the sleepy village of Cranfield to sell her beloved aunt and uncle’s cottage, the only place she ever called home. When she arrives at Lavender Cottage, Harriet discovers plans to replace the beautiful lavender fields, her uncle’s pride andContinue reading “Heading Home to Lavender Cottage – Alison Sherlock”

All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque

Published By: VintagePages: 224Released On: 03/01/1996Translated By: Brian Murdoch In 1914 a room full of German schoolboys, fresh-faced and idealistic, are goaded by their schoolmaster to troop off to the ‘glorious war’. With the fire and patriotism of youth they sign up. What follows is the moving story of a young ‘unknown soldier’ experiencing theContinue reading “All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque”

We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Other Festive Poems – Chosen and Illustrated by Chris Riddell

Published By: Macmillan ChildrenPages: 128Released On: 13/10/2022 A stunning, highly illustrated poetry collection containing a festive flurry of classic and modern Christmas poems chosen and illustrated by Chris Riddell.  This is the perfect Christmas selection for poetry lovers of all ages. Includes much loved traditional verse: The Night Before Christmas, The Twelve Days of Christmas,Continue reading “We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Other Festive Poems – Chosen and Illustrated by Chris Riddell”

Christmas Treats – Enid Blyton

Published By: Hodder ChildrenPages: 352Released On: 05/10/2017 Delight in the magic of Christmas with this bumper collection of short stories from the world’s best-loved storyteller! Perfect for children aged 5 and up! This hugely popular short story collection, first published in 2017, is back with a shiny new cover… Curl up with this collection ofContinue reading “Christmas Treats – Enid Blyton”

Death Comes to Marlow – Robert Thorogood

Published By: HQPages: 384Released On: 05/01/2023 It’s been an enjoyable and murder-free time for Judith, Suzie and Becks – AKA the Marlow Murder Club – since the events of last year. The most exciting thing on the horizon is the upcoming wedding of Marlow grandee, Sir Peter Bailey, to his nurse, Jenny Page. Sir Peter is having a partyContinue reading “Death Comes to Marlow – Robert Thorogood”

Once Upon a Hillside – Angela McAllister

Illustrated By: Chiara FedelePublished By: Zephyr (Head of Zeus)Pages: 224Released On: 10/11/2022 Once upon a hillside, the hedgerows were loud with sparrows and thick with blossom. Blue butterflies flitted over the anthills, lapwings danced in the big sky. And time passed…’ Beginning with a Neolithic clan, who leave an arrowhead later found by a RomanContinue reading “Once Upon a Hillside – Angela McAllister”

Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries – Heather Fawcett

Published By: Little BrownPages: 336Released On: 19/01/2023 Emily Wilde is good at many things: she is the foremost expert on the study of faeries; she is a genius scholar and a meticulous researcher who is writing the world’s first encylopaedia of faerie lore. But Emily Wilde is not good at people. So when she arrives inContinue reading “Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries – Heather Fawcett”