Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick

Saint Death is a gloriously angry book. It rages against the corporate machine, against the relentless, intolerable struggle for equality and justice. It highlights the plight of migrants and refugees and it cries at a world that forces their hand. It is a brilliant, brilliant thing. 'Anapra is one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the... Continue Reading →

Who Runs the World?

I love books for the way they can drop a question into your mind, light a spark and leave you to examine it. Who Runs the World? by Virginia Bergin (Macmillan) is a book that does just that. It's a book that makes you think and, above all, question. What would it be like? What would I do? What... Continue Reading →

Flight of a Starling

You know when a book looks into your soul and says 'I know you'? Flight of a Starling by Lisa Heathfield (Electric Monkey) got me like that. 'Rita and Lo, sisters and best friends, have spent their lives on the wing - flying through the air in their trapeze act, never staying in one place for... Continue Reading →

We Come Apart

There are some authors whom you cherish. Their words bring you to life. Their books are stroked and collected in different editions. A new book's publishing date is scribbled on your calendar and you inhale it when it arrives. There are so many authors whose work sends me a bit giddy like that and Sarah Crossan... Continue Reading →

The Smell of Other People’s Houses

Sometimes a title just calls at you. The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (Faber and Faber) is an evocative title that immediately had me reminiscing and stitching together memories of childhood. And that is how this beautiful YA debut felt to read; like stitching together stories and dreams. It tells four intertwining coming-of-age... Continue Reading →

Seed by Lisa Heathfield – YA 

   'Seed loves you. Seed will never let you go. Fifteen-year-old Pearl has lived her whole life protected within the small community at Seed, where they worship Nature and idolise their leader, Papa S. When some outsiders arrive, everything changes. Pearl experiences feelings that she never knew existed and begins to realise that there is... Continue Reading →

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