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    Blog Tour Review: The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein

    Summary:
    Windyedge Airfield, Scotland. World War II. Louisa Adair, newly orphaned and shunned for
    her mixed-race heritage, has come here to the edge of the world to look after an old lady with a dark past. Jamie Beaufort-Stuart is a flight
    lieutenant whose squadron is posted to the airfield over winter. Ellen McEwan is a young woman held hostage by the German pilot who
    lands at Windyedge one wild stormy night carrying a terrible secret.
    Three young people desperate to make a difference in a war that has decimated their families, friends and country. When the means to
    change the course of history falls into their hands, how will they use it? And when the enemy comes looking for them, who will have the courage to
    strike back?
    A thrilling story of wartime secrets, international intrigue and wild courage from the award-winning
    author of Code Name Verity, with three young heroes you’ll never forget.
    Information about the Book
    Title: The Enigma Game
    Author: Elizabeth Wein
    Genre: YA Historical
    Publication Date:14th May 2020
    Page Count: 424
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51228682-the-enigma-game
    Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Enigma-Game-Elizabeth-Wein-ebook/dp/B0844KCGRW


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    Blog Tour: Brilliant Baxter by Carol Cordrey

    Title: Brilliant Baxter at the Funfair
    Author: Carol Cordrey
    Illustrator: Tim Bulmer
    Genre: Picture Book
    Publication Date: 7th May
    Page Count: 20
    Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
    Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53327925-brilliant-baxter-at-the-funfair  
    Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brilliant-Baxter-At-Fun-Fair/dp/1912850583
    Summary: An exciting visit to the Funfair for Eliza, her grandmother, Grinny, and their much loved Labrador, Brilliant Baxter. This story’s easy rhyme and vibrant illustrations are certain to delight both children and adults.

     


    FIVE FAVOURITE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

    Where’s Spot is etched on my memory because it played such a key role in encouraging both our daughters to love books.  When our elder daughter was under two years of age, she seemed to become disinterested in books and bedtime stories This book’s bright illustrations, simple language and sweet story about a puppy,  brought to life through lifting flaps, was an instant success with her and it rekindled an interest in books which has lasted her entire life.  

    Peter Rabbit is an ideal book for a young child because they can relate to its main, mischievous character with such ease and they never forget him as they grow up.  Also, Beatrix Potter’s beautiful pictures are so gentle in style and she cleverly attached just enough narrative on each page to maintain the interest of both child and adult without exhausting them, particularly at the end of a tiring day. The background to Potter publishing this book which has achieved global popularity made me realise that with enough determination and skill, a woman can influence the entire world from the comfort of her own home.

    Mr Men on Holiday is among my favourite books for children because it makes a child look forward to fun, active family holidays.  Short but sweet, it manages, also, to convey empathy, good friendship, humour and gratitude in the most easily absorbed manner which both children and adults can appreciate. The colourful images of happy, smiling characters are so strong that they print themselves (and those of the other Mr Men books) on memories forever, indeed, Little Miss Sunshine looks like it was an inspiration for today’s internationally popular Smiley Face Emoji. 

    Swallows & Amazons relies on text and not imagery to encourage children to enjoy the great outdoors, not least of all during school holidays.  It shines a healthy light on team – even gang –  membership, provided that good intentions and natural rivalry lie at the heart of it all.  The story is distinctive because of its exciting narrative and elements of risk which demonstrate how imaginative, creative and daring children can be and that sometimes adults would be wise to listen to them, instead of those roles always being reversed. 

     Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes was bought for our daughter when she was around 10 years of age and she loved the rhymes and the unusual, cartoon style of illustrations by the imaginative Quentin Blake.  The simple rhyme and good rhythm made it possible for her to memorise some of the stories, so much so that she used to enjoy reciting sections!  Equally engaging was Dahl’s innovative and distorted perspective on traditional children’s stories which taught his young readers that satire is a brilliant tool to see life and people through a different and sometimes clearer lens. 


    Author Information

    Carol Codrey has a strong history within the art world, starting out as an Art columnist before becoming an Art Editor for Sheengate Publishing Ltd. For Guildford Borough Council she created and marketed the annual Guildford Calendar for five years. She was also an Art Columnist and Critic and then Art Editor for Run Wild Media Ltd. She was on the judging panel for the annual international Wildlife Artist of the Year competition for five years. She has also written art features for the Home supplement of the Financial Times, the NADFAS Magazine – now re-titled The Art Society Magazine – and the National Trust Magazine. She has been repeatedly invited to be the sole judge of the Post Office and British Telecom Art Club’s annual art exhibition. She is a longstanding member of the Royal Automobile Club and has written varied features about the Club’s art collection for its members’ magazine, Pell Mell & Woodcote. She was also the founder and co-creater for six years of the annual and unique London International Ice Sculpting Festival.

    During the past eighteen months, Carol has fused her experiences of family life with her combined love of writing and art. The results are a series of short story books for young children, written in rhyme and illustrated by a successful artist and illustrator who has brought the characters to life. The books are ideally suited to children of pre-school age as well as to early readers as she is very enthusiastic about encouraging all children to develop a love of language and art. Carol is married and has two adult daughters.

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/carolcodrey1 

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    Blog Tour: Charles Dickens My Life by Derwin Hope

    Hey guys. Today is my stop on the blog tour for Charles Dickens My Life by Derwin Hope and I am bringing you a guest post. Enjoy!


    Title: Charles Dickens: My Life
    Author: Derwin Hope
    Genre: Non-Fiction
    Publication Date: 5th May
    Page Count: 536
    Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
    Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53217644-charles-dickens 
    Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B087TF1J8H/
    Summary: When Charles Dickens died prematurely on the 9th June 1870 aged only 58, he left behind a legacy unsurpassed in English fictional literature. But he also wanted to write his true life story and this remained undone. 150 years on from his death, I have found that sufficient material has now been uncovered to enable that narrative of his life story to be produced for the first time. Research amongst 15,000 of his letters, journalistic articles, documents and other relevant material connected to him have all combined to make it possible for me to piece together that evidence and, guided by the way he wrote his two travel books, has resulted in the production of this personal story in his own words that he so desired to tell. It shows exactly how, from difficult beginnings, he descended into acute humiliation and abject poverty, before then emerging due to his talent and incredible resolve, into one of the most famous men and popular authors the world has ever known. It chronicles his enormous public triumphs and his profound private turmoils, as well as the secret life he led when, on his own admission, he became “seized with lunacy”. It includes his two momentous visits to America, and his withering and radical opinions of institutions and situations he found there, as well as those he encountered at home – all expressed in his own inimitable style. This is his compelling and personal narrative, put together for the first time in a way that he wished his legacy to be told. It is the real and true story of his life.


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    Blog Tour: Dad You’ve Trumped by Andrew Rogerson

    Hey guys. Today is my stop on the blog tour for Dad You’ve Trumped by Andrew Rogerson and I am bringing you a guest post. Enjoy!


    Title: Dad You’ve Trumped
    Author: Andrew Rogerson
    Illustrator: Christopher Dodd
    Genre: Picture Book
    Publication Date: 14th May  2020
    Page Count: 34
    Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
    Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53348627-dad-you-ve-trumped   
    Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dad-Youve-Trumped-Andrew-Rogerson/dp/1913136655/
    Summary: This is the story of how a dad tries to explain away his moments of flatulent indiscretion to his daughter Poppy who is five. These are real moments. They are real excuses!


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    Blog Tour: Walk a Narrow Line by Rod Graham

    Hey guys. Today is my stop on the blog tour for Walk a Narrow Line by Rod Graham and I am bringing you a guest post. Enjoy.


    Title: Walk A Narrow Line
    Author: Rod Graham
    Genre: Non-Fiction
    Publication Date: 5th May 2020
    Page Count: 156
    Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
    Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53348878-walk-a-narrow-line 
    Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Walk-Narrow-Line-Because-You-ebook/dp/B086BLNBZ4
    Summary: Driven on unrelentlessly not to be beaten down by failure, this is one man’s extraordinary true-life story, which highlights the ever-present need to find your way in the world. Across the diverse life adventures over a seventy-year period, a picture is painted of a life that has led from neglect to success and from abuse to knowledge. This book will inspire those who read it to do better.

     


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    Blog Tour: Change Leadership by Bill Mann

    Hey guys. Today is my stop on the blog tour for Change Leadership by Bill Mann and I am bringing you a guest post. Enjoy.


    Title: Change Leadership
    Author: Bill Mann
    Genre: Non-Fiction
    Publication Date: 21st April 2020
    Page Count: 116
    Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
    Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53348772-change-leadership 
    Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Change-Leadership-people-through-change-ebook/dp/B08572TDB5/ 

    Summary: 80% of change projects fail. It’s a staggering amount. The most common reason is a reluctance to change by the people involved. It’s not surprising really: people make up a business and it’s those same people who must accept and adapt to change. The difference between change management and change leadership is making the connection between organisational change and the human impact on all involved. This book will show you how to lead change, not just manage it. Bill Mann, founder of The Keep Calm Guy, has learnt the hard way about change. After a long career delivering change projects for many businesses it was his personal experiences of coping with the trauma of a suicide bomb attack, and losing his wife to cancer, that taught him how to find a path through change that other people will follow.  www.thekeepcalmguy.co.uk


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    Blog Tour: Music as Medicine by Daphne Bryan PhD

    Hey guys. Today is my stop on the blog tour for Music as Medicine by Daphne Bryan PhD and I am bringing you a guest post by the author. Enjoy!


    Title: Music as Medicine
    Author: Daphne Bryan PhD
    Genre: Non-Fiction
    Publication Date: 20th April 2020
    Page Count: 112
    Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
    Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53232737-music-as-medicine 
    Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Music-As-Medicine-particularly-Parkinsons/dp/1913340589 
    Summary: Music can play an important part in our lives yet how many of us appreciate the effect it has on our brains, bodies and moods, or understand how we can use music as a medicine? Music has the power to reduce everyday symptoms, such as stress, insomnia, pain, depression, and even snoring, as well as helping challenges found in neurological conditions such as freezing and gait problems, and difficulties with voice and swallowing.

    With modern advances in technology, scientists are now able to measure the precise effect of music on body and brain. Music as Medicine presents many research studies which have examined the effect of music on various conditions, and offers clear suggestions as to how readers can use music to reduce various symptoms, whether a person thinks themselves musical or not. It covers three aspects of musical involvement: listening to music, moving to music and making music.

    Daphne Bryan, PhD, takes a special look at the benefits of music for neurological conditions, Parkinson’s in particular. Music stimulates many areas of the brain and in the case of damaged brains, it can activate alternative pathways to act in the place of damaged ones. Many of the symptoms discussed are also experienced by people with other diagnoses and by those who are otherwise fit and healthy so this book contains much that is relevant to all.


  • Reviews

    Review: The House of Hidden Wonders by Sharon Gosling

    The House of Hidden Wonders by Sharon Gosling
    Genre: Middle Grade, Historical, Mystery
    Published by: Little Tiger
    Pages: 288
    Release date: 02/04/2020
    Rating: ★★★★★
    Summary: Zinnie and her sisters live in the murky tunnels beneath Edinburgh’s Old Town. They keep out of the way of the authorities and remain undetected. Until, that is, rumours of a ghost bring unwanted visitors into the caverns they call home. Among them, a young Arthur Conan Doyle, keen to investigate, and MacDuff, the shady owner of Edinburgh’s newest attraction, the House of Wonders.

    Caught up in a world of intrigue and adventure, Zinnie seeks answers. But how can she discover what secrets lie in the House of Wonders while also protecting the sisters she holds so dear?


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    Review: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

    44778083House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas
    Series: Crescent City #1
    Genre: Fantasy
    Published by: Bloomsbury
    Pages: 799
    Release date: 03/03/2020
    Rating: ★★★★★
    Summary: Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. Every night is a party and Bryce is going to savour all the pleasures Lunathion – also known as Crescent City – has to offer. But then a brutal murder shakes the very foundations of the city, and brings Bryce’s world crashing down.

    Two years later, Bryce still haunts the city’s most notorious nightclubs – but seeking only oblivion now. Then the murderer attacks again. And when an infamous Fallen angel, Hunt Athalar, is assigned to watch her every footstep, Bryce knows she can’t forget any longer.

    As Bryce and Hunt fight to unravel the mystery, and their own dark pasts, the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the deepest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir …