I’m a collector of children’s books. My particular interest is girls’ books from the mid twentieth century, but I also have a more general collection of books from about 1850 to now. I love reading books, meeting their authors and sharing them with others.
I freelance as a children’s book specialist, blogging, reviewing, writing articles, working with authors to promote their books and doing bits and pieces for BBC Scotland. I'm a regular at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, chairing panela and interviewing authors.
After yesterday's foray into flight, there we are again but this time in the forces.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://picturesandconversations.co.uk/2020/05/28/sarah-joins-the-wraf-by-shirley-darbyshire/
David Roberts' art is always fascinating but the subject matter of this book is what sold it to me initially.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://picturesandconversations.co.uk/2018/08/30/suffragette-the-battle-for-equality-by-david-roberts/
Paul Dowswell, the First World War and Barrington Stoke: three excellent reasons to read this novel.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://picturesandconversations.co.uk/2017/05/17/wave-by-paul-dowswell/
Mal Peet wrote too few novels in his too short life and I loved them all. This panegyric comes from 2008 and I stand by every word of it.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://picturesandconversations.co.uk/2008/10/17/exposure-by-mal-peet/
This was a book of the year for me when it was published. I had a promotional postcard which asked the question: How can you live in one world when your heart is in another? That is what the novel considers.
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://picturesandconversations.co.uk/2018/10/28/the-light-between-worlds-by-laura-weymouth/