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Pictures and Conversations

By Jane Sandell
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.

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Jane: Young Author by Valerie Baxter
How to carve out a job as a writer. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://picturesandconversations.co.uk/2020/05/29/jane-young-author-by-valerie-baxter/
03:43
March 8, 2021
Sarah Joins the WRAF by Shirley Darbyshire
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/
03:10
March 6, 2021
Air Hostess Ann by Pamela Hawken
A career novel that really takes off! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://picturesandconversations.co.uk/2020/05/27/air-hostess-ann-by-pamela-hawken/
04:08
March 6, 2021
Janet Carr: Journalist by Josephine Kamm
This could have been me! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://picturesandconversations.co.uk/2020/05/26/janet-carr-journalist-by-josephine-kamm/
02:09
March 4, 2021
Margaret Becomes a Doctor by Joan Llewelyn Owens
Medicine for beginners. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://picturesandconversations.co.uk/2020/05/25/margaret-becomes-a-doctor-by-joan-llewelyn-owens/
04:37
March 4, 2021
Helen Dore Boylston
An introduction to this series about career novels. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://picturesandconversations.co.uk/2009/07/07/helen-dore-boylston/
06:17
March 3, 2021
Suffragette: the battle for equality by David Roberts
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/
02:30
March 3, 2021
Wave by Paul Dowswell
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/
01:04
March 2, 2021
Exposure by Mal Peet
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/
06:10
February 27, 2021
More Desert Island Books
Here are three more recent books that would make it on to my desert island. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://picturesandconversations.co.uk/2009/03/30/more-desert-island-books/
03:58
February 26, 2021
The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth
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/
02:43
February 26, 2021
Comfort Reading: The Big Three
My children's book collection started many years ago and three authors featured strongly in it.  The familiarity of these books makes them special to me.
03:57
February 25, 2021
A Sense of Community and Place
In which I introduce you to my enthusiasm for the books of LM Montgomery.
03:34
February 24, 2021
What's in a Name?
The important elements of a book for me.
03:32
February 24, 2021
How It All Began
Once upon a time I was introduced to the wonder of reading.
02:48
February 23, 2021
Dorita Fairlie Bruce's Song of the Clyde
At a push, Dorita Fairlie Bruce is the author whose books I'd keep above all others.
04:20
February 22, 2021