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Book review: Katie Fforde’s new book

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 7th March 2017

This is the perfect time of year to curl up with a Katie Fforde novel. The temperature is hovering around six degrees (brrrr… I’m still wearing my coat and fingerless gloves inside the house) but I’m sure that spring can’t be far off. The days are longer, the first daffodils have appeared and Katie Fforde’s latest book has hit the bookshops. A Secret Garden, Katie’s 23rd novel, is as fresh as ...keep reading

Book review: Ambulance Girls

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 25th February 2017

“As war rages, can love and friendship survive?” That’s the compelling tagline on the cover of Ambulance Girls, a new historical saga by Australian writer Deborah Burrows. Having read the book, the tagline delivers what it promises – and a whole lot more besides. Ambulance Girls is the story of Lily Brennan, a young ambulance driver in London during the Second World War. What makes the novel different is that ...keep reading

Book review: Marie Curie

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 24th February 2017

I love the idea behind the Little People, Big Dreams series for children. Aimed at five to eight-year-olds, this collection tells the stories of famous women who achieved remarkable things. The title stems from the fact that women like Amelia Earhart, Maya Angelou, Coco Chanel and Frida Kahlo began life as small children with big dreams – which they all went on to fulfil. The books are stunning and I was thrilled to discover that ...keep reading

Book review: The Taken by Alice Clark-Platts

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 1st November 2016

The Taken gripped me from start to finish. I felt bereft when I reached the last page of this excellently plotted and assured tale – but I was in for a pleasant surprise. Why? Because for some unknown reason I’d assumed this was Alice Clark-Platts’s first novel. In fact it’s the second of her series about Detective Inspector Erica Martin, a Durham police officer with a fierce intellect and a ...keep reading

Book review: Chaos by Patricia Cornwell

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 24th October 2016

When it comes to crime fiction few writers can match the classy Patricia Cornwell. So the arrival in the post of Chaos, Cornwell’s 24th Kay Scarpetta novel, was a treat. I lit the fire, settled down on the sofa and read it from cover to cover. And yes, I was gripped from start to finish, my jaw dropping (metaphorically speaking) throughout at Cornwell’s clever, intricate plotting. Unlike some crime novels, where ...keep reading

Book review: War Orphans by Lizzie Lane

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Thursday 22nd September 2016

You’d have to have the stoniest of hearts not to be touched by the plight of nine-year-old Joanna Ryan and the abandoned puppy she rescues in Lizzie Lane’s latest novel. War Orphans reminded me a bit of Cinderella. Joanna hasn’t got any ugly sisters but she’s saddled with a cruel, heartless stepmother who is more interested in having a good time than caring for the little girl. This book, Lane’s 11th, ...keep reading

Interview with novelist Fionnuala Kearney

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 21st September 2016

If you haven’t discovered Fionnuala Kearney’s books yet, you’re in for a treat. The Day I Lost You, her second novel, is out this week and it’s a stunning read about three women – a mother, her daughter and her granddaughter. I was lucky enough to get the chance to interview Fionnuala and this is what she said. Q: The Day I Lost You is your second novel. Can you tell ...keep reading

Book review: Amelia Earhart

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 9th September 2016

I’m a big fan of World Book Day but it was always a bit of a trial when my son was small. Like most schools in the country, the one he attended asked all the children to dress up as a famous literary character on the day – much to the delight of every child except one. My son. As all the others trooped into class dressed up as Harry ...keep reading

The Koala Who Could by Rachel Bright and Jim Field

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 29th August 2016

When it comes to producing gorgeous picture books Rachel Bright and Jim Field are a winning combination. Bright writes the stories and Field illustrates them and the result is magical. The Koala Who Could is their latest creation. Written in jaunty rhyme, it’s ideal for reading aloud and will strike a chord with children and adults alike. The star of the show is Kevin, a sweet little koala who is as ...keep reading

Book review: The Brontes: Children of the Moors

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 9th July 2016

If I was in charge of a primary school library I’d make sure we had a copy of every single book by Mick Manning and Brita Granström. The award-winning pair have produced children’s books on all manner of subjects, including Shakespeare, Dickens and Darwin. My favourite up until now was The Beatles, which tells the story of the Fab Four through a series of captivating cartoons, drawings and text. I thought ...keep reading