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The Cool Dorset Guide: A one-night stay at The Pig on the Beach

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 17th March 2017

My room at The Pig on the Beach had everything a hotel guest could wish for. Stunning décor, a view across the sea towards Old Harry Rocks and a rolltop bath strategically placed by the window to enjoy the amazing vista. I was so determined to make the most of my one-night stay that I even set my alarm for an hour earlier than usual. When it went off at 6 am ...keep reading

The Cool Dorset Guide: Sandbanks Ferry

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 15th March 2016

One of the best things about living by the sea is having to catch a ferry to get home. Sandbanks Ferry clanks back and forth across the entrance to Poole Harbour three times an hour, linking glitzy Sandbanks to peaceful Studland, with its miles of unspoiled, sandy beaches and remote heathland walks. Three years after moving here I’m as fascinated by the ferry as ever. It has been operating since ...keep reading

Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books revisited

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 21st April 2014

The Dorset seaside looks lovely this Easter, which probably helps to explain the endless queue of cars for the Sandbanks ferry and the hordes of cheery tourists everywhere. I’ve just discovered my new favourite walk, between Anvil Point Lighthouse and Dancing Ledge, and have walked it three times in three days, barely seeing a soul. So it seemed very apt when two brand new editions of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five ...keep reading

The Secret Seven – delumptious and scrumplicious

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 7th May 2013

It’s 45 years since Enid Blyton died but she’s still one of the best-known and best-loved children’s writers ever. Her books have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, been translated into 90 languages and adapted countless times for film and TV. So  it’s pretty smart of Seven Stories, the national children’s literature centre in Newcastle, to launch a massive Enid Blyton exhibition. Mystery, Magic and Midnight Feasts, the Many ...keep reading

Can you have too much of a good thing?

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 29th March 2013

A few years back it would have been impossible to believe that The X Factor might one day lose its shine. I was completely hooked on the show and spent every Saturday night gripped by Simon Cowell’s acid comments to the wannabe stars. By the rival judges at each other’s throats, the contestants’ dazzling white teeth (apparently Cowell’s team always insists the young hopefuls get their gnashers whitened) and the ...keep reading

School Ties – a new novella set in a school

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 23rd September 2012

Downthorpe Hall is a posh boarding school in the wilds of the Oxfordshire countryside. Fresh from working in an inner-city comprehensive, Will Hughes has just been appointed as the new head. He knows there will be a host of challenges ahead. Tricky parents, rebellious teenagers and teachers who will fight his attempts to reform the school. He doesn’t expect a battle for his heart. But when he meets two women ...keep reading

The Famous Five’s Sapphire Jubilee

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 5th June 2012

The Queen isn’t the only one celebrating a major anniversary this year. The Famous Five are too. Did you know that Enid Blyton’s classic stories of Julian, Dick, Anne, George and George’s mongrel Timmy have been entrancing generations of children for a magnificent 70 years? I was one of them. I loved Enid Blyton books so much that every Saturday morning I’d spend the whole of my two shillings and ...keep reading

Friday book review – Daughters-in-Law by Joanna Trollope

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 3rd February 2012

The first Joanna Trollope book I ever read was The Rector’s Wife. I was so captivated by her 90s tale of a vicar’s wife who shocks everyone by taking a job at a supermarket to make ends meet that I was desperate to read her earlier books. The instant I’d finished that one I rushed out to buy another, feverishly working my way through her backlist in the way I used ...keep reading

Children’s books, Jack Wills and a spelling mistake

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 16th November 2011

I’m busy reviewing a batch of children’s books and can’t get over the fantastic array of titles. So far I’ve whizzed through a novel for teenagers about a missing girl, a gorgeous story by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie called Rhinos Don’t Eat Pancakes and I’m now on to Jacqueline Wilson’s Sapphire Battersea. When I was little I loved books like Richmal Crompton’s Just William and Noel Streatfeild’s Ballet Shoes. ...keep reading