Monthly Archives: January 2013

A Place to Call Home

Fils Cadet has a new favourite book, one that we’ve read nearly every night for the last fortnight, so it’s just as well everyone else likes it too! A Place to Call Home by Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz (Walker, … Continue reading

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The Disorderly Knights – Lymond, Part Three

When I wrote about Queens’ Play by Dorothy Dunnett, I promised to let you know when I got to the next one. So here we are – I’ve just finished the third  Lymond book, The Disorderly Knights (warning – link … Continue reading

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The Ears of the Hippopotamus and other matters: The Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation 2013

Having dismally failed in my quest to read the shortlisted books before the winner of this year’s Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation was announced, I set off yesterday for the award ceremony, to which I was invited having … Continue reading

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Little Red Hood

Now this is fun! A retelling, or maybe reimagining would be a better word for it, of Little Red Riding Hood by Marjolaine Leray, translated by Sarah Ardizzone. Both story and illustrations are pared down to the bare bones, making … Continue reading

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Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf

I’m still on a quest to introduce fils aîné to chapter books that he can read for himself later on and browsing about on the web, I was reminded of the Polly and the Wolf stories by Catherine Storr – … Continue reading

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Of Books and TV Adaptations: The Wings of the Sphinx

One of the first of my Christmas present books that I got through was the 11th in Andrea Camilleri‘s Montalbano series, The Wings of the Sphinx. It was also the first one I’d read where I’d seen the TV version … Continue reading

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