I, Pierre Seel, Deported Homosexual: A memoir of Nazi terror by Pierre Seel

If you’ve lived through and witnessed some of the worst things one human being can inflict on another, how is it possible to revisit that time, to analyse or even just describe the depth of horror that you...

Sami’s Silver Lining by Cathy Cassidy

  Cathy Cassidy has written many best- selling books and is currently one of the most widely read children’s authors. I am a big fan of the ‘Chocolate Box Girls’ series of books because they would have...

Tomorrow by Nadine Kaadan

It’s a sobering fact that we have become so accustomed to seeing and hearing about war and conflict that we no longer react with the disgust and outrage that the brutality, devastation and dehumanisation...

The Survival Game by Nicky Singer

It is important to read YA fiction about painful and difficult lives as a way to understand and empathise. That’s all well and good but I seem to read an awful lot of novels with distressing subject matter and...

Fox Magic by Beverley Brenna

“I live in Saskatchewan, Canada, and in the months before I began writing this book, our news reports were filled with stories of young people taking their own lives. As a writer and a teacher, I feel a huge...

Sami’s Silver Lining by Cathy Cassidy

  Cathy Cassidy has written many best- selling books and is currently one of the most widely read children’s authors. I am a big fan of the ‘Chocolate Box Girls’ series of books because they would have been exactly the kind of book that I would...

Tomorrow by Nadine Kaadan

It’s a sobering fact that we have become so accustomed to seeing and hearing about war and conflict that we no longer react with the disgust and outrage that the brutality, devastation and dehumanisation merits. In Syria, armed conflict, death...

The Survival Game by Nicky Singer

It is important to read YA fiction about painful and difficult lives as a way to understand and empathise. That’s all well and good but I seem to read an awful lot of novels with distressing subject matter and this looked like it might be another...

Fox Magic by Beverley Brenna

“I live in Saskatchewan, Canada, and in the months before I began writing this book, our news reports were filled with stories of young people taking their own lives. As a writer and a teacher, I feel a huge responsibility to pay attention to the...

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This novel (aimed at young adults but it will appeal to plenty of older readers too) has had a lot of publicity, mostly in relation to how it shines a light on the real lives of an inner city black community, fictionalised as ‘Garden Heights’. A big...

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