A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

The multi-award winning author is described on the book jacket as ‘a novelist, feminist and philanthropist’ who has so far written twenty- six  best selling books that have been translated into more than forty...

The Street by Ann Petry

Ann Petry (real name Ann Lane) wasn’t an author I’d ever heard of until I read Tayari Jones’ reflections on her and her most successful novel, The Street, in the December 2019 article for The...

Boundless Sky by Amanda Addison & Manuela Adreani

  Author-artist Amanda Addison has teamed-up with Italian illustrator, Manuela Adreani to create a beautiful and lyrical tale of migration. It’s always astonished me that tiny birds spend so much of their...

Up and Down Mum

Parents can be so embarrassing when they behave in unusual ways – I think that most children want them to be conventional and unobtrusive. The Mum in this story is definitely not one to shrink back because...

That Reminds Me by Derek Owusu

In its review of Derek Owusu’s ‘That Reminds Me’, The Guardian refers to this as ‘the first novel to be published by Stormzy’s publishing imprint, Merky Books’. This description of the book as a ‘novel’ might...

The Street by Ann Petry

Ann Petry (real name Ann Lane) wasn’t an author I’d ever heard of until I read Tayari Jones’ reflections on her and her most successful novel, The Street, in the December 2019 article for The Guardian entitled ‘The Street: the 1940s African...

Up and Down Mum

Parents can be so embarrassing when they behave in unusual ways – I think that most children want them to be conventional and unobtrusive. The Mum in this story is definitely not one to shrink back because, although she is fiercely loved by her...

That Reminds Me by Derek Owusu

In its review of Derek Owusu’s ‘That Reminds Me’, The Guardian refers to this as ‘the first novel to be published by Stormzy’s publishing imprint, Merky Books’. This description of the book as a ‘novel’ might actually give you the completely wrong...

Rise Up! The Art of Protest by Jo Rippon

Author Jo Rippon has worked in with Amnesty International to develop a book, ostensibly for a teen market, that introduces its readers to the idea of protest and social movements for justice. However, I would like to say that this is very definitely...