Books A Writer Reads...

Short Stories or Articles

A Quiet Afternoon in the Museum of Torture, by Catherine Czerkawska -  Love hurts.

Kallee and Other Stories - a much loved book of animal stories

Cooking The Books - Authors Electric fight back! 

The Five-Pound Pony - by Karen Bush - this book wins a rosette!


 Sedition by Katharine Grant - beautiful dancing prose, wit and lively characters...

 'The Fool's Girl' by Celia Rees - a beautiful, historical, Shakespearian fantasy

 Wolf Hall and Bring Out the Bodies - reviews of Hilary Mantel's mistresspieces

A Boy called M.O.U.S.E by Penny Dolan - a book to revel in.


The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien - sinister, eerie, unsettling comedy...

Bird of Passage by Catherine Czerkawska -  Unrelenting, totally absorbed love for another...

 Life of Pi, by Yann Martel - beautifully bleak...


Tales From Moonshiny Hall by Stuart Hall - the grue that only a well-told story can give...


All That Lives: The Poetry of Sex, Death and Pathology by Valerie Laws - grim subjects, but wonderful poetry.

Her Lines, My Lines, by Joan Lennon and Kyla Tomlinson - again and again a phrase fills my head with an image or sensation.



'The Storm Bottle' by Nick Green - a dazzling Bermudian dolphin fantasy


Speculative Futures  


My Memories of a Future Life - by Roz Morris -  Excellent but uncategorisable...

Project Firebird - by Nick Green - a thoroughly entertaining, exciting, thought-provoking and powerfully written book.



'Writing In The House Of Dreams' by Jenny Alexander - A shaman's handbook...

 A review of 'Period Piece' a memoir by Gwen Raverat, Charles Darwin's granddaughter.

The Law's Strangest Cases - eccentric judges, marauding moles, difficult jurors...

The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker - the instincts which protect us from violence

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule - a journalist's relationship with a serial killer.

Reviews of Yudkin's 'Pure, White and Deadly' and Lustig's 'Fat Chance.' - The danger of sugar

The Atheist's Guide To Christmas - like being a fish, reading polemics about water being a good thing.

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