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    Book Review,  Reviews

    The Book of Hopes; Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain – Edited by Katherine Rundell

    This collection of short stories features stories and pictures by children’s authors and illustrators which were collected during the first Lockdown of 2020. Author Katherine Rundell starts the book with a prologue about the fact she usually turns to books when she’s in need of hope. And that is how the book came about. She describes stories as transformation – wild glories and everyday glories, magic both real and imaginary. I love the way she talks about hope. I also love the way she describes the book as being a book to dip in and out of when you need hope. Making it perfect to have lying around for those…

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    Yellow Cake – Margo Lanagan

    Yellow Cake brings together another ten short stories from this extraordinarily talented writer – each of them fiercely original and quietly heartbreaking. Ranging from fantasy and fairy tale to horror and stark reality, what pervades these stories is the sense of humanity. The people of Lanagan’s worlds face trials, temptations and degradations. They swoon and suffer and even kill for love. In a dangerous world, they seek the solace and strength that comes from family and belonging. These are stories to be savoured slowly and pondered deeply because they cut to the very heart of who we are. *** I was very excited to read this collection of short stories…

  • Discussion Post

    In celebration of Short Stories: National Short Story Week post

    This week is National Short Story week, no I didn’t know until a few weeks ago either; but I plan on celebrating! I love that short stories have a week dedicated to them because I love short stories; in my eyes they are just as valuable as novels and poetry and other forms of literature and they should not only be reserved for children, everyone should be able to access short stories. The short story is not obviously reserved for children with tales coming from people like Edgar Allen Poe and Oscar Wilde over the centuries but I do feel there are more for children than adults, though that is understandable…