Category Archives: Books

Rattling the Bones of Detective Caminada

Today I am thrilled to be hosting Guest Blogger Angela Buckley, whose new book, The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Story of Jerome Caminada,  will have its official launch in London next week. She has taken time out on a hectic blog … Continue reading

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Talking Books on why we should all want ‘Little Creative Days’ for our children

What are seasons but children’s soft dreams, and Sunrise, their opening eyes? Seeing at a glance The days and years open…waiting, Fringed with softness, or Laced with abandon… (From Children’s Eyes and Children’s Toys by Elysabeth Faslund) This is SO late … Continue reading

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Introducing ‘Shell Shocked Britain': how war trauma casts a shadow across a century

I know that some readers of my blog (and thanks for that!) already know that throughout 2013 I was writing a book called Shell Shocked Britain commissioned by Pen & Sword History. We are now in the final edit stage, … Continue reading

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In which Talking Books is ‘Blessed by Magpies’, and poet Paul Tobin

It has taken me a little while to post up my last Talking Books show. There are no excuses other than a few pressing deadlines and much time taken up with experimentation with a new way to manage my time….. … Continue reading

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Editing as the ‘last act’ of writing: Louise Bogan on taking words to heart

Poetry, for me, offers an opportunity to live within another’s thoughts as if they were my own. On this blog I have, from time to time, shared a poem that I have come across as I sit at my PC … Continue reading

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Science fiction? Or is that cyberpunk? – Talking Books talks the future with Martine Lillycrop

Competition alert!!! At the end of this email you will have the opportunity to win books! (Hope that grabs you and keeps you reading!) I have never been afraid to admit that science fiction has never been my ‘thing’. I … Continue reading

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Comic-book Keats – a new way to prevent the ‘end of poetry’?

I may be coming late to the work of Julian Peters. It is possible his illustrative work has been bringing young people to poetry for some time without me realising it. However, there may be some others out there, like … Continue reading

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