Category Archives: Books

Talking Books goes walkabout with The Real Sherlock Holmes…..

Talking Books, my show on 10Radio.org,  went national last week when I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of Angela Buckley’s great new book ‘The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Story of Jerome Caminada‘. The launch took place in the … Continue reading

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Speaking to the dead: spiritualism, secularism & seeing the ghosts of the Great War

  Do you believe in ghosts? Can you trust in mediums who claim to commune with the dead? In Shell Shocked Britain I look at the rise of spiritualism during and after the First World War, examining why it experienced … Continue reading

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The ‘First Blitz’ – Terror Comes To The Home Front

How many people know anything of the ‘First Blitz’ – war waged by Germany from the air between 1915 and 1918? As I researched Shell Shocked Britain : the First World Wars’s Legacy for Britain’s Mental Health I was surprised that … Continue reading

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‘Mental Cases’ by Wilfred Owen: Writing the horror of shell shock in poetry

On Friday 21st March it was World Poetry Day. It is often one of those ‘days’ that passes people by, especially if they do not consider themselves a poetry lover. (I don’t think anyone truly dislikes poetry; they just haven’t … Continue reading

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Talking Books talks Septimus Heap & writing magic with Angie Sage

On the 28th February I was very lucky to have as my guest on Talking Books Angie Sage, an author who has received global success with her series of fantasy novels, featuring Septimus Heap, seventh son of a seventh son … Continue reading

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The BBC, the Great War & being part of the ‘bandwagon’…?

First of all, thank you to all those who chatted to me, on and off-line following my Introducing ‘Shell Shocked Britain‘ post. It was really heartening to find out so many are interested in the legacy of the Great War … Continue reading

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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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