7 October 2016 | Adult Fiction

Mothers and daughters – books and excursions

Mothers and daughters – this is a subject that has been extensively used in mediocre, sentimental movies and rather ordinary novels with family sagas but it is also the source of brilliant books, movies and plays. I’m back from a lovely long weekend trip to Sydney with Miss 10 and my Mum. As Miss 10…

2 September 2016 | Parents and reading

The importance of dads who read

One of my favourite family photos is of my husband and Mr 12, when Mr 12 was only weeks old. My husband is lying on our bed reading a book with our baby son lying on his chest, wobbly head focused on the book. Be still my beating heart – two of my favourite men…

10 November 2015 | Adult Fiction, Children's Fiction

Stories within stories

I read two books this week which had stories within stories, and saw a musical on Saturday night which had a story within a story. I love it – stories are fabulous enough but a story within a story is pure magic! Let me explain. Miss 9 put Angelica Bank’s Finding Serendipity on my bedside…