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Review: 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Loss

100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Loss by Jean Carper Genetic factors aside, it seems that our modern lifestyle is a sure fire method to increase our chances of developing the condition. Until we have effective treatments, the only way to beat Alzheimers is to prevent it for as … Continue reading

News: Booker Prize Fiction at its Finest [Guest Post]

Originally from Educare’s Random Subjects Made Simple No. 68 – Fiction at its finest. Why the Man Booker prize rewards the best book of the year., Tuesday, Oct 15th 2013 The shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction features six innovative writers whose books span the globe, from the ravishing landscapes of New … Continue reading

Review: Recommended Reads from a Century of Children’s Literature Pt II

Originally from Speaking Well In Public’s Page on Facebook. Continuing my recommended reads from a century of children’s literature. CS Lewis From The Magician’s Nephew to The Last Battle, the Chronicles of Narnia tells the story of another world from its dawn to its end. In the first written and best known, The Lion, The … Continue reading

Review: Recommended Reads from a Century of Children’s Literature Pt I

Originally from Speaking Well In Public’s Page on Facebook. My recommended reads from a century of children’s literature, featuring tales of mystery, adventure and the great outdoors, of magic, fantasy and other worlds, of theatre, ballet and life on the stage… Most will be enjoyed by girls and boys, and a great start to a … Continue reading

How-to: Write Good by Frank L. Visco

The first set of rules was written by Frank L. Visco and originally published in the June 1986 issue of Writers’ digest. My several years in the word game have learnt me several rules: Avoid Alliteration. Always. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They’re old hat.) Eschew ampersands … Continue reading

Review: The White Queen – Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory likes to explore how powerful women work their magic in the hypocritical world of the court. For The White Queen she selects a woman who is rarely studied but who lived an extraordinary life: Elizabeth Woodville, the mother of the Princes in the Tower. Edward of York (Edward IV) has usurped the throne … Continue reading

Review: The Queen’s Fool – Philippa Gregory

Hannah Verde is a Spanish refugee, with an unusual gift: the power of the Sight. Her mother was burned at the stake for being a Jew, and Hannah and her father have escaped to England, seeking sanctuary by posing as Christians. Working as printers, they encounter customers of a high social class, including Robert Dudley … Continue reading

Review: The Apple – Michel Faber

The Apple is Michel Faber’s follow up to The Crimson Petal and the White, a collection of short stories which, as an addition to his tour de force, is disappointing. Faber assures us that these stories can be standalone or read as supplementary to Crimson Petal. In reality, they will only mean anything to readers … Continue reading

Review: The Somnambulist – Essie Fox

Some say Millais’ painting The Somnambulist represents Wilkie Collins’ 1860 hit The Woman in White. Others think it was painted to celebrate a famous opera called La Sonnambula. Whatever its origins, its Gothic aura is key to the plot and tone of Essie Fox’s novel, which revolves around themes of death, despair, madness and the … Continue reading

Get Parents Reading Aloud

“One In Five Parents Cannot Read Aloud” [London Evening Standard Thursday 9th June 2011] From the Evening Standard’s Get London Reading campaign: One in five London parents has such poor literacy skills they cannot read a bedtime story to their children. The National Literacy Trust report that 370,000 mothers and fathers are not confident enough … Continue reading

Review: Canada by Richard Ford

“First, I’ll tell you about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later.” Now that’s a hook. That’s what made me want to read on. Sensational? Yes. Direct? Certainly. An Elmore Leonard crime novel? Definitely not. Canada is the story of 15-year-old Dell Parsons’s life in the aftermath of an ill-planned … Continue reading

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