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Birthdays

Isn’t it remarkable how things link together? Whilst deciding whether to finish Lionel Shriver’s Post-Birthday World or not, a notification came through from Hillingdon Library on 3 books about birthdays. The latter clearly for...

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Historical novel writing

With TSL’s growing catalogue of historical fiction, it seemed appropriate to have a single place to share author views on historical writing, so here are a few links… Is historical fiction factual or speculative...

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Frogs

I like frogs – nearly as much as I do cows and a few other animals, insects and bugs. When I was younger, completely out of character, a friend and I collected a whole...

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Book Settings: Africa

What a wonderful list discovery: historical novels of Africa Africa, the continent, holds a very special place in the TSL fold – not least because both directors were born there. Although heralding from South...

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Donkeys

Donkeys have recently been popping up on my radar and it’s not just to do with Christmas nativity stories. Within a month (Dec 2017/Jan 2018)… John Samson’s A donkey called Oddsock arrived in my...

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Cherry Trees

I recently wrote a review about 3AM Wonder Paranoia and the restless night (Angela Kingston). 3AM is said to be the time in novels and storytelling when things happen in the night. Well I...

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Time

Time always seems to be an issue. There’s never enough … It says a lot about our culture. I recall being told that Eskimos have numerous words to describe snow whilst sheep farmers have...

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Sidney and Sydney

I was reminded of the Sidney Sheldon books in the History of Gatooma Library. I can’t claim to have read any of them though. Did you know there is a series called Sidney and...

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Romania

Romania has had a tough past – it’s leaders recognised for their excesses (shoes in 1989 vs 2015) No doubt the most famous Romanian is Dracula who has been the feature of many books,...

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Snakes

Snakes are slimy creepy creatures, often misunderstood say those who love them. Our nephew plans to become a snake specialist when he’s older – I’m not yet convinced but am pleased his mother has...