George and Flora


Growing pains

Good Books which deal with growing pains are actually quite rare, I think. But here are a few which have had an impact on me:

Leslie Tate – Heaven’s Rage
Louisa May Alcott – Little Women

There are a few more lighter reads such as:
And I would even go so far as to add Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Secret Seven to this list.
Beatrice Holloway‘s tales about Rhys and life on a canal boat would also fit this bill.

Both Percy’s Quest by Barbara Follows
and the George and Flora series by Rachel Haywood deal with growing up issues through the lives of animals.

Growing up of a different kind is tackled in Illumination by Mavis Patcher. This is a story of two androids learning how to be human.
Gideon Master’s characters in his Lucifer’s Child trilogy (not recommended for anyone under 18 years old) have to learn to deal with new worlds and states of being.

first published 8 May 2017, updated 2024


What’s in a name?

What’s in a Name?
A name gives identity. While for some it can evoke a neutral feeling, for others a name can instil a huge fear or dread, yet for others it can bring a sense of calm. The following books, all published by TSL have a name in the title – all are quite different in their feel and tale.

Michael’s Magic Motor Car by Ray Wooster – an A4 size children’s story
Leo, the Lion Whisperer by Mavis Patcher – a children’s adventure in Africa
George and Flora by Rachel Haywood – a series for children of adventures by two cats, George and Flora. All are written and illustrated by Rachel.
Merlyn’s Memoirs – an English Springer Spaniel’s life in South Africa
Duke’s Heartbreak and other poems by Beatrice Holloway – as it says, a collection of poetry
Lucifer’s Child by Gideon Masters – an esoteric dystopian suspense adventure. The first of a trilogy and definitely not for the feint-hearted or under 18s.

Going through my library of books, I noticed that few, other than biographies, actually have a name included in the title. Is this because authors fear readers not buying a book because of possible connotations?
Some others I found which have names in the title include:

Prester John – John Buchan (African mythology adventure)
Marthe Quest – Doris Lessing (series set in Rhodesia in the 1930s)
What Abigail did that Summer – Ben Aaronovitch (A Rivers of London mystery)
John Doe – Tess Gerritsen (murder mystery)

Feel free to share book titles you know of which contain names in the title.