Rachel Haywood

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Dogs, Cats and Horses

You either love animals or you don’t… and of those who love animals, some have a preference for a particular kind or breed.
Here at TSL, we don’t discern… as seen in our collection of books about, or which feature, these fluffy creatures.

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Ezra Williams – Appreciation

Ezra Williams

Ezra joined the TSL fold through a Harrow Opera connection who is also a TSL author Rachel Haywood. Ezra had a collection of short stories he was looking to publish – the result was Fairytales and Oddities, illustrated by Steve Poulacheris.
I can’t say I fully understand all of Fairytales and Oddities – it’s definitely not what I understand Fairytales to be, and is also definitely not for children. Ezra’s imagination comes to the fore in this compilation of writing which is well constructed and crafted. He is a versatile word artist and performer.
More my style is Losing Henry which he had published before joining TSL, and also his second book with us, Selected Pieces. The former being a story I’ve previously reviewed, while the latter is a collection of more journalistic pieces he’d written over the years. While more conventional in style, both contain elements of the quirky (to me) thought processes he exhibits in Fairytales and Oddities.
An accomplished Tenor, Ezra has been musical director for Harrow Opera, performs himself and composes – I wait to hear the outcome of his current project. The synopsis of it sounds quite intriguing and in a different direction to what I’ve seen so far produced by Ezra.

TSL author Leslie Tate interviewed Ezra on Radio Dacorum in 2022 – listen here.

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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

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George and Flora Storytime – Rachel Haywood #Preview #Childrensbook #cats

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George and Flora and the Old Village Cat – Rachel Haywood #Preview #Childrensbook #cats

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Ezzy the Virus – Rachel Haywood #Preview #Childrensbook #science #health

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George and Flora Head to the Country – Rachel Haywood #Preview #Childrensbook #cats

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George and Flora Beyond the Cat Flap – Rachel Haywood #Preview #Childrensbook #cats

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The Life and Times of Edward the Bacterium – Rachel Haywood #Childrensbook #Preview #Science

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Rachel Haywood

Rachel Haywood

Rachel Haywood trained initially in Chemistry and spent the early part of her career as a research scientist. More recently she has given her artistic side a chance, not only exhibiting her paintings and singing, but also writing and illustrating her own books.
The Adventures of George and Flora were written whilst she enjoyed/struggled with bringing up two Birman kittens from scratch. George and Flora have delighted, entertained and hopefully will now earn their keep as well.
Twitter: @rachelhaywood81 Website: www.rachelhaywood.org

£1.00 from every sale is given to charity.

Rachel featured in My Northwood News in July 2019, see page 18

Books by Rachel