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Treacle Walker
Book Review

Treacle Walker

Alan Garner. 4th Estate Books. (160p) ISBN 9780008477790 I preordered this the moment I heard that Alan Garner was releasing a new book, his take on mythology in children’s fiction is always wonderfully nuanced and executed. All the way through this there was the feel of an epic poem or a folk ballad with the …

The Sea Cloak
Book Review

The Sea Cloak & Other Stories

Nayrouz Qarmout. Comma Press. (112p) ISBN 9781905583782 I’ve had this collection of short stories on the go for quite a while now as they are a difficult read, not that the words are difficult but the emotions those words stir are hard to process. Nayrouz writes poetically about situations influenced by her time in Gaza …

Ten Things About Writing
Book Review

Ten Things About Writing

Joanne Harris. September Publishing. (320p) ISBN 9781912836598 Following Joanne Harris on Twitter is always worth it, supportive and enthusiastic about writing and the process, and her twitter threads of “Ten Things…” are always refreshing. So as soon as I saw that she was releasing a collection of her writing tips in a single volume I …