Fifty Words for Snow

Nancy Campbell. Elliott & Thompson. (224p) ISBN 9781783966035

Fifty Words for Snow

Fifty Words for Snow

Picked this up at work a few weeks ago as one of the randoms that came through the door as I like non-fiction books that you can have by the bed with short chapters.

This book is specifically about these fifty words for snow and as such are easily digestible before falling asleep, or that was the plan.

I started this at 7:30am and had finished it by 12:30pm today, each chapter was so compelling and made you want more and more.

Each small chapter is preceded by a photograph of a snowflake by Wilson Bentley, the first known photographer of snowflakes setting us up perfectly for a snippet of information.

This information is from all around the world New Guinea, Patagonia, Ethiopia, Turkey, Latvia, and more, starting with a word in the highlighted language and then a small passage with information that could be culturally significant, explore the areas natural history, literary history, and its myth making.

Every passage opens up a language an culture in a compassionate manner and looks at what may be happening in that culture/land now with climate changes that are occurring now and what this may mean for the future.

A really interesting read that had me looking for more information on certain cultures and languages.


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Wayland Babes

Judi Daykin. Hobeck Books. (173p) ISBN 9781913793500
Wayland Babes

Wayland Babes

I was asked to join in with the book tour for Wayland Babes and was really glad I could accept.

Published by Hobeck Books, Judi Daykin’s ghost stories are set in Norfolk and hark back to the tale of Babes in the Wood, but these two babes never met any robins.

We are treated to ghostly five hauntings, each preceded by a part of the traditional verse of the myth which was published as a broadside ballad in 1595, and developed into the popular panto much later on.

These hauntings take place over a couple of hundred years and seem to take the period they are set into account in the style of ghost story telling, but for the most part had a feel of gothic ghost stories to it, full of upcoming doom but you never really know who to.

Judi does a great job of building up tension and expectation in each episode, keeping the flow all the way to the outcome. This made the read really easy and enjoyable, I was gripped enough to read this in just a day (didn’t do much else though).

Loved how the story built from the myth of the Babes and added to the depth of it, another layer of suspense and ghostly tension.

Overall a great read, well structured and executed, with enough suspense to have you on the edge of your seat.


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The Haunting of Aveline Jones

Phil Hickes. Usborne. (224p) ISBN 9781474972147

The Haunting of Aveline Jones

The Haunting of Aveline Jones

Talk about a gripping read, picked it up at noon, finished it by 4:30pm, just couldn’t tear myself away!

We follow the adventures of Aveline Jones (great name by the way) after she is left with her Aunt in Malmouth, a sea town on the south coast.

Aveline loves reading ghost stories…

The whole book was set at a pace that kept me hooked from start to finish with no spare fat on it at all, every word worked toward building up the characters and story in such a way that I hadn’t realised I’d almost got to the end in one afternoon.

All the main characters are great, but my favourite character is the bookshop, and of course Mr. Leiberman the owner.

Aveline discovers a ghost book in the shop which starts a chain of events that is scary but not too scary and is reminiscent of a good traditional folk ghost story.

Satisfying and full of bits that all add up in the end, really looking forward to reading book two tomorrow.


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The Photography Ideas Book

Lorna Yabsley. Octopus Publishing. (176p) ISBN 9781781576663

The Photography Ideas Book

The Photography Ideas Book

I picked this book up at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead along with several others of the same series on a recent trip.

I’ve been feeling very stale about my photography recently and was looking for books to help stimulate and inspire.

This is an easy book to dip in and out of having a collection of 80 photos from which the author draws ideas for a photo project theme, or just a technique to try out.

It doesn’t take long to read cover to cover but I don’t really feel that’s the purpose of this book.

I’ll be keeping it on the shelf and reach for it whenever I feel jaded about my photography, choose something to try or further research and get stimulated once more.

It has kicked off a renewed interest in my and others photography once more and for that I’m really grateful.

Best of all I’ve bookmarked several ideas/projects to get started on in the next few days!


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