January’s Author of the Month: Onjali Q. Raúf

Where did you write The Boy at the Back of the Class? Downstairs in the living room of my house, as at the time, I was recovering from major surgery and wasn’t allowed to venture outside or climb any stairs (my bedroom is in the attic so I had to sleep downstairs). I was very bored […]

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Book Club Blog

A new school year and a new term for Cranleigh Prep School heralds two exciting events; a new Patron of Reading, Emma Carroll, and the anticipation of the launch of the shortlist for Awesome Book Awards 2020. Following the last three successful years, the awards are now an integral part of our School calendar, and […]

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Book Club Blog: Third Instalment

A new year and a new book, namely Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth. I downloaded the mandala colouring page available on Jess’s website, which mirrors the beginning of each chapter in the book and each book club member started their own as they arrived and have continued to colour over […]

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February’s Author of the Month: Sharon Cohen

Where did you write The Starman and Me? I wrote The Starman and Me in different places. Most of the book was written at my desk at home where it’s quiet and I could be completely immersed in my story world. When I was visiting relatives, I sat at a little foldable table in the […]

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Book Review Tips

Book reviews are an indispensable part of the literary world. For writers, they justify the hours they spend writing books. For publishers, they drive sales, and for young readers, reading reviews shape most of their book choices, whilst writing them gives them a voice. There is no perfect formula for a book review, but some […]

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January’s Author of the Month: Guy Jones

Where did you write The Ice Garden? I like to find the perfect spot, with a comfortable chair, huge desk, and absolute peace and quiet. And then I discover that I can’t write a word. So, in fact, most of The Ice Garden was written on crowded trains, in coffee shops and on the first […]

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