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Emma Whitehall
Author Q&A

Emma Whitehall – Q&A

Today we have a Q&A session with Emma Whitehall, a bookseller for the bound in Whitley Bay, who has her debut novel Clockwork Magpie coming out on the 10th of February, the launch of which is at the bound. Tell us what inspired you to write your (debut) novel? I wanted to write a story …

La Belle Sauvage
Book Review

La Belle Sauvage

Philip Pullman. Penguin. (592p) ISBN 9780241365854 I’ve had the special edition of La Belle Sauvage with the Lynx daemon sat on my shelves since it was released but never got around to reading it. I found this on the RBDigital service whilst looking through for a fantasy or sci-fi book to listen to and thought …

VOX
Book Review

VOX

Christina Dalcher. HarperCollins. (400p) ISBN 9780008300678 I was so late to the VOX party amongst my colleagues, and I have no idea why? It hits all the right targets for me a feminist dystopia looking at what could feasibly happen if we extrapolate from current trends. Vox is set in an imaginable near-future where the …

The Power
Book Review

The Power

Naomi Alderman. Penguin Books. (352p) ISBN 9780670919963 Naomi Alderman’s novel ‘The Power’ is a well-deserved winner of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017. Naomi takes the idea of a change to which gender holds the reins of power and moves it along logical lines to a logical outcome, the end of the book gives …

The Price Guide to the Occult
Book Review

The Price Guide to the Occult

Leslye Walton. Walker Books. (288p) ISBN 9781406373509 I am just so shallow that it was the cover that sold The Price Guide to the Occult to me. But it was worth it, The Price Guide to the Occult tells the story of Rona Blackburn and her descendants who live on Anathema Island. There is a …

Scythe
Book Review

Scythe

Neal Schusterman. Walker Books. (448p) ISBN 9781406379242 Scythe is set not far into our(?) future where death has been conquered. Want to look and feel 21? Get your body clock set so you are physically younger than your grandchildren. Science and society have progressed to such a stage that there are no famines or diseases, …

The Sacrifice Box
Book Review

Sacrifice Box

Martin Stewart. Penguin Random House Children’s UK. (400p) ISBN 9780141371610 I have had The Sacrifice Box moving up my TBR pile over the last month or so, but it was immediately catapulted to the top on the advice of a fellow twitter user and I really didn’t regret pushing it up the list. I usually …

Mortal Engines
Book Review

Mortal Engines

Philip Reeve. Scholastic UK. (336p) ISBN 9781407152134 From the moment you start reading Mortal Engines it pulls you along at a furious pace through a thrilling adventure set in the far future where cities are now mobile and follow the tenets of Municipal Darwinism. The two main characters Tom meets Hester under dangerous circumstances and …

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