A pioneering and undomesticated (indeed, undomesticatable) red cloud kelpie, Red Dog spends his years travelling Western Australia, befriending countless humans (and one particularly stoic cat) and generally acting his own master.
The hopeful narrative of someone who’s been through the proverbial valley of death and emerged, perhaps not unscathed, but emerged nonetheless.
An experience of adolescence as engaging as Catcher in the Rye – but a lot more optimistic.
At once a fascinating and deeply sobering portrayal of ‘the rags of humanity’.
This book chewed up Sherlock Holmes with a fistful of fairy dust and spat out a masterpiece.
David is a 12-year-old band geek at Shepherd’s Vale Middle School, where his big mouth lands him in hot water yet again when he finds himself signed up to the race for class president, a position hitherto held unanimously by the super popular Veronica Pritchard-Pratt…
Schism is the first volume in The Sunderland trilogy of graphic novels by Jon Renzella in conjunction with Eric Weiss that addresses the tribal nature of humans – and it is made up entirely of woodcuts…
An excerpt and giveaway to commemorate the release of The Lion’s Pride by Natalie Crown, the second book of the Semei trilogy.
The Sketchbook Project World Tour is more than just a book of pictures – it’s a way to get an intimate glimpse into the minds of artists the world over…
Written by acclaimed calligrapher Vivien Lunniss, this book provides all the guidance you need to go from utter typographical novice to a pro…
The first book in Flewelling’s Nightrunner series, Luck in the Shadows follows the delicious adventure-fantasy tradition of near-constant peril, swashbuckling combat and insidious dark magic…
Review of the Prudence and the Crow monthly vintage book subscription service.
Now featuring my cat Gaius.
This was my first foray into Anna Zabo’s writing and so I really wasn’t sure what to expect – fortunately I didn’t have to wait long as the story won me over within the breadth of two chapters. And I was trying to be a bit cynical, you know? But turns out that that’s a bit hard to do when you’re faced with this much sexual tension…
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A giveaway of the horror novel Wake (read the review here!).
‘What is a Sentinel? A guard. A detective. A killer…’
A promising start to the trilogy, Sentinel is exactly the sort of book that I used to love to burn through as a teenager – fantastic, angsty and a little bit dark…
Bold and moving, Panther is more than a story – it’s an exploration of how depression affects not only the sufferer, but the people around them…
Includes a question and answer session with the author, David Owen.
Max the Brave is a charming story about an adventurous little cat whose curiosity gets him in a bit of hot water…
A collection of 100 photographs of pre-1915 Ottoman life in Eastern Anatolia, taken by the author’s grandfather, and a visual investigation into the lost society that preceded the Armenian Genocide.
The Gracekeepers is a gentle and beautiful work of dystopian speculative fiction that makes for a contemplative read, with likeable characters and an imaginative setting.
A modern portrayal of the experience of Sophocles’ Antigone, The Antigone Poems warrants multiple rereads and it isn’t easy going; it’s intense, vocal and anguished.
A funny and light high school romantic drama that’s easy to read and relate to, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda follows Simon, a ‘not-so-openly gay’ sixteen-year-old whose secret falls into the hands of a classmate when he leaves himself logged into his email on a school computer.
When thirteen-year-old Delphine and her parents relocate to Alderberen Hall to join a strange and elite society for the ‘perpetual improvement of man’, she is immediately suspicious…
Wake is a sci-fi survivor story that follows a group of people who suddenly find themselves in a living hell. Isolated from the rest of the world by a strange, hazy force field, the group must learn to survive in the aftermath of a murderous frenzy, in the prison of a ghost town that conceals a deadly secret…
This book is utter nonsense… you’re going to love it.
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Chronicles from Château Moines is a story about a group of kids learning to get along in their simple world that’s made up of school, friends and family.
Every spring, India, Nepal and various other parts of the world erupt in a beautiful cacophony of colours to celebrate the Hindu festival Holi – and the legends that surround Holi are as vibrant as the festival of colours itself.
A story made up of quirky postcards sent between an artist and a woman half a world away…
I take a look at some of the gorgeous cover art flying about this World Book Day.
The Raven’s Head is a dark tale of secret rituals and black magic, and the children who get tangled up in an alchemist’s pursuit of the ultimate power…
A vibrant new comic filled with wonderfully orchestrated narratives, excellent characters and diversity…
Despite what his family tells him, Oli knows this isn’t just a regular vacation; something has happened, something big, and no one wants him to find out what it is. But that isn’t the only strange thing. There’s also Eren.
Discover the work of Shaun Tan, illustrator extraordinaire.
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This is a book about the search for truth, happiness, and the power of emotion and experience to alter perception.
Gaiman’s third collection of short stories is an assortment of haunting encounters with the unsettling and the uncanny, with the secret other world that lies beneath our own.
Charlotte must traverse a land populated by shadows and monsters to save her brother…
Capital is the story of a country used and savaged by a brute capitalism, which has churned out a generation that is deeply divided. Weaving together more than a century of history with interviews, observations and family history, Dasgupta presents us with an intoxicating literary portrait of one of this century’s fastest-growing megalopolises.
A collection of poems in free verse and prose poetry reflecting the themes of family ties and family history, of relationships perceived and imagined.
The synopsis heralds Clair’s “heroic quest for purpose and belonging” as “the perfect literary epic for our uncertain times” – and it’s not wrong.
Jaded, chain-smoking Marcus Metiline gets out of bed, foggy-minded and beaten up, to carry out a mediation job for BelisCo, a company synonymous with all the latest breakthrough technology in San Jose. Chatting with the usual blonde waitress at Café Diem, Marcus has no idea that the day will lead to the unravelling of his entire world.
Group re-read of Harry Potter!
An anthology of ‘science fiction, fantasy and strange stories’ from Liars’ League, Weird Lies brings together a broad range of styles and themes in an array of delectable morsels.
A brief literary analysis of Ayn Rand’s novella.
Celebrate Banned Book Week by discovering your new favourite novels…
Eli Wilde’s collection of poetry is an enjoyable journey, accessible (rather than ‘high’ or dense) and simple to digest.
Info on Amanda Palmer’s upcoming debut, The Art of Asking or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help.
A few recommendations for fabulous summer reads, old style.
Welcome to Drumhellar, a weird and wonderful world of floating ghost cats and embryonic radio hosts.
Reviews of Adventure Time Volume 1 by Ryan North and friends, and Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake, written and illustrated by the glorious Natasha Allegri.
The story of two best buds making their way in the world.
Something has killed off all the men on Earth – well, almost all. As the last man alive, Yorick is humanity’s last hope – and the last of the patriarchy.
A review of a short story from the master of horror, M. R. James…
If you’re interested in the cuisine of Africa, the Caribbean or the Middle East (to list just a few regions), I would recommend this book very, very highly.
A review of John Green’s bestseller (and soon-to-be hit film) The Fault in Our Stars.