Not Suitable for Grown ups? David Almond
David Almond’s latest book, published simultaneously for adults and children is written entirely phonetically in the voice of Billy Dean, “a secrit shy & thick & tungtied emptyheded thing”. For teenagers, bilingual in textspeak, this is not a problem but adults, particularly the linguistic pedants amongst us (am I alone in wanting to give pre-nup spelling tests to...
There must be no computer, phone or iAnything, naturally. Did Edgar Allan Poe...– Chris Priestley on writing horror…
Tales from under the counter
“Do you have a sticker book about clock making for a 3 year old ?” NO.
Review: Let's Make Some Great Art
Just looking at the title makes me feel anxious: Let’s Make Some Great Art. It’s that exhortive “Let’s” which makes you immediately think Let’s Not. (Let’s Talk About Sex; Let’s Have Fun with Maths - these are not conducive book titles). But putting aside my own hang ups, this is a fabulous book - though it might not look quite so good when...
Reviewers' dirty secrets: "Do you read them all?"
I think the answer to that is pretty obvious, looking at the mountains of review copies obliterating every surface in my office - I would not have a life, let alone a critical faculty, if I did. “So how do you decide which ones to review?” The disappointing answer to this is: the same way as most people select a book in a shop - judge it by its cover. I will then do random spot...