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I went to Malaga for my holidays last year. Half way through my daughter sent me a text, asking what I’d been doing during the day. ‘And don’t tell me you visited a graveyard,’ she added.  Busted!  She knew me too well – I’d spent that morning wandering round the English Cemetery on the edge of the city. […]

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Mr Gaiman’s Obligations

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Reading Agency’s annual lecture at the Barbican in London yesterday. Neil Gaiman was the guest speaker and he was every bit as erudite and inspirational as you’d expect from one of the literary icons of our generation. Casually dressed in black, there is more than a […]

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Deary, deary me…

What’s that saying? A week is a long time in politics? It’s a long time in the book world, too.  This time last Saturday I was blogging  about National Libraries Day and what a fun time I’d had celebrating it. Soon after that, on Twitter, Fiona Dunbar was  ‘tweeted’ by a woman saying she’d seen […]

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My favourite books of the year…

I haven’t read as many books as I should have this year but those I have read have been top notch.  These are some of my favourite children’s ones: The Death Defying Pepper Roux by Geraldine McCaughrean (Oxford)  A fast and funny romp of an adventure. Brilliant. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (Harper Collins)  Loved […]

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