Books

5 April 2022

Author Maggie Ballinger discusses her new novel James the Third

Female first? Not if you were a member of the royal family. When it came to inheriting the crown, ‘male-preference primogeniture’ applied, which meant that younger sons always took precedence ...

5 April 2022

Susie Coreth discusses Out of Isolation: A Charity Anthology raising money to support Shout 85258

Over the course of the last two years, I have had many conversations during which people spoke about how they or someone they knew had been struggling with increased depression ...

5 April 2022

First Contact Day: Six books which focus on aliens, UFOs, and the unknown

First Contact Day celebrates the fictional event from the Star Trek series, in which the Vulcans first made contact with humans on April 5th, 2063. Despite this being a franchise-based ...
5 April 2022

What does it mean to be a dangerous woman in 2022? by Professor Jo Shaw, author of Dangerous Women

As Russia’s war on Ukraine dominates the headlines, remarkable images of women have sprung up on social media. Lesya Vorotnyk, a ballerina in the National Opera of Ukraine, went viral ...

5 April 2022

Trevor Millum shares his family’s gardening connection to the children's classic, The Secret Garden

In March 1907, Frances Hodgson Burnett received this note and an accompanying gift. ‘We one and all are taking the liberty to wish you health wealth and every happiness and ...

5 April 2022

Seven things you need to know about Emotional Inheritance by author Galit Atlas

1. Emotional inheritance is the transmission of emotions from generation to generation. In studying the intergenerational transmission of trauma we investigate how our ancestors’ unprocessed emotions, especially trauma, are passed down ...

5 April 2022

Why painting makes me happy by Terry Runyan, author of Painting Happiness

Watercolour is an amazing way to express creativity. Creativity is the expression of joy, movement and flow. Each time I create a painting there is a new unseen mystery unfolding. ...

4 April 2022

Seven things you need to know before you visit Berlin, by Catherine Hokin

To celebrate the release of her new novel, The Pilot's Girl, we asked author Catherine Hokin to write us an exclusive piece all about the place in which the book ...

4 April 2022

Review: Dilly Carter's Create Space: Declutter Your Home To Clear Your Mind

Most people will recognise Dilly Carter as the straight talking organiser from BBC’s hit decluttering show Sort Your Life Out with Stacey Solomon. This is how Dilly first appeared on ...
31 March 2022

The detrimental impact of loneliness and what we can do about it by Dr Holan Liang

Loneliness is known to be associated with physical and mental illnesses, including high blood pressure, poor sleep, dementia, depression, suicidal ideation and even premature death. A study of the impact ...
31 March 2022

How being an outsider has shaped my novels by Bryony Pearce, author of Little Rumours

I grew up in a Forces family, which meant I’d been to eight schools by the time I was twelve. Forces kids tend to go one of two ways: either ...

31 March 2022

Saga Fiction: Why we shouldn’t be turning our nose up at the historical genre by Judy Summers

Here’s a question: Why is an event or emotion significant if it happens to a man on a battlefield and unimportant if it happens to a woman in her own ...

31 March 2022

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Joanna Toye

I always have more than one book on the go – as a reader, not as a writer! Currently it’s Raymond Chandlers The High Window - one of the lesser-known ...

26 March 2022

Samantha Greene Woodruff: Six things I learned about lobotomy while writing The Lobotomist’s Wife

-  1. People may have suspected a connection between the physical brain and emotional behavior as far back as the Stone Age. Archeological findings from the prehistoric era indicate early ...

26 March 2022

Dark Stars review: A beautifully scary collection of tales from horror’s best writers

Many may be used to witnessing horror stories unfold on the big screen, but if they were to look towards books, and this one in particular, there wouldn’t be much ...

25 March 2022

How writing my memoir helped me to overcome my family's horrific past, by Anne-Christine Witzgall

My memoir, Freeing Rapunzel: Finding Peace After Trauma in a Divided Homeland, is the story of abuse within a household that echoed what my home nation, Germany, had inflicted on ...

24 March 2022

Author Genevieve Jenner: How depression inspired the love of cooking behind my new book

When I was 21, I experienced an incredible depressive episode. I wasn’t new to depression. I have what amounts to a 99 year lease with depression and anxiety. Thankfully it ...

22 March 2022

The importance of self-validation and how we can begin to validate our own experiences

By Eloise Allen It’s all too easy to say to ourselves how we should be feeling, or to tell ourselves we shouldn’t be feeling a certain way. We often hold ...
22 March 2022

The End Of Paradise: An Interview With Author Carl Borgen

Said to date back to the last ice age and beyond, the Bock Saga could possibly be the world’s oldest creation myth. Now respected Bock Saga historian and author Carl ...
22 March 2022

Why you should read a whodunnit even if it's not your preferred genre by Jacqueline Winspear

During the past couple of years, a time when people have been separated from family and friends by repeated lockdowns, I became curious about the number of messages I received ...

21 March 2022

Author of Before the Dawn, Emma Pass shares seven things she'd like her readers to know about her

7 things I'd like my readers to know about me… hmm, that's a tricky one! I'm rubbish at making decisions at the best of times, but after a lot of ...

21 March 2022

Anne Jones explains how to heal the scars on your mind, spirit and body caused by past traumas

If you are troubled by fears and anxiety, have emotional outbursts and find it difficult to reach your goals, you may be holding imprints and scars from your past. Imprints ...

21 March 2022

Author of When the Clouds Come, Drew Povey shares how to ride out the storm when things get tough

Lets be honest - the clouds are going to come. They're not all going to rain on your parade and neither do they all have silver linings, but they are ...

21 March 2022

Author of Dog Days, Ericka Waller shares how dogs inspired her novel

All my happiest childhood memories involve a dog. My aunt’s dog, Sandy, who let me share his basket. My dad’s dog, Jess, who let me hold her hour-old pups. Growing ...