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Down The Rabbit Hole: let’s talk about books, baby

Children's and YA makes up almost 25% of the UK book market. It receives one fortieth of the coverage that adult fiction does in mainstream media. This is bonkers. Instead of just shouting 'This is bonkers!' and putting her feet up (like me), the very wonderful Katherine Woodfine of Booktrust decided to do something about… Continue reading Down The Rabbit Hole: let’s talk about books, baby

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Fuel

Like most Brits, I've been filling in my census form this week. (What is your job title? WRITER. Briefly describe what you do (did) in your main job. WRITING.)  I dithered more over the 'how many hours a week do you work in this employment?' question. In the last two weeks, I've written barely 500… Continue reading Fuel

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The face behind the book

My sister once sent a fan letter to Anne McCaffrey. She received, to her amazement, a typed reply (and I mean typed, with awkward spacing and ribbon smudge: this must've been ~1985) answering each of her 20 questions in turn, clearly from Anne herself. I remember being impressed, jealous, but mostly confused. I liked books,… Continue reading The face behind the book