Hi, I’m Anna. Previously a Performing Arts Professional, I returned to my writing practice in 2017 and started this blog to document the journey. We are a family buried in books and this is the place where I share lots of our reading joy and a little of my writing!
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Our local libraries (Wirral Libraries) are now offering an order-and-collect service, which is fantastic for our book loving family and also the bank balance! Raise your hand if, like me, you spent all the money saved from staying home during lockdown on books!? Too tempting wasn’t it? Not to mention absolutely necessary of course! But… Continue Reading →
A short, sharp intake of breath. Then her small features all go to work. Eyes focus, brow furrows, and lips form a perfectly puckered pout through which her lungs can release their contents. Two fine full lungs let blow. Ten tiny fingers tightly clutch the stem as the seeds take flight. A swirl of life… Continue Reading →
RATING: 5/5 Oh my goodness…another book that had me welling up and smiling through life affirming heart surges! The Girl with the Dragon Heart is a truly magical book, in all senses of the word, and it caught me in its spell. BLURB: Once upon a time, in a beautiful city famous for chocolate and… Continue Reading →
Rating: 5/5 I definitely recommend this book to all Middle Grade readers -whether you fall into the age bracket or not (like me!) – particularly those who like a little heart felt fantasy. It’s a real page turner and beautifully told. Blurb (from Good Reads): All 12-year-old Marinka wants is a friend. A real friend…. Continue Reading →
She had always worn an underskirt. I remember them swaying in the breeze as they hung side by side on the washing line, crisp and white. Although they were much more than that. They were my sail on far flung adventures across the sea; the flag of my enemy surrendering at last. A beautiful veil… Continue Reading →
Rating 5/5 I’m writing this having just put the book down and therefore with a swelling heart, which is often (though not always) the case in the moments after I finish a good book. Time usually makes me a little more critical, but I’ll honour this book with a review from within its beautiful presence…. Continue Reading →
Who knew such joy could come from the sound of you chewing a banana. Your nose is a little stuffed and you breathe heavily between chews, sucking the air in through your mouth and out again. You’ve chosen my knee as your dining spot, and like a chair I cocoon you as you munch. Who… Continue Reading →
Rating 4/5 Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth is a beautiful book that kept me turning the pages without the overt use of cliffhangers and mystery. Not that it lacked these entirely. It was definitely full of action, adventure and uncertainty, it just didn’t require or position these in a manner… Continue Reading →
Harold Snow wiped his hands down his apron and admired his handiwork. Twelve perfectly sculpted gingerbread women smiled up at him, their sweet scent wrapping like a blanket around him. ‘Grandpa, Grandpa, are they done, are they done?’ cried Izzy. She ran to fetch her step, dragging it screeching across the floor, before climbing up beside… Continue Reading →
You may think this is trivial but trust me, if you were me you too would be sobbing as hard as I am right now on the kitchen floor. Oh yes, you too would be letting the snot, the tears, the saliva dribble freely, as the cool stone presses hard into your hands and knees,… Continue Reading →
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