I used to host a blog that reviewed historical fiction. It was great fun but it had started to become a heavy burden. I found myself reading round the clock to fit in a review a week. In the end, after more than fifty reviews and several interviews and news items, I reluctantly had to give it up. Instead I have joined the review panel over at An Awfully Big Blog Adventure, and I shall also be posting reviews here.
As an author myself, I know the pain and hard work that goes into nurturing and working on an idea from conception to fruition. It’s not just authors and illustrators who suffer for their art. There are agents, editors, book designers, marketing people, bookshop owners too. All take a gamble when producing a book. So if I read a book and I don’t like it, I just don’t review it. That means if I include a book here, it’s because I think it’s great and I’m doing my little bit to spread the word about it.
Here is a list of all my reviews, in alphabetical order by title.
The Adventures of Achilles – by Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden
The Cat And The Fiddle, a Treasury of Nursery Rhymes – by Jackie Morris
Great Joy – Kate DiCamillo
I Am Cat – by Jackie Morris
I Am the Great Horse – by Katherine Roberts
Katie and the Starry Night – by James Mayhew
The Lion Who Stole My Arm – by Nicola Davies
The Magic Bojabi Tree – by Dianne Hofmeyr and Piet Grobel
Mr Birdsnest and the House Next Door – Julia Donaldson
The Poisoned Honey Cake – by Caroline Lawrence
Room for a Little One – by Martin Waddell
The Sewer Demon – by Caroline Lawrence
Titanic, Death on the Water – by Tom and Tony Bradman
Troll Wood – by Kathryn Cave and Paul Hess
Two Nests – by Laurence Anholt and Jim Coplestone
Viking Boy – by Tony Bradman