Book Reviews

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


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