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Blog tour: Clytemnestra's Bind

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Welcome to the blog tour for Clytemnestra's  Bind  by Susan C Wilson ! More about the book… Queen  Clytemnestra's world shatters when Agamemnon, a rival to the throne of Mycenae, storms her palace, destroys her family and claims not only the throne but  Clytemnestra herself. Tormented by her loss, she vows to do all she can to protect the children born from her unhappy marriage to Agamemnon. But when her husband casts his ruthless gaze towards the wealthy citadel of Troy, his ambitions threaten to once more destroy the family  Clytemnestra loves. From one of Greek mythology's most reviled characters - a woman who challenged the absolute power of men - comes this fiery tale of power, family rivalry and a mother's burning love. More about the author… Susan C Wilson is a working-class Scottish writer. Her lifelong passion for ancient Greece was ignited as a child by stumbling across stories of gods and heroes in the dictionary. She loves to explore what makes us human: the

Blog tour: Peas on Earth

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Welcome to the blog tour for Peas on Earth  by Huw Lewis Jones, illustrated by Ben Sanders! More about the book… In this festive edition, Bad Apple faces his greatest challenge yet: it’s Christmas day and everyone is just so ... jolly. Granny Smith’s carol singing and Pineapple’s incessant dancing are grating  to say  the least, but it’s  the cheery arrival  of  Pea and his extended family that pushes Bad Apple over  the edge. It’s beginning  to feel a lot like Christmas ... but how long can  the  Peas last? More about the author and illustrator… Huw Lewis Jones is a polar-exploring author and historian who lives  in Cornwall, UK. His books include Explorers’ Sketchbooks,  The Writer’s Map and Archipelago (all Thames & Hudson). Ben Sanders is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer based  in Ballarat, Australia. He is  the author and illustrator  of  I’ve an Uncle Ivan and I Could Wear That Hat! (both Thames & Hudson Australia). My impressions… This is the latest add

Blog tour: From the Library with Love (podcast review)

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Welcome to the blog tour for the podcast From the Library with Love by Kate Thompson! More about the podcast… Wonderful, transformative things happen when you set foot in a library. In 2019, Kate Thompson uncovered the true story of a forgotten Underground library, built along the tracks of Bethnal Green Tube tunnel during the Blitz. As stories go, it was irresistible and the result was, The Little Wartime Library, her seventh novel. Bethnal Green Public Library, where the novel is set, was 100 years old in October 2022, and to celebrate the centenary of this grand old lady, funded by library philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the author set herself the challenge of interviewing 100 library workers. Speaking with one library worker for every year this library has been serving its community seemed a good way to mark this auspicious occasion. Because who better to explain the worth of a hundred-year-old library, than librarians themselves! Her research led her to librarians with over fifty

Blog tour: Do Penguins Like The Cold?

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Welcome to the blog tour for Do Penguins Like The Cold? by Huw Lewis Jones and Sam Caldwell! More about the book… In this entertaining and highly informative book, polar-explorer Huw Lewis Jones and nature illustrator Sam Caldwell take readers on an intrepid field trip to Antarctica and beyond to discover the secret life of penguins. Journeying throughout the Southern Hemisphere to incredible locations including Argentina, Australia, Chile, the Galápagos Islands, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru and South Africa, Do Penguins Like the Cold? introduces readers to the 18 species of penguin and the conservation work underway to protect them and their habitats. More about the author and illustrator… Huw Lewis Jones is a polar-exploring author and naturalist who is lucky to have met many animals in  the wild. He is Associate Professor at Falmouth University, teaching natural history, and has written history books about photography, icebergs, mountains and maps. He is also the author of the  Bad

Blog tour: If I Had A Polar Bear

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Welcome to the blog tour for If I Had A Polar Bear  by Gabby Dawnay! More about the book… What would it be like to have a polar bear as a pet? It might be an unconventional choice, but it would be sure to give the best bear hugs... Polar bears are cuddly but they're also very strong. As marine mammals, they can swim for days at a time – that's serious perseverance! So if Santa ever needed help delivering his presents, guess who he would call? Join our funny female protagonist as she wonders 'what would life be like... if I had a polar bear?' More about the author… Gabby Dawnay is a writer and poet. She is a regular contributor to OKIDO magazine and a script-writer for children’s television. Alex Barrow, a London-based illustrator, is the art director for and a regular contributor to OKIDO magazine. Alex and Gabby are the duo behind children’s picture books If I had a dinosaur, A House for Mouse and A Song for  Bear , all published by Thames & Hudson. My impressions

Blog tour: The Weatherman

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Welcome to the blog tour for The Weatherman  by Royston Reeves! More about the book… Will’s a nice guy. So when he takes a shortcut to the tube station after a few beers with his mates from work, he steps out of the way of the fellow who’s staggering towards him. But he – deliberately – moves back into his path. They knock each other as they pass. Moments later one man is dead and another’s life is changed forever. Or is it? There are no CCTV cameras. There was no one else in the out-of-the-way alley. Maybe the world doesn’t have to end for Will after all. But there’s always someone watching . . . and Will’s life is about to implode. More about the author… Royston Reeves is a psychological thriller writer from Essex, England After spending years in advertising writing TV scripts, newspaper ads and billboards, Royston’s first novel, The Weatherman , will be published in November 2023. Reeves is the Head of Strategy for JOE Media and he currently lives in the Kent countryside with his wi

Blog tour: Emma and Bob

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Welcome to the blog tour for Emma and Bob by Ágnes Horváth! More about the book… You are perfect and wonderful just the way you are! And the key to your life is in your hands. Don’t know what that means? You can live a joyful and full life. You can calm your emotional storms and the thoughts swirling in your head. You can find deep peace even when you are hurt or grieving. Don’t know how? Let the story of Emma and Bob guide you. Thanks to their curiosity, Emma and Bob’s ordinary holiday becomes extraordinary. In addition to enjoying time at the beach, in the forest and at home, Gran explains to them ‘the endless cycle of life’ and the importance of ‘self-kindness’, ‘positive thinking’, ‘listening to your heart’ and ‘being present’. You can learn these too, just open your mind and heart. You’ll find that even simple things like breathing, a sandcastle, half a glass of lemonade or a little flower can teach you things about yourself and life that you may have never heard before. More abou

Blog tour: Once Upon A Thousand Hills

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Welcome to the blog tour for Once Upon A Thousand Hills by Wendy Skorupski! More about the book… Naomi Lieberman has flown the nest of her hometown in Liverpool to seek the bright lights of London. Despite having aspirations and a degree in forensic science, Naomi finds herself working as a sales assistant at a sex shop in Soho. This is just one of many shameful secrets she has to hide from her Orthodox Jewish family and childhood sweetheart, Ephraim. Facing up to the disappointing realities of her life Naomi is desperate to find meaning and purpose.  On a whim she signs up as a volunteer at a local refugee centre where her path soon crosses with that of John Paul Chambers. John Paul is head of English at a private college and the manager of the refugee centre. He is arrogant, aloof, and still trying to free himself from the emotional curse of the genocide in Rwanda that orphaned him twenty years earlier. When John Paul interviews the centre’s latest flighty volunteer, neither he nor