Friday, 20 December 2013

Christmas Wishes

Christmas is just round the corner – the mince pies are in the oven and a large slice of stollen is beckoning me.

I’ve had a lovely early Christmas present – an invitation to participate in the Edinburgh International Book festival in August next year. I’ll know more in the New Year.

So wishing all my blog readers a very merry Christmas. I hope you all gets lots of lovely books!

See you all in 2014.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Books For Chrismas

It’s that time of year again. Everyone is running around wondering what to buy for nephews and nieces, parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles. And what better presents to buy than books.

Now obviously I’m going to say – “buy my book”. Red Rock would be the perfect present for your child or grandchild, nephew or niece. An exhilarating adventure set in an all too possible future. You can find out more about it here.

But even if you’re not buying for children there’s a wealth of books available to suit all tastes.

Perhaps you are looking for something for your mother or aunt? Then why not buy them Ninepins by Rosy Thornton, a beautifully evocative fenland tale, or anything by Natasha Solomons for old world charm.

Buying books for men can be so much harder – so how about something by Brian Clegg, a prolific author of some excellent popular science books, or if you know someone attuned to nature either of Neil Ansell’s books would go down well.

Another gem of a novel I discovered this year was The Universe versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extense, and if you’re buying someone a kindle and they like a bit gothic horror then why not load it up before hand with By the Sea by Henry Gee. Or, if you like a bit of romance with your zombies try Waking up Dead by Emma Shortt.

So buy everyone books this Christmas – make everyone happy – including your local bookshops and the authors.

Do have any books you would like to recommend this Christmas? Do let me know in the comments below – I still have a few presents left to buy!