• Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman

  • The Hobbit | JRR Tolkien

  • Pride & Prejudice & Zombies | Seth Grahame-Smith

  • A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald | Natasha Lester

  • The Marriage of Opposites | Alice Hoffman

  • Painting The Roses Red| Lewis Carroll’s Alice

  • Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald | Therese Anne Fowler

  • The Midnight Dress | Karen Foxlee

  • The Probable Future | Alice Hoffman

  • The Miniaturist | Jessie Burton

  • Teacup Barton Cottages from Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

  • Hansel & Gretel by the Brothers Grimm

  • This is Halloween….

  • The Tailor’s Girl | Fiona McIntosh

  • Evergreen Falls by Kimberley Freeman

  • Reading Chair Cookies

  • Snow White by the Brothers Grimm

  • Longbourn by Jo Baker

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle

  • Bitter Greens, Kate Forsyth

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

  • Lost and Found, Brooke Davis

  • The Little Mermaid, Hans Christian Andersen

  • Bitter Greens, Kate Forsyth

  • Remarkable Creatures, Tracy Chevalier

Grief and Sunshine in Brooke Davis’ Lost and Found

Brooke Davis wrote Lost and Found as a way to deal with her own grief after the loss of her mother. The result is a funny, bittersweet novel about working out how to live in the world after you have been touched by grief. Millie is a gorgeous confection of humour, sweetness and gentle curiosity. She will break your heart… Read more…

The Lobster Quadrille – Alice in Wonderland

One of my favourite chapters in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is the Lobster Quadrille – the chapter where the Mock Turtle recounts his early childhood days of living under the sea. Gardner tells us that, ‘The Quadrille, a kind of square dance in five figures, was one of the most difficult ballroom dances fashionable at the time Carroll wrote his tale…’ Read more…

Sacrifice and Identity in Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid is a world-famous tale by Hans Christan Andersen about an innocent young mermaid who longs for something different -the world of human beings. She strikes a bargain with a sea witch to achieve her goal. It is a story of independence and identity, love and loss, and like many fairy tales, it is open to many interpretations…. Read more…

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