Sunday, 27 December 2015

It is Sunday December 27th and the third holiday for Christmas.
Tomorrow is officially Boxing Day although many shops were open for business on Saturday. In spite of pouring rain the Sales were in full swing and I enjoyed dipping into my new book token at W H Smith’s where I bought a charming little book that I would otherwise have handled and admired but put   back on the shelf.
It is: - A GUINEA PIG.
Pride and Prejudice

Its illustrations are delightful as well as hilarious, the story reduced to a brief paragraph on each page.
In total contrast my second choice is classed as Thrilling; Completely Riveting; a Rollercoaster.
It is Kimberley McCreight’s  Where They Found Her. Can't wait to start it.

I hope you have all enjoyed Christmas as much as I have with good company, presents and cards. One late card especially pleased me because some kind person had written a message on the envelope. 
Delivered to Derbyshire in error.  Please redirect.
Happy Christmas Mrs Elgey.
 If by any strange quirk this happened to be you then many thanks. It really made me smile.

Happy New Year to all you unknown friends across the world, especially so many in USA.
 I do appreciate your interest in my Blog and hope you will continue to read it in the coming year.  Very best wishes to you all as well as to my friends in the 
British Isles.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

David Almond, the well-known author of "Skellig" (1998) as well as many other novels, has just been awarded the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize with his latest novel, "Song for Ella Grey".

He was interviewed on Radio 4 this morning - not because of his success but because a lady was complaining that she bought the book for her grandchildren (young teenagers) but had returned it to the shop after reading the story herself.  She said that it ought to have been classed as Young Adult not Teenage. Its contents were unsuitable for younger children.
This developed into a discussion into what is being read by 12 year olds and how children vary in their ability to understand and enjoy literature.

David Almond's voice took me back a lot of years to an evening with Wear Valley Writers when he was the visiting speaker.  He showed us his manuscript of Skellig with the hope that it might be published!  Some time later he returned with the Carnegie medal it had won for him.
He passed the medal round the group and we were able to hold it and dream of success for ourselves even if it never reached quite such dizzying heights.