Archive for May, 2019

The Dream of the Tortoise

Nyako Nakal

This is the story of a tortoise with very big dreams.


A Wonderful Read

The very first thing that needs to be mentioned is how beautiful the illustrations are in this book. I loved the detail a lot and just thought the whole picture book was absolutely stunning. It was definitely vibrant and is likely to be loved by adults and children alike. Secondly, I really loved this book. The story of a tortoise who just wants to swim but isn’t able to was just such an interesting book to read. I loved how she made friends along the way and how it all unfolded throughout. I especially loved how this book ends and I think it is such a lovely message for children too. Just because there are obstacles in our way, doesn’t mean that our dreams aren’t possible.

I would definitely recommend this book. I have a feeling that a lot of children will love the tortoise, her friends, and the journey that they all take to ensure that the Tortoise can fulfil her dreams!

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: April 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 36
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Children
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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Wolves at our Door

Soren Paul Petrek

The Allies and the Nazis are in a deadly race to develop the ultimate weapon while supersonic V-2 rockets rain down on London. Madeleine Toche and Berthold Hartmann, the German super assassin who taught her to kill, search for the secret factory where Werner von Braun and his Gestapos masters use slave labor to build the weapons as the bodies of the innocent pile up. The Allied ground forces push towards Berlin while the German SS fight savagely for each inch of ground.
Finding the factory hidden beneath Mount Kohnstein, Hartmann contacts his old enemy, Winston Churchill and summons Madeleine to his side. While she moves to bring the mountain down on her enemies, Hartmann leads a daring escape from the dreaded Dora concentration camp to continue his revenge against the monsters who ruined his beloved Germany.
Together with the Russian Nachtlexen, the Night Witches, fearsome female pilots the race tightens as the United States and the Germans successfully carry out an atomic bomb test.
Germany installs an atom bomb in a V-2 pointed towards London, while the US delivers one to a forward base in the Pacific. The fate of the Second World War and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.


An Addictive Read

A Review of Book one; Cold Lonely Courage

This is one book that I was pleasantly surprised by. As a lover of World War Two movies, the ones which showed how the women took care of the country while the men fought especially, this was a book that I really loved reading about it. It starts out a little slow to start with, jumping from different years and places to set the scene but once it gets going, it is incredibly difficult to put the book down. I thought that Madeleine Toche was a very strong, pleasing character to read about and I really enjoyed following her journey with her. And, let’s be honest, reading a story set in World War Two where a woman becomes a hired assassin – what more could you want?

While I did have a few issues with the book – such as how quickly Madeleine bounces back after something that happens to her and how she constantly feels okay to just talk about what happened – these were quite small and not enough to detract from my enjoyment of the book. I am definitely hooked on the story now and cannot wait to read the second book to find out what will happen to Madeleine next! So if you’re looking for an action-filled, woman empowering novel – definitely make sure you give this book a read!

Publisher: Encre Rouge
Publication Date: April 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages:
Genre: Thriller
Age: Adult
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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The Amazing Adventures of Wobblin’ Wobin

Tony Rocca

Meet Robin, or rather, Wobin: a metal garden ornament transported from England to the beautiful French Riviera. He’s lonely and can’t speak French. Neither can he fly, which is a bit unfortunate for a bird. This is his story about learning to fly and being brave.


Interview

with Tony Rocca

What is your favourite thing about writing books?
It’s being able to shut out the real world around me and escape to another place where I can let my imagination fly (literally so in the case of Wobblin’ Wobin).

Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
This has to be Wobin. He’s been bashed and beaten, unwanted and put up for sale on eBay, and then discovers he’s only of value to someone as a scarecrow. It’s all very demeaning for a once-proud little bird. He’s already conscious of a disadvantage, being unable to pronounce his “r’s”; but suddenly he is whisked off to a strange land where he can’t even speak the language, has no friends, and most embarrassingly has a fear of flying. When two turtle-doves and a lady blackbird take him under their wing, so to speak, a transformation occurs. He transcends his disadvantages and takes flights of fancy to discover the great destinations of the French Riviera. He is fearlessly cocky when faced with danger, and emerges in his true colours as a beautiful robin. I hope this theme of triumph over adversity will capture the imagination of children wherever they happen to live and they will want to visit for themselves some of the most beautiful places in France featured in the story.

What is your favourite drink to consume while writing?
Black coffee in the daytime. Our local aperitif, pastis, in the evening.

Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing?
Drinking two glasses of pastis in the evening. Or, I admit, three when writer’s block strikes.

How do you research your books?
I have lived on the Riviera, where the book is set, for more than 30 years so I am very familiar with the destinations concerned and have actually written travel pieces about them for The Sunday Times.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Very definitely a pantser. I like the spontaneity it affords and the freedom to go where the story takes me rather than stick to a specific plot. I know this is a dangerous road to take but I have a broad idea of the direction of travel and if I get stuck I can always U-turn and feel my way around the book another way.

If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why?
The happy childhood evoked by Swallows and Amazons, the adventures of children sailing, fishing, camping and exploring the Lake District from their little island. For me, growing up in the north of England, it was familiar territory, but Arthur Ransome managed to imbue it with something magical with references to Robinson Crusoe and turning plain old lemonade into ‘grog’ and tinned corned beef into ‘pemmican’. The story has survived remarkably through the generations from first publication in 1930 to the latest iteration, a film version three years ago. I also like the fact that the author used to be a journalist with what was then the Manchester Guardian. With the book’s initial success he gave up the newspaper business and concentrated on writing more in the series.

If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why?
Eeyore. He’s so depressed, gloomy and pessimistic I’d like to take the old donkey out of the House at Pooh Corner and cheer him up with a good dose of grog and pemmican on a Lakeland holiday. Wouldn’t that be fun!

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: April 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 182
Genre: Middle Grade
Age: Chrildren
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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Super Nutrition

Terry McIlroy

We have all uttered these phrases at one time or another:
“Your health is your wealth.”
“You are what you eat.”
Deep down, we all know, that what we choose to eat and drink has a massive impact on our health.
Confused about your nutritional needs? Not anymore! With a clear focus on sourcing the right ingredients, including condiments, herbs, spices & organic produce, we can all take advantage of, and unlock thepowerful nutrients within them, to try and ensure that we are not insufficient or deficient in any given vitamin, mineral, macro or micro-nutrient, whilst tryingto reduce our toxic load, thus easing the burden on our body’s natural ability to detoxify itself and restore homeostasis/balance. This book gives you the tools and knowledge to structure your diet and help you strive towards optimal health, with totally unique, delicious, health giving recipes, so you can enjoy the ride.
Start your new journey to health and happiness here NOW! Grab a copy of Super Nutrition today and take control of your health once and for all, shed those unwanted pounds, balance your blood sugars and heal your gut with nutritional therapy
Terry McIlroy has taken well-known, popular dishes and transformed them into nutrient dense powerhouse meals, just by making a few ingredient swaps with modern twists, such as his New Dehli Fritatta, Carrot Cake Smoothie, Mixed Mushroom, Almond & Tarragon Soup, Curried Quinoa Taboulleh Salad, Proper Spelt Bread, Southern Fried Chicken, Millionaires Shortbread and of course Fish ‘n’ Chips.


Interview

with Terry McIlroy

What inspired you to write Super Nutrition?
I was on a mission to discover what life is really all about,, why are we here,,what does it all mean? My own health issues lead me to realise that there had to be a cause, and my symptoms were the effect,,,, I looked closely at my diet and lifestyle and wondered if this was causing my ailments,,,,(persistent mouth ulcers and severe adult acne),, after visiting a nutritionist and following some of her instructions, I was convinced that my diet was playing a massive part in my health,,, I was hooked on this concept,,, and I decided to study nutrition,,, A short time into the 3 year course I knew that my calling was to create this book,,, as it was exactly the tool that nutritional therapists needed but didn’t have.

What is your favourite recipe in Super Nutrition?
I have to say that my New Delhi Fritatta is my favourite recipe.

What do you think is the most important part of Super Nutrition?
The most important part of Super Nutrition is the message of sourcing the correct ingredients which pack the broad spectrum nutritional punch.

What did you enjoy the most while writing this book?
I enjoyed the creativity of producing each and every recipe, which I believe are all totally unique, interesting, health giving and packed full of flavour.

Do you have another book in the works?
Not at the moment, however, I do have another concept in mind for my second book,,, or I may create a second edition with my new ideas incorporated

What are your favourite recipe books at the moment? (aside from yours)
Jamie Oliver Super Foods and series, ,,, and Rawsome

If you had to eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would you choose and why?
As a chef I have one favourite dish, “ Surf N Turf,,,, Grilled Fillet of Beef, Garlic Butter Poached Langoustines, Duck Fat Maris Piper Chips with Petit Pois a La Francais”

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: May 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 216
Genre: Non-Fiction
Age: Adults
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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Ting-A-Ling: The Old Ambulance

Harry Goldstar

Welcome to the world of Ting-a-Ling. The friendliest old ambulance there ever was. With line drawn illustrations for YOU to colour in helping you to familiarise yourself personally, with Ting-a-Ling, his owner and restorer Alf, his mum, and Mr .Grimsby the boss of the big ambulance station. Open the cover and jump into a whole NEW world of ambulance stories and adventures.
Designed in a quirky style encompassing story telling entertainment colouring and education suitable for both younger readers and adults alike. Truly an all in one compendium. Just like the filling in a sandwich, the best bit’s inside.
Simple and easy to read. The stories are written with a smattering of comical northern dialect in bite size chapters so as not to be taxing on the brain.
Have difficulty in reading? Written by a dyslexic who knows what a struggle it can be. This book really is here to help YOU!
If Ting-a-Ling had wings I would say welcome to the flying start. This book is the first in a series in the making where you will meet Ting-a-Ling and his friends.
TRY ME. If not for yourself. Think of someone else. Possibly a little person who the stories are written for.
You will love Ting-a-Ling. EVERYONE does!


A Lovely Book

Ting-A-Ling: The Old Ambulance is a book which contains two different stories and both are incredibly cute and well worth the read. The premise of the stories is that an old ambulance is found and then brought back to life. The stories then detail how the ambulance becomes helpful to the community. It is full of wonderful descriptions of the ambulance’s bells and really shows true community spirit throughout the books as well. It was a lovely read and one that I definitely believe that young children would really enjoy.

As mentioned above the book doesn’t have any colour in which means that as well as having a fun story, the kids also get a fun activity from the book, which is always a little bit more fun. I can definitely see my niece enjoying this book being read to her and then being able to imagine what colours she wants the ambulance to have.

On top of that, I also think the book is one that would easily be read over and over again. And it works having the two stories in one book as you can finish one story one day and then pick up the book and read the next story the next evening. I would definitely be interested in hearing further adventures that the ambulance goes on as well. I think this book would appeal to any child that enjoys Thomas the Tank Engine books as well, as it has the similar feel of a vehicle having fun and helping out with his community.

So if you’re looking for something new, fun and a book that encourages children to look at what they could help fix and re-turn to life – make sure you give this book a try!

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication Date: May 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 50
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Children
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Review Copy
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