The Friend in the Words

The Friend in the Words

  When I was heading toward adolescence, and having a difficult time with home, school and myself, my dear Auntie Barbara gave me ‘The Friend in Your Mirror‘. There were many times I didn’t know what was wrong with me, or how to act. It was like...
Jane Austen 200 Years Later

Jane Austen 200 Years Later

This week Britain remembers the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, one of the most well loved and best respected writers. I remember my first full Austen, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, and my surprise that this book was actually ‘readable’; it was approachable,...
Are We Nearly There Yet?

Are We Nearly There Yet?

Shh! Some schools have broken up for summer, while others have a week remaining, only! While the duration of my school holiday may have seemed unendurable to my parents, it seemed to whisk by in a flash for me as a child, and again, when I taught. Already, friends and...
Where all the biggest questions meet

Where all the biggest questions meet

Near the top of my travel wish list is Prince Edward Island, a determined destination since I read Lucy Maud Montgomery’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ series. I loved the stories when younger, but as I grew slightly older, I appreciated Anne’s dilemma anew; empathising in...

Summertime and the reading is ready

The problem with selling books that you love is that when it comes to choosing from them, it’s like deciding on your best friend. In this case, the ‘best friends’ I’ve selected from the Bookwagon bookshop are those that fit a long, hot summer...