Books

Category: "Books"

  1. Do you know your 'real' Dad?

    With Father’s Day approaching in many countries of the world, I have been reflecting on my life as Dad to my daughter who has just celebrated her 11th birthday this month. I can't believe it is June already, and I certainly can't believe she is into her 12th year. Time flies by and it seems to fly by even quicker...

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  2. Interpreting the stories in 'The Book Of Upside Down Thinking' by Brian Patten

    Brian Patten, author of the beautiful The Book Of Upside Down Thinking, joins us once again as a guest on the blog to give us a further insight into his magical new collection of humorous and thought-provoking verse, in this post looking at interpreting the stories. There is no one interpretation or ‘meaning’ to a Djuha story and there are hundreds of stories. The first ones...

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  3. The inspiration behind 'The Book Of Upside Down Thinking' by Brian Patten

    Acclaimed poet Brian Patten, author of the beautiful The Book Of Upside Down Thinking, joins us as a guest on the blog to give us an insight into the inspiration behind this magical new collection of humorous and thought-provoking verse. Written in Morocco The Book of Upside Down Thinking was inspired by folk-stories from the Near and Middle East that...

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  4. How to build your own storytelling empire

    Except for a fortuitous few, writers used to tell tales of desperation and poverty as they clawed their way up the greasy ladder to become a published author. Kerri Littlefield considers how things have changed. Enter ‘The Storyteller’… With the London Book Fair celebrating it’s 45 year anniversary this week, it’s astonishing to reflect on how the book industry has...

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  5. An emoji can’t replace a hug

    We got quite excited when we were asked to be a National Unplugging Day partner. We were keen to help parents encourage their children to switch off their gadgets and see the benefits of spending more time engaging with their families, friends and nature, in the way ourJournals of a Lifetime do. Little did we realise that it’s us parents...

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  6. Bookshops hope ‘super Thursday’ will help start a new chapter for publishing …

    Thursday 9th October has been dubbed ‘super Thursday’ by bookshops as the big titles go on sale in the race for the Christmas bestseller … and bookshops are hoping to cash in as they try to fight back against the ever decreasing business most are seeing. At from you to me I also think it is a ‘super Thursday’ as...

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  7. Need a little 'Me' time this summer

    Need a little 'Me' time this summer
    If you need a little 'Me' time this summer we thought we would offer all our friends, and friends of friends, a little incentive to give yourself an hour or so of peace whilst your kids are fully occupied with 'Rant & Rave about My Holiday'. See image for full offer to 'school's out for summer' - available until 23rd August or while...

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  8. WORLD BOOK DAY - 13 Reasons Why I Will Always Buy Books

    WORLD BOOK DAY - 13 Reasons Why I Will Always Buy Books
    Last week was half term and my daughter and I spent a very enjoyable day in a local bookshop doing activities whilst browsing and buying a load of new books from her current two favourite authors Chris Riddell and Fleur Hitchcock.  Today is World Book Day and it got me thinking about why I love books and would never want...

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  9. Pick of the best Christmas gifts

    Pick of the best Christmas gifts
    Our guest blogger and valued customer, Gemma Edwards of Gifts4Gifts.com, shares her Christmas excitement with us, and picks her top three Christmas gifts...It's that time of year when we see signs of Christmas around us: shop windows aglow, advert jingles, and glistening lights against the night sky. It’s enough to get us excited about the winter festivities.  I want to share...

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  10. 'Being Human' - the ability to love

    'Being Human' - the ability to love
    A nice relaxing drive to a business meeting. Latte to hand, cruising in the slow lane, radio on. Before long I’m blinking giant tears and letting out involuntary sobs. I’m moved by an interview with the journalist Robert Peston, where the BBC’s business editor explains that, for him, ‘being human’ is defined by the ability to love.Peston lost his wife...

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