Travel photo of the week

Friday Flashback to: February 2011, my first time in New Zealand. I’d flown over to the South Island from Australia in January, and after a few days exploring Christchurch (at that time recovering from the first of two severe earthquakes), I met up with Pierre and Tor and we hired a campervan to drive around … Read more Travel photo of the week

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Travel Photo of the Week

With Chinese New Year just gone (恭喜發財!), I thought I’d show you one of the most amazing places I’ve ever spent Chinese New Year in: Huángshān (Yellow Mountains), in southern Anhui province in China. Three years ago I was a teaching assistant at a school in Nanjing, and I decided to spend part of the week off that … Read more Travel Photo of the Week

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Article preview: Sun Wukong, or The Monkey King

It’s almost the Year of the Monkey, and to begin the celebrations early, I have an article about my favourite adaptations of the Monkey King stories up soon on Fantasy Faction! Keep an eye out… In the meantime, feast your eyes on the brilliant art from Ian McQue in the featured picture, and have a … Read more Article preview: Sun Wukong, or The Monkey King

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Travel photo of the week

New weekly feature: travel photo of the week, in which I choose a great picture that I’ve taken and tell you the story behind it. Recently I realised that although I have a huge number of pictures from the four years I was out of the country, not many people have actually seen them. It … Read more Travel photo of the week

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Criticism, Reviews, Diversity and Power Dynamics in the publishing world

Earlier today, Jim posted a great blog post about critical reviews and calling out problematic things in books: Criticism, Reviews and Diversity The reaction to it has been largely positive, and that’s a great thing. Of course we can write negative reviews, should we choose to do so. Of course we can point out things … Read more Criticism, Reviews, Diversity and Power Dynamics in the publishing world

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Batman vs Superman; or, Misery Loves Company

Last week the trailer for Batman vs Superman was released. Coming in straight after the second Star Wars VII trailer, you could say it was a fan’s wet dream week, and yet the difference in tone and overall quality is quite something. The second Star Wars VII trailer was an exercise in nostalgia and fanservice … Read more Batman vs Superman; or, Misery Loves Company

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books for Readers Who Like Teenagers F***ing Up The Patriarchy

Last Sunday was International Working Women’s Day, hurrah! Not surprisingly, when someone mentioned that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a pick-your-own-topic: ‘Books for Readers Who Like ______’, my mind went immediately to feminism. ‘Books for Readers Who Like Teenagers Effing Up The Patriarchy!!’ I shouted on Twitter. ‘I love it!’ Twitter yelled back (well, … Read more Top Ten Tuesday: Books for Readers Who Like Teenagers F***ing Up The Patriarchy

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Murder Most Unladylike & Arsenic For Tea, by Robin Stevens

  When I was younger, my go-to author for a jolly good time was Enid Blyton. Her boarding school novels were favourites of mine, and though as an adult I’ve come to realise that boarding schools are refuges of the rich and overprivileged and the result of a ludicrously unequal class system somewhat archaic, there’s something … Read more Murder Most Unladylike & Arsenic For Tea, by Robin Stevens

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A Song for Ella Grey, by David Almond

“Maybe it was all because we were young, and because being young is like being mad. Maybe just being human, at any age, is a bit like being mad. But maybe the best things that we do, and the best things that we are, come from madness.” One of the conversations that has gained much … Read more A Song for Ella Grey, by David Almond

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The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

My first read of 2015 arrived with high expectations and excited fanfare from the internet. Lisa Williamson’s debut, about transgender teens struggling their way through school, came to the shop I work in borne upon waves of Twittersphere support and wrapped in a striking, fantastically designed cover by Alice Todd. Needless to say, I pounced … Read more The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

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