Mixed children’s books – spot the theme

I’ve been making my way through those children’s books I mentioned in a previous post. It’s been fun. I started with Gobbolino The Witch’s Cat by Ursula Moray Williams and found it totally different to my memory. Gobbolino is born a witch’s cat but wants to be a kitchen cat. He is left behind by […]

Vale: John Ryan creator of Captain Pugwash

I’ve just heard the news today of the passing of John Ryan, the creator of the fabulous Captain Pugwash, at the age of 88. It was while he was teaching art at Harrow School in the north west suburbs of London that he first drew Captain Pugwash as a comic strip. He had a bit […]

Richard Gordon – collection or not

Am I collecting Richard Gordon? It’s such a good question and I really don’t know. Let me ramble on about him for a bit and we’ll see where I end up. Starting with a search on Wikipedia, it’s the first place I go to when researching authors. A very interesting search it brings up a […]

Books with possible problems

I know this is old news as Skip McGrath blogged about it in May, but you should know by now that I don’t always give you this information at the time of publishing. You can look at his blog for further details, but basically he’s blogged about a guy in America who forged signatures of […]

The Moon in Science Fiction

Yes, I know I’m a little late, but better late than never. Landing on the moon in real life as opposed to science fiction was a massive step. It made so many people’s dreams come true and so many of us want to be in space and on the moon, I know I’m not alone […]

Doctor Who and being blogged

I’m sure you want to know what Doctor Who and me being blogged have to do with each other. Actually, to be honest, nothing at all. I only have a few words to say about both things and I’m going to talk about both of them today to make a longer blog. A few days […]

Authors from my childhood

I’ve recently picked up a box of books to sell. Some of them have been written by fabuloso authors from my childhood and I’ll be very excited to re-read some of them before I list them, it’s going to make for a very slow listing process. One of my favourite books of all time is […]

Dragon Slayer (The Story of Beowulf) – Rosemary Sutcliff

Beowulf is the ultimate in adventure stories it was written somewhere between the 8th and 12th centuries. The poem itself has 3,182 lines. I had heard of Beowulf and had even been read a brief except from it by my English Literature teacher a couple of years ago, but I’d never read the whole story […]