Vale: Margaret Mahy

No Mondayitis today, just a short vale to a great author. Margaret Mahy was a much loved New Zealand author, she died yesterday in Christchurch after a short illness at the age of 76. While I don’t recall reading any of her books I have had them in my hands and know her name quite […]

Vale – Ray Bradbury

It is with much regret the people in this household heard the news about Ray Bradbury’s passing this morning. It is not the best news to wake up to. 91 was a good innings, though, we don’t all get to be 91 years old. Ray Bradbury pierced the hearts and minds of so many generations […]

Vale: Jean Craighead George

Jean Craighead George was a wonderful author, she wrote about 100 novels and died on the 15th May 2012 at the age of 92. To my great shame I’ve only read one of her books but it’s on my list of books I recommend to all ages. My Side of the Mountain is about a […]

Squid Ink goes Wild

Poor Squid Ink, he’s in mourning for a wonderfully talented author and artist. Maurice Sendak died on the 8th May 2012, not that long ago but it’s taken time for Squid Ink to feel able to let me publish this little tribute to him.

Vale: Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak was the author and illustrator of books for children. His most famous work, Where the Wild Things Are, has given generations of children much pleasure and will continue to do so for some time. I know I’m in the minority in not liking the book, it scares me and I’ve said this before but […]

Vale: Jan Berenstain

It is with much regret that I discovered the passing of Jan Berenstain today. Paired with her husband, Stan who died in 2005, Jan produced some marvellous stories about the Berenstain Bears which have entertained many generations of children. I’m sad to say I don’t recall these books from my childhood but then that’s a […]

Vale: Ronald Searle

One of my favourite illustrators from my childhood was Ronald Searle, I have one of his books in front of me, it’s been on my bookshelf almost as long as I remember. The book is Modern Types by Geoffrey Gorer and Ronald Searle, published in 1955 it is a fabulous exposé on people at that […]

Vale Anne McCaffrey

Squid Ink and I would like to take this opportunity to give Anne McCaffrey’s family and friends our condolences. McCaffrey was a fabulous writer and it is wonderful to have her books to stay with us forever more. I have written about McCaffrey before and I won’t bore you with the details but will point […]

Vale: Sara Douglas

You all know what it’s like to lose a favourite author.  There’s the shock, the hole in one’s life when you know they’ll never write another book, and you know they’ll never write another blog post, you’ll never be able to meet them or get their signature. We’re at that point now with Sara Douglass, […]