Book Club

Friday, 16 March 2018

The Magical Adventures of Minnie & Maxie Moo in London by Leanne & Paul Matthews

Written and self published by Husband and Wife team Leanne and Paul Matthews. Minnie and Maxie Moo takes children on a magical adventure with the help of the wise old Owl and the fantastic Magic Rainbow Tree.

The original idea for the book came about when the couple were out eating lunch with their children. Scribbling all the ideas on the back of a children's menu Minnie and Maxie Moo were born.

The book is aimed at the younger reader with lovely bright eye catching illustrations, each page has a lot for children to look at and pick out. The text is large enough that early readers would be able to sound out some of the words and 'help' the adult to read the book.

The story is absolutely charming with a clever educational element. I particularly loved the quiz at the back which enables the child to talk about some of the elements of the book  and the facts about London  is a lovely touch for the older reader.

The Magical Adventures of Minnie & Maxie Moo in London is available to buy here

Facebook - Minnie and Maxie Moo
Instagram - @minnieandmaxiemoo


The Wild Other by Clover Stroud- Book Promotion

At the age of sixteen, Clover Stroud's mother had a catastrophic riding accident, and Clovers incredibly happy family life fell apart.

In her unique emotionally raw prose, Clover Stroud writes about her search for somewhere new she can call home. The journey takes her far and wild until a most extraordinary conclusion that is both explosive as well as deeply thought- provoking.

This achingly brilliant memoir is like ‘H is for Hawk’ crossed with Cheryl Strayed's ‘Wild’. Clover gallops across Englands idyllic Cotsworlds to boomtown Dublin and the traveller rave scene of Ireland in the 2000s, across the plains of Texas where she overcomes local suspicions to become a well-respected cowgirl. Then finally she travels to the war - torn South Caucasus of Russia.

There is a pattern; Clover is attracted to danger to the point of self- destruction. In this we see something of ourselves, something that's terrifying yet totally vital. It is the pulse of danger and life that enables clover to handle marriage and kids in difficult circumstances with an alcoholic. It is something that Clover finds truest with a powerful racehorse beneath her, on the gallops, with the sound of hooves and wind in her hair.

This book is lyrical, shocking and sexy, travelling deep into the crime of childhood tragedy, a crime is solved in an uplifting story of love and survival.

The Wild Other is available to buy online and from all good Bookshops
Instagram @clover.stroud


Monday, 5 March 2018

Book Promotion - Breaking Mum and Dad : The Insider's Guide To Parenting Anxiety by Anna Williamson

Breaking Mum and Dad is a helpful, often humorous, and always honest guide, offering advice to help all new mums and dads cope with and conquer anxiety, stress and low mood in those overwhelming fledgling parent days.

With more than 1 in 10 new parents experiencing post-natal depression and anxiety, and after suffering the traumatic birth of her son and being diagnosed with postnatal anxiety and birth trauma, Anna Williamson uncovers the real thoughts, feelings and behaviours that many of us experience in the first few weeks and months after becoming a parent.

From 'I'm struggling to love my baby to 'I miss my old life' and 'will I ever feel like ''me'' again? to 'I'm anxious about having sex' this book will help new parents cope with the often taboo topics that we ALL encounter.

A therapist in your pocket, meaning you don't have to face one of life's most momentous experiences alone, or fear being judged for the weird and often irrational thoughts that plague our frazzled minds. Mental heath for new mums (and dads) is a big thing and its time we stopped suffering in silence.

It takes time to adjust to the new identity and role, whether its making new friends, coping with changing relationships , breast and bottle feeding anxiety, gong back to work worries or the whole shift of being a new parent poses mentally.

Offering friendly advice and practical coping techniques and tips, Breaking Mum and Dad is a little pocket guide of empathy, sympathy and above all hope.

Breaking Mum and Dad is available to buy from - 8th March 2018

About the Author

Anna Williamson is a TV presenter, radio broadcaster, life coach, counsellor, Master NLP practitioner and author of the bestselling book Breaking Mad. she lives in rural Hertfordshire with her husband and young son. Anna is also an ambassador for Mind, Childline and The Princes Trust.


Book Promotion - From Mother to Daughter by Katie Piper

An inspiring and empowering book on raising a daughter in the modern world written by Katie Piper, with extracts from her mum, Diane's diary just after her attack.

This is a story of motherhood, what you learn as a mother, the things you would tell your daughter and most of all its Katie and Diane Pipers celebration of the incredible power of mother- daughter relationships. it also gives the readers the first and only chance to read Diane's private diary entries penned in the toughest times of their relationship post Katie's attack in 2008.

From Mother to Daughter is out to buy now.

About the Author
Katie's an inspirational speaker, charity campaigner and TV presenter, In 2008 Katie suffered a brutal rape and acid attack that left her burned and facially disfigured. Katie's moving, BAFTA -nominated Channel 4 documentary Katie: My Beautiful Face was watched by 3.5 Million viewers and shown in more than 15 Countries. Katie has founded her own charity, The Katie Piper Foundation, to help people living with burns and scars and has received numerous awards and accolades for her charity work.

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