Book Club

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Snow Globe by Amy Wilson

Snowglobe is the beautifully spellbinding, stand-alone novel from Amy Wilson, the critically acclaimed and Carnegie-nominated author of A Girl Called Owl and A Far Away Magic

Amy’s ability to combine modern-day reality with magic to create a believable and exciting story is unique.  The scale of her imagination is second to none and this third book, with such a strong voice and so simple in its concept yet so rich, demonstrates this perfectly.  Amy shows a confident, quiet certainty in the world she has created here and combined with vivid characters, a beautiful but flawed landscape and an exciting plot, her third novel is a book which whisks the reader away on a tide of adventure.  

Snowglobe tells the story of daydreamer Clementine who has been trying to avoid her magic for a while but it has been getting stronger, and harder to ignore.  Whilst at school, she loses control of it and realises she can escape it no longer.  When she is drawn to a mysterious house in the middle of town that was never there before, she is pulled in by the powerful sense of a mother she never knew.  Once inside, she finds the place is full of hanging snowglobes, each one shaken, churned up and containing a trapped magician, each one lost in time. 

So Clementine ventures into the snowglobes in an attempt to release all the magicians from their glassy domes.  In the process, she discovers her own powerful connection to the magic of these miniature worlds and, unknowingly, she unleashes a struggle for power that will put, not only her own family, but the future of magic itself in grave danger. 

Snowglobe is suitable for readers age 9+ and is available to buy now from and all good book retailers £6.99.


Sunday, 14 October 2018

The Mothers Manual by Liu Yang

It’s something that confuses most soon-to-be parents – how on earth are they going to be able to bring up their new bundle of joy without some kind of manual? Well, worry no more, because one UK healthcare practitioner, parent coach has written a guide that answers every question and challenge parents could possibly face.

‘The Mother’s Manual: Your Kids Won’t Be Delivered With A Manual, Here is Your Copy’ is the new Bible for parents of children up to five years old. In short, parenting no longer has to be a puzzle!

The Mother’s Manual is a practical handbook on parenting children from birth to five years old. It provides easy-to-apply tips and practical tools and strategies that parents can adapt in their daily life to deal with some of the most common issues that crop up in those early critical years. The author draws on her 20 years’ experience as a healthcare practitioner, as well as on the latest research in child psychology and neuroscience on the understanding of children’s brainwave patterns and how this affects their behaviour. She explains in an easy to understand way children’s development at each stage to help parents better communicate with their children. After reading The Mother’s Manual, parents will be able to understand and experiment with more effective alternatives to time-outs on the naughty step and feel less frustrated themselves by instead using simple and direct suggestions that create miraculous changes in their children’s behaviour. Raising happy and confident children should be an enjoyable part of the parenting process, but sometimes being a parent can be stressful and bring up all sorts of emotions, especially for parents who didn’t have the upbringing they would have liked. The book talks parents through these difficult emotions and provides strategies for dealing with them, so that they can create the happy, relaxed family life.  Everyone knows that a job is easy to do once you have discovered the secrets to how. The Mother’s Manual serves as a go-to reference book with simple strategies and easy-to-follow explanations of children’s developmental stages to guide parents through the daily challenges effectively to create the family life they desire.

The Mothers Manual is available to buy on Amazon

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