Book Review: The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner


“Everywhere is special, in some way. It was not imperative that I should be born in Cheshire; but it was imperative that I should know my place. That can be achieved only by inheriting one’s childhood landscape, and by growing in it to maturity. It is a subtle matter of owning and of being owned.” from the essay The Edge of the Ceiling in Alan Garner’s The Voice That Thunders (a collection of critical and autobiographical essays

“We have to find parables, we have to tell stories to unriddle the world.” from the essay Achilles in Altjara in The Voice That Thunders

“Garner’s work is where human emotion and mythic resonance, sexuality and geology, modernity and memory and craftsmanship meet and cross-fertilise, any country except Britain would have long ago recognised his importance, and celebrated it with postage stamps and statues and street names.” Philip Pullman

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Children’s Book Review: Wave the Flag and Blow the Whistle

‘Wave the Flag…’ has been a favourite bedtime read for the Boys for the past few years, a rhythmic and heart-warming railway adventure, we still wheel it out every now and then and (all three of us) happily drift away into a simpler, wonderful world of steam trains, picnics and Summer days…

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Sense of Place: Learning ‘Childish’

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
Albert Einstein

At bedtime the kids increasingly enjoy getting stuck into ‘chapter’ books (Fin is really enjoying Roald Dahl’s Charlie & the Chocolate Factory’ at the moment for instance) however every now and then they will still reach down a ‘picture’ book from the shelf and happily immerse themselves in the brilliance of imaginary worlds.

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Book Review: Stanley’s Stick by John Hegley

I’m under orders. The Boys think I should write a review of one of their favourite books alongside the reviews of books that only ‘daddy reads’. So, rising to their challenge I’ve picked Stanley’s Stick which is a really rather wonderful tale of, well… a little boy called Stanley and his relationship with a stick.

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