About me

I’m a writer (represented by Bryony Woods of DKW Literary Agency), and my debut children’s novel “How To Be Brave” is due out in Autumn 2021, from Pushkin (UK) and Godwin Books (USA).

I’m also an academic, working for a PhD with the University of York. My research centres about girls and creative writing, with additional interests in gender/space/place in children’s literature and I blog more on the nature of my research here.

Affiliate Scheme

This blog is affiliated with Amazon. As a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, this blog is part of an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to http://www.amazon.co.uk. Any links to Amazon function as part of this scheme.


All content in this blog is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Please note that you are free to share / remix content for non-commercial purposes providing you credit me & link back to the original post. If you would like to use / remix / share content on any other basis, please contact me.

The heart-shaped book logo used occasionally on this blog is a public domain image courtesy of George Hodan.

Review Policy

I review children’s  and young adult literature. Although I am grateful to receive them, I do not guarantee a review for unsolicited items. 

I am especially interested in girl’s school stories, translated children’s fiction, and writing from marginalised voices, and would very much encourage individuals from alternative publishing circumstances to get in touch should they think this blog might be a good fit for their work.

Here’s a list of tips on how to pitch your book for review. Please don’t be scared or intimidated by them – this is simply what works for me, and it might work when you approach other bloggers / reviewers.

All reviewed items are tagged accordingly as to their source and regardless of how the book is sourced, I give my true and honest opinion. Following review, books are either retained or donated to a variety of sources including local playgroups, libraries, and charity shops.

Support this blog

If you’d like to support the costs of this blog, then you can donate any amount via my Ko-Fi link  Any and all support is gratefully received.


I publish a (very!) intermittent Tinyletter on bookish topics, and you can sign up for that here.


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