Revealing how a small curious boy in Suffolk turned into an internationally famous jewellery designer Two Turtle Doves is the story of a life spent making things.
Growing up in 1970s Suffolk in a crumbling giant of a house with wild, tangled gardens, Alex Monroe was left to wreak havoc by invention. Without visible parental influence, but with sisters to love him and brothers to fight for him, he made nature into his world.
Creation became a compulsion, whether it was go-carts and guns, cross-bows and booby-traps, boats, bikes or scooters. And then, it was jewellery.
From full-out warfare waged against the local schoolboys to the freedom found in daredevil Raleigh bike antics to the delicacies of dress-making and the most intricate designs for jewellery, Two Turtle Doves traces the intimate journey of how an idea is transformed from a fleeting thought into an exquisite piece of jewellery. It is about where we find our creativity, how we remember and why we make the things we do. Continue reading
A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can choose -and change – their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter’s inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters.
Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of intellectual science fiction. Continue reading
Harry Crewe is an orphan girl who comes to live in Damar, the desert country shared by the Homelanders and the secretive, magical Hillfolk. Her life is quiet and ordinary-until the night she is kidnapped by Corlath, the Hillfolk King, who takes her deep into the desert. She does not know the Hillfolk language; she does not know why she has been chosen. But Corlath does. Harry is to be trained in the arts of war until she is a match for any of his men. Does she have the courage to accept her true fate? Continue reading
Attempts to read Jesus’ teachings with an open mind can be hampered by years of being told the ‘right’ interpretation in church. Christians familiar with the texts can gain fresh insights by listening to people coming to it for the first time, who may find the traditional readings far from obvious.
Symon Hill has led many Bible study groups with largely non-Christian groups and has discovered surprising and helpful insights that are less likely to be found among Christians used to reading the Bible. For example, these readers will often relate to different characters and find meanings that may surprise us.
In The Upside-down Bible, Hill presents alternative readings of some of Jesus’ best-known parables – focusing on topical themes of money, power, sex and violence – which will help us to consider the teaching of the Bible with a fresh perspective and gain a deeper spiritual and cultural understanding of the Bible texts. Each chapter includes questions, prompts and reflection points making it useful for group and individual Bible study. Continue reading
Margerit Sovitre did not expect to inherit the Baron Saveze’s fortunes—and even less his bodyguard. The formidable Barbara, of unknown parentage and tied to the barony for secretive reasons, is a feared duelist, capable of defending her charges with efficient, deadly force.
Equally perplexing is that while she is now a highly eligible heiress, Margerit did not also inherit the Saveze title, and the new baron eyes the fortunes he lost with open envy. Barbara, bitter that her servitude is to continue, may be the only force that stands between Margerit and the new Baron’s greed—and the ever deeper layers of intrigue that surround the ill-health of Alpennia’s prince and the divine power from rituals known only as The Mysteries of the Saints.
At first Margerit protests the need for Barbara’s services, but soon she cannot imagine sending Barbara away—for reasons of state and reasons of the heart.
Heather Rose Jones debuts with a sweeping story rich in intrigue and the clash of loyalties and love. Continue reading
Hello folks, for the last time in 2017! Phew, it’s been a heck of a year – and I’m not sure next year will see any miraculous improvement. Briefly – because this is my blog and I do what I want – I would like to thank all the creators who’ve continued to create through everything this year. Various governments, natural disasters, and fascists have not made it easy to continue to strive for justice, equality, and the ability to look for joy in everyday life. I believe that we can make things better for everyone.
Human rights are not an infinite resource – we all deserve to be celebrated for our differences and for our similarities, to have equal access and equal pay, to be safe in our homes – to have homes at all – and trust that those who have power over our lives will be ruled by justice and compassion. It might not always happen, but that’s what we all deserve, without exception.
Wow, that got a little bit deep there, folks. Ahem. So now let’s move on to something utterly superficial – my blog stats for 2017! This has been my first full year of blogging, so I’m really interested to see what the data looks like (*cough* nerd). Continue reading
Hello again, folks! I hope you all are having very merry Christmasses! The end of the year is nigh, and phew, has it been a year! I moved out of my mum’s, had a wisdom tooth removed, cut a lot of my hair off, and started dating.
This has also been my first full year of blogging, and I’ve so enjoyed hanging out with you all, sharing favourite books and yelling about equality and politics (on twitter, anyway, I try to be a bit more book-focused here). I’ve tried out a bunch of different memes, had high ambitions of year-long reading challenges, and I ran a whole series called Words for the Week (click here for the first post in case you’re curious). I went to YALC, NineWorlds and GollanczFest, and met some awesome writers, readers and bloggers *waves* hi, guys!
So to round off this incredible year (notwithstanding global politics and climate change, but this is a very escapist blog, folks), I’d like to remind myself of the best books I read and reviewed this year. I didn’t review everything I read – Tash Hearts Tolstoy stands out for me as one of my favourite books I didn’t review! – but I did publish a total of forty-one reviews, and I would like to share with you my absolute faves of those. Continue reading
Hello, folks! For those of you who aren’t sick of me going on about this year’s Gollancz Festival, here’s one final post to round it off – and on my birthday, which is kinda lovely. Click the links below to read the whole series from start to finish (they’ll be linked within the posts as well), or just catch up on that one you missed. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series, and found it both entertaining and useful. Let me know if you like this way of doing write-ups, or you’d prefer that I do it another way. Though this will definitely be the last such write-up this year!
- Who You Gonna Call? Ghostwriters!
- The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades: New advances in science (fiction)
- Where Do You Get Your Ideas? Art, Music, Mythology & Magic: The inspirations behind it all
- The Utopian Ideal: Writing the future you’d like to live in
- Choose Your Weapons Wisely: The best way to defeat your demons
- Enduring Science Fiction: How do stories survive when science catches up with fiction
- The Monster Mash
It’s the final post of the series! We did it! Congrats to any of you who’ve made it through the whole lot. This session featured Ben Aaronovitch, Aliette de Bodard, Bradley Beaulieu, Catriona Ward and Edward Cox, and was chaired by Marcus Gipps. Continue reading