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Dead ringer: ‘The Turnkey’ by Allison Rushby

6 October 2016
Allison Rushby’s middle-grade novel The Turnkey is a ‘page-turning mystery’ set in London’s Highgate Cemetery during the Blitz. Reviewer Maria H Alessandrino spoke to the author. Read her review here....

Flying high: Jeannie Baker on ‘Circle’ 

Jeannie Baker 21 March 2016
In her new picture book Circle, Jeannie Baker uses her distinctive mixed-media illustrations to depict the migration of the bar-tailed godwits. Reviewer Margaret Hamilton describes it as a ‘masterpiece’. She...

Cult following: Em Bailey on ‘The Special Ones’

Em Bailey Meredith Badger author photo 3 March 2016
Em Bailey’s The Special Ones is an ‘edge-of-your-seat’ YA novel that ‘marks the gradual return of the YA thriller’, writes reviewer Bec Kavanagh. She spoke to the author. What was...

Spiral of absurdity: Lee Battersby on ‘Magrit’ 

Lee Battersby 4 February 2016
Lee Battersby’s first book for children is set in an abandoned cemetery and has ‘echoes of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and The Graveyard Book’. Reviewer Tehani Wessely spoke to the author....