Book reviews

Something To Tell You by David Edwards – Book Review

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Something to Tell You follows the two families of Bert Leinster and his best friend Sam Murray, as the earth comes under bombardment by a Higgs Boson particle storm. The Central Control of the World council insists that survival depends on living underground, protected by The Envelope. As CCOW persuades humankind to hide in the Deeps, Bert cannot challenge CCOW nor comprehend why people cannot see the truth behind the lies.

Everything changes when he meets Her. Lily, a plant who becomes his enemy in the battle to save humankind, to save you… although 99.9% of you is empty space. Do you deserve saving?

 

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MY REVIEW

Sam Murray has found something and needs to tell his boss and friend Bert Leinster now!

Sam and Bert work on the Large Hadron Collider in CERN searching for a theoretical other world, a parallel universe……

This is quite hard to review, there’s a lot of theoretical physics, which I have to say went so far over my head….it got lost. However, this is specification so I kept going and found the actual story really intriguing.

Bert dreams of Lily, an elevated being in plant form, she tells him humankind have only one season left to hide beneath the soil.

Can humanity be saved? Will Nature save us all?

A tale of faith, nature and science in a thought provoking read.

Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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David Edwards previously published two anti-romance books under the pseudonym of Jack George Edmunson. He then published the historical novel, The Ebb & Flow, before moving over to children’s fiction with The Black Hand Gang. He currently lives in Switzerland. For more information visit davidedwardsauthor.com.

 

 

Social Media:

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Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Something-Tell-You-David-Edwards/dp/1789018870/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=something+to+tell+you+david+edwards&qid=1576093611&sr=8-1

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Something-Tell-You-David-Edwards-ebook/dp/B07R7R77B1/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=something+to+tell+you+david+edwards&qid=1576093892&sr=8-2

Troubador: https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/sci-fi/something-to-tell-you-hb/

WHSmith: https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/something-to-tell-you/david-edwards/hardback/9781789018875.html

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/something-to-tell-you-david-edwards/1131420218 

Book reviews, Non fiction

First In The Fight by Helen Antrobus and Andrew Simcock – Book Review

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Emmeline Pankhurst stands proudly in St Peter’s Square, but she stands for so many more…

First in the Fight tells the compelling stories of the twenty women featured on the Our Emmeline statue long-list. Author Helen Antrobus brings to life the achievements of these radical Manchester women alongside beautiful illustrations by the Women in Print collective.

Be part of the legacy of the 20 Manchester women who changed the world.

 

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The women of Greater Manchester have long stood shoulder to shoulder in the fight for equality and social change. The unveiling of the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst in St Peter’s Square, strove to represent the contributions that Manchester women had made not only to the city, but also to the rest of the world.

Sitting alongside stunning illustrations from the ‘Women in Print’ collective, First in the Fight brings to life the stories of a range of inspiring women, from suffragettes, to botanists and mathematicians. The efforts of these pioneering women have shaped the world we live in and have helped pave the way for the voices of the next generation of women to be heard.

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MY REVIEW 

“Rise Up Women For The Fight Is Hard”

Well what an astonishing book. It tells a little of 20 incredible women, Manchester and the fight for women’s rights.

Each of the chapters has so much information and insights into the incredible, determined and strong women that includes Cristabel Pankhurst, Marie Stopes, Louise Da-Cocodia. We have a lot to thank these women for as our lives would be very different if not for their determination and bravery.

The illustrations throughout vary from brightly coloured to naive and stylish but all striking and done by clearly very talented artists.

Perfect reading for anyone and everyone with an interest in the history of women’s rights in all its forms.

Thank you to Kelly at Love Books Group for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, the promotional material and a free copy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Purchase links

 

https://inostalgia.co.uk/product/first-in-the-fight-pre-order-save-5/

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

 

Helen Antrobus

Helen Antrobus is a social history curator and historian from Salford, specialising in the lives of 20th century political women. As a public historian, she has appeared on TV programmes such as BBC One’s The One Show and Who Do You Think You Are?, Channel 5’s Edwardian Britain in Colour and BBC4’s Britain’s Lost Masterpieces as well as BBC Radio 4’s Ramblins and Great Lives.

 

Andrew Simcock

Andrew Simcock has been the Labour Councillor for Didsbury East on Manchester City Council since 2011. In 2014 he launched the Womanchester campaigns to erect a statue of a woman of significance to Manchester, which resulted in the installation of sculptor Hazel Reeves’ Emmeline Pankhurst statue in St Peters Square in Manchester City Centre. The unveiling coincided with the 100th anniversary of some women voting for the first time in a British General Election. 

Book reviews, Children’s fiction

Leo And The Lightning Dragons by Gill White – Children’s Book Review

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Gill White wrote this book for her son Leo, who was born with Ohtahara Syndrome, an extremely rare form of epilepsy. Fifty percent of children diagnosed with Ohtahara Syndrome do not live past their second birthday. Leo is now three and still battling in the face of adversity.

Gill wrote the story before Leo’s first birthday. It was a difficult time and Leo was having huge numbers of seizures every day. Feeling that Leo deserved a happier story, one in which his strength and bravery was rewarded, Gill wrote one for him.

She approached Gilli B, a Fife based artist, after seeing her artwork online and loving her whimsical and quirky style. Although she was only originally commissioned to do a few illustrations, she actually loved the story so much she asked to illustrate the whole thing and Leo got his own ’book’ for his birthday!

The following year, Gill had packed his book for a visit to the CHAS Hospice Rachel House and came back one day to find that the nursing staff had read it and written the most amazing comments inside.

Bolstered by their enthusiasm, Gill approached Edinburgh author Peter Burnett for some advice on how to get the book published. He took the book to Clare Cain at Fledgling Press, who fortunately loved the book. Fledgling Press do not normally publish children’s books but made an exception in this case, to help raise awareness of Ohtahara Syndrome and CHAS – Children’s Hospices Across Scotland.

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MY REVIEW

This is a beautifully illustrated children’s book that tells the story of Leo, a young night with lightning dragons in his head. But, he will not give in and with the love from his family and people around him this brave little knight fights the dragons until they leave.

A moving tale of a young person dealing with epilepsy, their bravery and utter determination that they will not be beaten. It always astounds me just how strong the young really are….a lesson to us all.

A lovely tale of self belief and determination. 

Thank you to Kelly at Love Books Group for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free copy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here: https://amzn.to/2LV47wf