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We Forge The Chains We Wear In Life

We Forge The Chains We Wear In Life
In December 2017 we wrote a letter and, enclosing a book, sent it to Theresa May, British Prime Minister. The letter set out the impact of library closures, the loss of employed, qualified librarians and the loss of funding for the purchase of new books, on the children and adults who use them today, on the future of literacy in this country and also on the British book industry as a whole. This is what we wrote:

Thornhill, by Pam Smy

Thornhill, by Pam Smy

2017: As she unpacks boxes in the bedroom of her new house, Ella catches a glimpse of a crumbling, forsaken house beyond the overgrown garden she sees from her window. At night however, one small light goes on in the attic window; despite the barbed-wire and the ‘keep out’ signs, there seems to be someone in the house. 1982: Mary chooses to be silent. The bullying is relentless and nothing she can say to the adults who manage the Institute for Children in which she lives, would enable them to see the cruelty of the shining, smiling, golden girl who torments her. So she says...

Celestine and the Hare

Celestine and the Hare
If you haven’t yet found these beautiful little books, pick one up and have a look. We’ve never found a book so small that is so warm and so heartbreakingly profound. The creatures in the delightful little tribe have lives that revolve around the tiny pleasures that the world can offer – and around the power of kindness. If the next generation grows up knowing these stories, then there is hope.

Fish Boy, by Chloe Daykin

Fish Boy, by Chloe Daykin
Every now and then you read a book that is quite unlike anything else you've read, and Chloe Daykin has written something extraordinary and wonderful. As a writer she has a powerful and individual voice. Fish Boy is a book about individuality and the need, occasionally, to take a leap of faith. It is also about trust, love and the importance of difference.

Gaslight, by Eloise Williams

Gaslight, by Eloise Williams
Gaslight is the second novel by Eloise Williams, and it is a proper cracker of a story, a hugely exciting gas-lit romp through seedy Victorian theatre life. It is beautifully written, with both atmosphere and elegance, well-researched - and totally gripping!