Title: White Feather

Author: Catherine and David MacPhail

Pages: 96 Pages

Publisher: Barrington Stoke

The Blurb

The war is won but for Tony there is little to celebrate. His brother never returned from no man’s land and has died not as a hero but executed as a coward. Refusing to believe that his brother was a traitor, a grief stricken Tony is pushed to the edge in his dark quest to uncover the horrifying truth.

A thrilling narrative of intertwining perspectives, particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

(Amazon Blurb)

The Review

White Feather is part of the Barrington Stoke range of dyslexia friendly texts. It is a story that focuses on the soldiers of World War One and how the concept of bravery was seen. How if you didn’t sign up to be a solider you would be considered cowardly and how if you refused to fight then that was a sign of being a coward too.

It is a story of one brother trying to find out the truth of his own brothers death and it leads him to interesting places. It is not only a story about war but also one about social class and how money cannot change the course of historical events.

White Feather is a brilliant short story, one that will engage its reader and immerse them in a world so far from their normality that it is hard not to be moved.

White Feather by Catherine and David MacPhail is available now.

For more information regarding Barrington Stoke (@BarringtonStoke) please visit www.barringtonstoke.co.uk.

Title: What Would Boudicca Do? – Everyday Problems Solved by History’s Most Remarkable Women

Author: Elizabeth Foley and Beth Coates

Pages: 208 Pages

Publisher: Faber & Faber

The Blurb

Tired of being talked over? Of social media making you feel crap? Of the pressure to ‘have it all’ and a hot bod too?

Boudicca stuck up for herself and now she can help you do the same. It is time to start channelling the spiky superwomen of history to conquer today. It is time to turn to women like Frida Kahlo and Josephine Baker, Hypatia and Cleopatra, Coco Chanel and Empress Cixi. In this irreverent guide they will help you figure out how to dispatch a loverat, back yourself, kill it at work and trounce FoMo.

With original illustrations by Bijou Karman, What Would Boudicca Do? will make you fired-up and ready for anything.

 (AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

I am a woman. I am a daughter and a sister but most important to me, I am an aunty. I am determined to a) make my niece love reading as much as I do and b) make sure that she is a strong woman. It is with this in mind that I read as much as I can about the forgotten women of history; the women who made a difference, socially, scientifically, economically or who just made a difference enough to mention.

I want to share these tales with my niece, who at the moment wants to be a princess. I want her to want to be fierce. Whether that is as a princess, as a make-up artist, as a surgeon or as a postal service delivery woman. I do not care what she wants to be when she is older as long as she does it knowing that she is a rock star.

This is why I read books like What Would Boudicca Do? They give me an insight into women of the past that I have no knowledge of. I have read quite a few of these tropes and I must say that What Would Boudicca Do? is up there with the best of them.

What Would Boudicca Do? – Everyday Problems Solved by History’s Most Remarkable Women by Elizabeth Foley and Beth Coates is available now.

For more information regarding Faber & Faber (@FaberBooks) please visit www.faber.co.uk.

Title: The Astonishing Colour of After

Author: Emily X. R. Pan

Pages: 480 Pages

Publisher: Orion Children’s Books

The Blurb

Leigh Chen Sanders is sixteen when her mother dies by suicide, leaving only a scribbled note: ‘I want you to remember’. Leigh doesn’t know what it means, but when a red bird appears with a message, she finds herself travelling to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time.

Leigh is far away from home and far away from Axel, her best friend, who she stupidly kissed on the night her mother died – leaving her with a swell of guilt that she wasn’t home, and a heavy heart, thinking she may have destroyed the one good thing left in her life.

Overwhelmed by grief, Leigh retreats into her art and into her memories, where colours collide and the rules of reality are broken. The only thing Leigh is certain about is that she must find out the truth. She must remember.

With lyrical prose and magical elements, Emily X.R. Pan’s stunning debut novel alternates between past and present, romance and despair, as one girl attempts to find herself through family history, art, friendship, and love.

 (AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

The loss of a parent is something that I find unthinkable. I have been lucky, I am well into my thirties and both of my parents are still alive so I find stories with this as its premise really hard to take. It just seems so unjustifiably unfair.

It is this premise that The Astonishing Colour of After follows. Our protagonist, Leigh, is dealing with the death of her mother. Suffering with depression, Leigh’s mum took her own life and Leigh embarks on a journey to find out about her past on her mother’s side. It is a journey that takes her to the other side of the world, to a family she has never met before to figure out just who her mum was.

The Astonishing Colour of After is an interesting story, one that is both uplifting and devastating at the same time.

For more information regarding Emily X. R. Pan (@exrpan) please visit instagram.com/exrpan.

For more information regarding Orion Children’s Books (@the_orionstar) please visit www.hachettechildrens.co.uk.

Title: Us

Author: Curtis Wiklund

Pages: 112 Pages

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

The Blurb

Inspired by his wife, artist and wedding photographer Curtis Wiklund sketched a new drawing every day for a year. The result is this collection of adorable illustrations depicting the tender, true moments the couple shares. From winter walks to end-of-day cuddles, inside jokes to impromptu forts, this dreamy art has already captured the hearts of thousands of fans around the world. Now in book form, Us delights as a gift and a keepsake

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

I came across Curtis Wiklund on Facebook a while ago. I liked his cartoons but thought nothing more of it. When I discovered you could but a copy of his book I knew that I had too. He tells the story of his relationship with his wife and kids through drawings of his daily life. Some of it is really romantic and some of the pictures are of the romance of the mundane.

It is a gorgeous collection of drawings and I do so hope that he will release another one.

For more information regarding Curtis Wiklund (@curtiswiklund) please visit www.curtiswiklundphoto.com.

For more information regarding Andrews McMeel Publishing (@AndrewsMcMeel) please visit www.andrewsmcmeel.com.

Title: I’ll Be There for You – The Ultimate Book for Friends Fans Everywhere

Author: Kelsey Miller

Pages: 305 Pages

Publisher: HQ

The Blurb

Over twenty years since its low-profile debut and Friends is the most streamed show on UK Netflix. But has it stood the test of time? Are some parts of it more problematic than we remember? And who was the cast’s least favourite guest star?

Join Kelsey Miller as she answers all of these questions and more. And as she relives the show’s most iconic moments, examines some of its controversies, and shines a light on the many trends it inspired – from oversized coffee cups to the much-copied 90s haircut, ‘The Rachel’.

Weaving incisive commentary, revelatory interviews and behind-the-scenes anecdotes involving high-profile guest stars, I’ll Be There for You is the most comprehensive take on Friends yet, and the ultimate book for fans everywhere.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

I started watching Friends when I was 10 years old. I loved it, partly because at the time of its airing I was thinking about becoming an American. Ludicrous, I know but it was what I wanted to be, like how some people want to be pilots or lawyers.

Anyway, even after I realised that it wasn’t something you could just ‘be’ I still loved the program. I have watched it many times since and I still find it hilariously funny. I even get most of the jokes now – ones that I certainly did not get as a child.

Kelsey Miller examines the phenomenon of Friends and gives a history of how the show started and how it lasted so long and why even today, 25 years since its original airing it is still as popular as it once was.

I’ll Be There for You is a must read for any Friends fan

I’ll Be There for You: The Ultimate Book for Friends Fans Everywhere by Kelsey Miller is available now.

For more information regarding Kelsey Miller (@mskelseymiller) please visit her Twitter page.

For more information regarding HQ (@HQstories) please visit intagram.com/hqstories.