The Beast on the Broch

Cover reveal for The Beast on the Broch

Today, those fine folks at #ScotLitFest – Scotland’s first virtual literary festival – were kind enough to host the cover reveal for The Beast on the Broch. With art by Dawn Treacher and design by Anne from Cranachan, I really couldn’t be happier with it – Dawn has really captured Talorca and the Beast, and I… Read More

Testing times

These are testing times for kids. A couple of days ago, Abi Elphinstone (author of The Dreamsnatcher and The Shadow Keeper) took sample SATs tests for English and Maths and failed horribly. I made this for all the kids sitting SATs this week after taking a sample online test 😘 #SATS2016 #SATsweek #SATS — Abi Elphinstone… Read More


Review: Phoenix by SF Said

Phoenix, by SF Said, with illustrations by Dave McKean, is a science-fiction adventure of galactic scale. When I was a kid, more decades ago now than I care to remember, science fiction made up a significant proportion of my reading. Eleanor Cameron’s The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet was my comfort re-read – I read… Read More

Talk of the Toun

Review: Talk of the Toun by Helen MacKinven

Talk of the Toun, by Helen MacKinven, is a raw, dark, hilarious coming-of-age tale set in 1980s Falkirk. Disclosure: I know Helen through our publisher Cranachan. This hasn’t affected the review in any way – if I hadn’t liked the book, I’d wouldn’t have reviewed it! If you’ve been reading my reviews over the past years, you’ll… Read More