Who is this Writer-Bear named Mawson? He is a pondering author for our befuddled times

Do you sometimes feel a bit muddled about, well, Things ? Sometimes rather ruffled when Things just go and, well, Happen ? Sometimes feel confused one moment and completely baffled the next? It’s not easy being Grownup. All this business of having to be sophisticated and industrious all day long! It just wears you down. But when you arrive in Mawson’s cosy world, the frazzled … Continue reading Who is this Writer-Bear named Mawson? He is a pondering author for our befuddled times

Books With Pictures In Them: Of course they are for Grownups

Everyone loves pictures. Seen the ‘motion pictures’ lately? Watched the telly? Got prints up on your walls? Of course! We crave pictures. Why then the bizarre notion that Books With Pictures In Them are only for little people? Illustrated books are for GROWNUPS too. And when you buy such a book you get to enjoy the skill and craft of the writer and also of … Continue reading Books With Pictures In Them: Of course they are for Grownups

Table top wargaming

Fifty years ago when this world was young, your correspondent’s hobby was War Gaming. I don’t mean shootups on a screen at implausible digitalised foes. There were no screens: we’re talking about the dark ages here. No, this War Gaming was played out with regiments of miniature figurines on a table covered in green paint or cloth and set up with ‘terrain’ cobbled together from … Continue reading Table top wargaming

The Way Home: Ashes of Olympus, Bk 1, by Julian Barr

‘The gods give no more than you can bear. The unfriendly sea shall be your road. A new homeland lies far across the roaring waves’. Kruesa’s ghost to Aeneas, p.44 The first lines of The Way Home plunge us into the night a civilisation was turned to ashes. The Greeks raze Troy.  Trojan leaders are cut down. After trying in vain to save King Priam, young … Continue reading The Way Home: Ashes of Olympus, Bk 1, by Julian Barr

MakeShift Galaxy, by Tash Turgoose

Slipping love between the floorboards, Catching stars as if they’re snow… This book brings poetry to each page, including to the pages with no words. Perhaps by the twentieth read-through I may be able to summon words of my own sufficient to convey its lingering power. But I’m still looking again at the story and illustrations together as presented. At the illustrations alone. The story … Continue reading MakeShift Galaxy, by Tash Turgoose