Book review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

A Curse So Dark and Lonely, henceforth ACSODAL, is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Forget Marmite or Brexit - I think this is truly what divides us. Either you’re into this subgenre or the very thought makes you want to run screaming into a deep, dark forest.    Rightly or wrongly, I’ve been hooked … Continue reading Book review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Ally bally, Ally bally bee: the disturbing nature of nursery rhymes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNsqZEKkzRQ Can we all acknowledge that the world of nursery rhymes is as grotesque and barbaric as that of Grimms’ Fairy Tales? We’ve got Humpty Dumpty, broken beyond repair. There are blackbirds which peck off noses, and did you know that the woman who lived in the shoe with all those children resorted to whipping … Continue reading Ally bally, Ally bally bee: the disturbing nature of nursery rhymes

Travelling with a toddler: is the answer just not to do it, ever?

E's first flight, a deceptively calm affair. People warned me about travelling with a baby. More than twenty minutes in her car seat would surely be instantaneously fatal, if the forums I read were anything to go by. Bus and train trips were equally perilous, fraught with all manner of unknown risks, such as broken … Continue reading Travelling with a toddler: is the answer just not to do it, ever?