Remembering my imaginary friend with Imaginary Fred

Both Dylan and Xander are imaginative children who are really into books. They go through them at a rate of knots. We were delighted then to be offered a copy of Imaginary Fred for them to enjoy. Written by Irish Children's Laureate Eoin Colfer and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers - whose work the boys are very familiar ...

Book who’s talking

I was tagged in a meme on Facebook recently by one of my good mates from university and, as I've hardly read any books since those days - which were more years ago than I care to remember now - thought I ought to write a post about it. Especially as my degree was in English Literature. I feel I ...

Fifty Shades of Play

She waits alone in a darkened corner of the room, almost hidden to the naked eye. Silent and vulnerable. She knows I am there, but we must wait for our opportunity to present itself. Outwardly, I appear relaxed as I sip ruby-red wine, its lingering taste on my lips reminding me of past conquests. But there is something burning deep within ...

Look who’s (nearly) talking

Like most parents, Kate and I both worry about when Dylan is going to reach the various important developmental stages that will eventually see him complete his transformation from baby to little boy. It's probably irrational to do so, but it has to be said that most baby books have a lot to answer for with what are basically sweeping ...