Sarah Rayner

"Sarah Rayner"
Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,343
Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (709 of 805)
Location: Brighton



Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,343 - Total Helpful Votes: 709 of 805
The Witch with an Itch by Helen Baugh
The Witch with an Itch by Helen Baugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly charming., 7 Sep 2014
I appreciate this is aimed at children, but I identified a lot with the witch with an itch - she's impatient and inclined to strops. And actually that speaks volumes about what makes this picture book a cut above - it will appeal to adult readers too, and it's such a lovely book they're might find they're asked to read it again... and again....

The rhyme gives pace and rhythm, the illustrations (by the same Deborah Allright responsible for pictures in 'The Night Pirates') are magical, and the story is nicely rounded. There's an important message for small children about being kind contained within the narrative, but the author doesn't over-egg it.

How to Publish and Sell Your Article on the Kindle&hellip by Kate Harper
A good many of the books and ebooks on how to self publish are so full of puff and self-congratulation as to be hard to stomach, especially if you're cynical Brit, like me. The whole 'make a million on Kindle' line sounds too good to be true, and I find they often say in 100-odd pages what could be delivered in 20. Not so this little book, which I thought incisive, sensible and well put together. It told me everything I wanted to know and a few things I didn't think I wanted to know but needed to. Its use extends beyond guiding those wishing to publish articles too - for anyone writing a shorter book - be it poetry, non-fiction or whatever, much of what Kate Harper advises is… Read more
Dancing With Words by Bridget Whelan
Dancing With Words by Bridget Whelan
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing for joy, 21 Aug 2014
Wave goodbye to any preconceptions you might have about a collection of stories and poems put together by a writing group - 'it'll be patchy/amateur/a-bit-of-a-slog-to-get through' etc - this is absolutely excellent!

The first poem, Clayton Wood, is so moving I shed a few tears, but stories like The Rival made me laugh too, so you'll experience both highs and lows as you read. If you live in or around Brighton or are familiar with the area there's the added pleasure of recognising the setting of some of the pieces, but don't buy it just because it's for a good cause (though obviously that's a fine reason), or because it's local, buy it because it'll be a *treat*.

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