A group of published UK-based authors and illustrators of picture books, children's and YA.

Not Goodbye, But Au Revoir…

  After 5 years and 3 months, the time has finally come for Author Allsorts to say au revoir… However, the blog isn’t going anywhere – it will still be … Continue reading

July 31, 2018

If Non Pratt wrote a TV show…

God I wish I wrote for TV. Think of it: all dialogue, no narrative; actually seeing your work come alive through brilliant actor types; the chance to develop your characters … Continue reading

July 11, 2018

Book Birthday! Dan Smith Interviews M. A. Griffin about heist-thriller ‘Payback’

Payback has an official birthday of 5th July 2018, but I’m one of the lucky ones . . . I’ve already read it. As usual, Chicken House has done a … Continue reading

July 6, 2018

Why don’t schools teach MODERN classics?

My twelve-year-old daughter came from high school the other week and told me that they would soon be reading Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men in English literature (they’re current reading … Continue reading

July 2, 2018

Guilty Pleasures — Pony Books for Grown Ups by Sheena Wilkinson

‘Guilty pleasures’ suggests something illicit – passing round Jilly Cooper romances under the desk at school. Yes, I was that generation. But I also, as a teenager, had a reputation … Continue reading

June 25, 2018

Unpersuaded: a disappointing classic

Last year, on a whim, I decided to revisit Persuasion… and was genuinely taken by surprise: it seemed to me not simply disappointing but actively bad

June 18, 2018

10 graphic novels recommendations

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua Meet Victorian London’s most dynamic duo: Charles Babbage, the unrealized inventor of the … Continue reading

June 16, 2018

The Worst Way To Read A Book by Janet Edwards

The worst way to read a book is to study it in school. Until I was 16, my school forced me to study English Literature. I loathed, detested, abhorred, and … Continue reading

June 6, 2018

M.A. Griffin’s Favourite Illustrated Book – ‘Wonderbook’ by Jeff Vandermeer

I’ve not owned Jeff Vandermeer’s Wonderbook for more than a year or so, but it’s quickly become a go-to. I love it. If (like the me of back then) you’re … Continue reading

May 30, 2018

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