Join a different kind of book club

NSCRC children with Book Aid boxI love giving books as gifts – there’s always that sense of offering up a whole world for your recipient to discover!

Just because the festive season is officially over, there’s no need to close off that generous part of yourself. In fact, this year, why not give that gift to someone who will really appreciate it?

The Reverse Book Club was devised in 2007 as a means of directly connecting Book Aid International supporters with individual readers. It works exactly like your average book club, except you’ll never receive any of the books you buy – instead they’ll be sent on your behalf to people in the developing world, bringing all those page-bound possibilities, adventures and experiences to classrooms, libraries and minds hungry for them. Continue reading

Poetry review – Of Love and Hope

Of Love and Hope coverFewer subjects seem to inspire more poetry than the thorny topic of love, so it takes a lot for one book of love poems to jump out from the pile. Of Love and Hope does it rather beautifully though, without shouting for attention, but simply by being spilling over with thoughtful, evocative words.

The fact that this poetry anthology is sold in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Care certainly helps. Nothing assuages the guilt of paying out for yet another book (when your shelves are already packed with unread ones) like knowing the proceeds go to a good cause.

Plus you really are likely to read this one. Editor Deborah Gaye has brought together a carefully selected array of poems that twist, flip and sigh their way into your emotions.

The poets who contributed to the anthology are truly top-notch, counting among their number Seamus Heaney, Wendy Cope, Carol Ann Duffy, Victoria Wood, Arthur Smith, Sir Paul McCartney, Roger McGough, Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch and Margaret Atwood. An impressive guest-list! Continue reading