#BookRevi:ew B: A YEAR IN PLAGUES AND PENCILS by EDWARD CAREY @BelgraviaB


ABOUT THE BOOK


‘I blame the pencil. I hadn’t meant to do it. I wasn’t thinking. It just happened that way.’

In March 2020, as lockdowns were imposed around the world, author and illustrator Edward Carey published a sketch on social media with a plan to keep posting a drawing a day from his family home in Austin, Texas, until life returned to normal. One hundred and fifty pencil stubs later, he was still drawing.

Carey’s hand moved with world events, chronicling pandemic and politics. It reached into the past, taking inspiration from history, and escaped grim reality through flights of vivid imagination and studies of the natural world. The drawings became a way of charting time, of moving forward, and maintaining connection at a time of isolation.

This remarkable collection of words and drawings from the acclaimed author of Little and The Swallowed Man charts a tumultuous year in pencil, finding beauty amid the horror of extraordinary times.


PUBLISHED BY GALLIC PRESS


PURCHASE LINK


BELGRAVIA BOOKS

MY REVIEW

This was a fascinating, absorbing and beautiful way of looking back at a year in lockdown. All through the eyes and stunning pencil drawings of the Author, as he began a project in March 2020 to draw a picture a day and upload it to social media until the madness of Covid left us…. he soon found the project carried on a lot longer than he had planned!

But having that distraction helped him cope, and the fact that many people online would eagerly anticipate the daily drawings kept him going and it is wonderful to see them all together here in this beautiful book! The words too strike a chord with his reflections on a very weird time in our history – his hopes and fears for the future mirroring our own! And how the simple action of committing to this project to begin with helped him cope with the uncertainty that each day brought.


A lesson to us all really in finding something to distract ourselves and giving ourselves a different focus each day. I do something similar with photographs on Blipfoto, and just having that outlet each day is a great way of dealing with life and all it throws our way! And it’s a wonderful way to look back over a period of time, as with these wonderful drawings that Edward Carey has put together. It reflects his mood on each day, those in the news, various historical figures,animals and memories and the attention to detail is so intricate and captivating.

I loved his honesty and frankness in the journalling side of this project. His yearnings to return home to London, and his experiences of lockdown in Texas and it just made for a wonderfully extraordinary piece of work for a year none of us will ever forget!

My thanks to the team at Gallic Press for a copy of the book in return for a fair and honest review.

★★★★★

#BookReview THE SONG OF THE TREE by CORALIE BICKFORD-SMITH #TheSongOfTheTree

ABOUT THE BOOK

A lyrical, heart-warming new tale from the award-winning designer and creator of The Fox and the Star

Bird loves to sing in the towering tree at the heart of the jungle. It feels like home.
When the season changes she must say goodbye, but she isn’t ready to let go.
As she listens to the other animals, Bird learns to sing a new song.

PUBLISHED BY PARTICULAR BOOKS

PURCHASE LINKS

HIVE.CO.UK

GOLDSBORO BOOKS  – signed, first edition

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Author Website

MY REVIEW

Simply stunning!!

From the cover, to the artwork on each page and to the words, this is a special book that does wonders to calm the mind, soothe the soul and speak to your heart! The story is very simple but it’s the spectacular artwork that accompanies the words that make this a special visual treat. The colours are bright, bold and just so striking that I could happily frame each page and have them on my walls!

I’m a huge fan of Coralie’s and this is another beautiful book from her that should be on every bookshelf!!

★★★★★

#unboxing My Chronicle Book Box November edition #scifi #fantasy #bookblogger #spoileralert

Book Unboxing alert!!!  A positive side to a dreary, rainy day is the arrival of my latest My Chronicle Book Box ! You can subscribe to 4 boxes a year and choose from Crime & Mystery, or  Sci-Fi and Fantasy!  I go for the latter and every time I receive a box I’m always so impressed with the books chosen, and the gifts also included!!  

So here’s a quick peek as to what made me smile in the November edition – look away now if you’re waiting for your box and don’t want any spoilers!!!

Gorgeous scented Cosy Winter Reads candle –

from Bookworm Candles & Crafts

Stunning poster featuring Rose from Nick Earne’s Bloody Rose book

Artwork created by Felix Ortiz and not available for purchase anywhere else!

 A chapter sample for A BOY AND HIS DOG AT THE END OF THE WORLD by C.A. FLETCHER

new book due for release in the New Year!

And on to the books! You get 3 in each box!! All come with signed bookplates too!! Alongside extra interviews with some of the authors as well!

EARLY RISER by JASPER FFORDE

Very excited to receive this as I had seen it around publication date and thought it looked like ‘my kind of book’ but never got around to buying it!

The new standalone novel from Number 1 bestselling author Jasper Fforde. 

Every Winter, the human population hibernates. 

During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness, and devoid of human activity.

Well, not quite.

Your name is Charlie Worthing and it’s your first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses.

You are investigating an outbreak of viral dreams which you dismiss as nonsense; nothing more than a quirky artefact borne of the sleeping mind.

When the dreams start to kill people, it’s unsettling.

When you get the dreams too, it’s weird.

When they start to come true, you begin to doubt your sanity.

But teasing truth from Winter is never easy: You have to avoid the Villains and their penchant for murder, kidnapping and stamp collecting, ensure you aren’t eaten by Nightwalkers whose thirst for human flesh can only be satisfied by comfort food, and sidestep the increasingly less-than-mythical WinterVolk.

But so long as you remember to wrap up warmly, you’ll be fine.

ROSEWATER by TADE THOMPSON

Tade Thompson’s Rosewater is the start of an award-winning, cutting edge trilogy set in Nigeria, by one of science fiction’s most engaging new voices.

Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry and the helpless—people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumored healing powers.

Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal past. He has seen inside the biodome, and doesn’t care to again—but when something begins killing off others like himself, Kaaro must defy his masters to search for an answer, facing his dark history and coming to a realization about a horrifying future.

BLOODY ROSE by NICHOLAS EAMES

Live fast, die young.

Tam Hashford is tired of working at her local pub, slinging drinks for world-famous mercenaries and listening to the bards sing of adventure and glory in the world beyond her sleepy hometown.

When the biggest mercenary band of all rolls into town, led by the infamous Bloody Rose, Tam jumps at the chance to sign on as their bard. It’s adventure she wants – and adventure she gets as the crew embark on a quest that will end in one of two ways: glory or death.

It’s time to take a walk on the wyld side.

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I’m a very happy bookworm today with all my new books and goodies!!  Now to decide which book to read first……….

HAPPY READING!!