Update, Easter 2017
I haven't been here for such a long time, and so much has happened while I've been away. Rather than post about it, I thought I would just put a brief update here. 

Last summer I moved to Devon to care for my mother who was ill. My stepfather had just died (after being bedridden for years) and Jan, my mother, had just come out of hospital after an attack of pneumonia, as we thought. Although I'd just started a new job, I was coming and going between home and Devon almost as often as before, but Jan wasn't getting better and cancer was diagnosed. She died six weeks after my stepfather. I'd thought I was going to be with her in her final months, but we were denied that time together. I have nothing but admiration for the help we had from the local hospice, who supported us so that she could die at home, but it was a cruel death, and this is as much as I want to say about it.

I stayed on to empty and sell the house, and to bring Jan's beloved greyhound home with me. I've been back since Christmas, and am just beginning to emerge into the world of the living again.

This is a blog about books, with a focus on my main areas of interest: writing for older children and young adults, books from the first half of the twentieth century, particularly by women, Canadian literature, crime novels and fantasy. 

Books for review are welcome, but please email me first. Published reviews reflect my personal opinion and if I don't like a book I am unlikely to review it. Books will be reviewed as soon as possible.  I usually post copies of my reviews on LibraryThing and sometimes to Amazon UK, Goodreads, and to NetGalley, as appropriate. I will occasionally agree to host guest posts or author interviews. I don't review self-help books.

Hurlyburlybuss: Children's Literature is my personal archive of my reviews of children's books, ranging from 1800 to the present, with a distinct, but not exclusive, weighting towards fantasy for older children. If it catches my attention, I'll review it! The review policy is the same as for GeraniumCat's Bookshelf.  

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