When an extraordinary news story breaks, everyone remembers where they were, and what they were doing. In the same way, there are remarkable books which, when first encountered, are forever impressed with a timestamp of memory.
YA author Steph Bowe passed away on 20th January, aged just 25. Ian pays tribute to Steph and the gifts she left us.
There is much I love about adult fiction. But children's literature, when done well, has a special quality.
Those of us who grew up with a rich and varied ecosystem of children's books are becoming conscious of an insidious loss of species and a trend towards large monoculture farming.