Welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.
I’m so pleased to have this week’s author on the blog I think she may be the first solely children’s book reviewer I’ve had on (I like firsts). Julia also writes adult fiction in a partnership under the pen name Ginger Black.
So, onto the books! Here is Julia’s bookshelf, enjoy…
What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
Stig of the Dump by Clive King. I still have it!
What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone. I can’t wait to get into this and review it for my children’s book review blog.
Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
The Wild Other by Clover Stroud and I just adored it. I was straight back in Somerset on my little fat pony galloping around the countryside.
Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
Ooh – good question! Definitely The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange and Sealskin by Su Bristow; Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and Do No Harm by Henry Nash. And finally, perhaps the best of the all, The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane and illustrated by Jackie Morris.
Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
Why I’m No Longer talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge because my daughter has told me all about it and it sounds the business.
What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?
The Best Punctuation Book, Period by June Casagrande. Because there is always more to learn!
Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?
Riverside Lane, which I co-authored with Gaynor Pengelly under the pen name Ginger Black. Riverside Lane will always have a special place in my heart as it is my first published novel.
Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
That’s easy – Lucy Strange’s The Secret of Nightingale Wood
Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?
The Witches’ Punchbowl, a children’s novel for readers aged 8-12. It is set in a fictional valley in the chalk hills above the river Thames. The Witches’ Punchbowl will be published later this year.
Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?
Julia Thum’s Bookshelf
About Julia Thum
I grew up on a farm in Somerset where I spent my formative years damming streams, riding ponies, losing my wellies in the bog and making tree houses. When forced to stay inside I escaped into books; Tom’s Midnight Garden, The Little White Horse and The Secret Garden were among my favourites, and I was a proud member of The Puffin Club and The Tufty Club. There was a boring chunk in the middle of my life when I tried to be mature and sensible, then my kids came along and gave me the excuse to revert to childhood.
My body lives with its family on the river Thames in Bray, but my mind lives in a world of magical mystery, eccentric people and endless adventures that I struggle to shape into compelling characters and intriguing stories.
I am still happiest out in the fresh air; on my kayak paddling up the Thames, jogging along the towpath or walking my dog Rumpole. I occasionally do a bit of cooking and enjoy that, as well as helping the kids with their six tortoises and four rabbits that crawl and hop around our garden. I can also be found doing the odd headstand under a tree when the wind is in the east
I write adult fiction with a friend under the pen name Ginger Black and have written five children’s novels (one for each of my kids). When Ginger Black’s first novel Riverside Lane came out in paperback I was persuaded to give my children’s fiction an airing, and since then have been polishing up The Witches’ Punchbowl.
Facebook – @JuliaThumWrites
Julia thanks so much for stopping by, This is a really interesting bookshelf and it’s been so nice meeting and getting to know you.
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