Review: Fishnet by Kirstin Innes

Kirstin Innes’ debut novel, Fishnet, was first published by Freight Books in 2015 to critical acclaim. Subsequently it went on to win the Guardian Not the Booker Prize later that same year, another accolade for Innes, one of the first recipients of the Scottish Book Trust’s New Writers Award back in 2009. Unfortunately, Freight’s collapse late last year left Innes and her novel cast adrift without a publisher, along with many others. Luckily, Black & White Publishing came to the rescue in this case, and they brought the new edition to the shelves in July of this year.

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Review: Big Dog, Little Dog by Elodie Jarret

This charming lift-the-flap book, not to be confused with the 1973 P.D. Eastman book of the same name, is a new title from French-Swedish illustrator Elodie Jarret, known by the pseudonym Élo. As well as illustration, Élo is also a soft furnishing designer and art director, among other things. It therefore seems fitting that this book, published by Walker Books’ Studio imprint, should be so stylish and clever in its delivery.

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Review: I’m Afraid Your Teddy is in Trouble Today by Jancee Dunn and Scott Nash

Ever wondered what teddies do when you’re not home? This charming and highly amusing title answers that question. The titular Teddy has caused a bit of a situation. According to the police woman narrating the story, who involves the reader directly by breaking the fourth wall for much of it, a great deal of damage has been done to the house. Teddy called his friends around as soon as he knew he was home alone, and they proceed to cause carnage – from damaging the bed by using it as a trampoline to pouring bubble bath across the floor to having a sliding contest, it culminates in a dance party that has the neighbours complaining. As she describes the various shenanigans, the police woman’s hard shell seems to soften, and by the time she takes Teddy down to the station for questioning she is fondly remembering the one she loved as a child. She is moved to let Teddy and his friends off with a warning.

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