Monthly Archive for July, 2007

In defence of adult readers of Harry Potter

I had promised myself not to get drawn into the debates that seem to have taken over almost every medium (radio, TV, online) about whether adults should be reading the latest Harry Potter book. It seems to me the height of arrogance for anyone to tell me what I should or should not read.

But then, of course, we have to remember that this prescriptive (and indeed proscriptive) attitude is being adopted by arrogant pseudo-intellectuals. Perhaps they still think that reading should be restricted to the literary elite and not wasted on anyone who didn’t go to the right Oxbridge college. They are no doubt still mourning the invention of the printing press and the expansion of education beyond clerics and aristocracy. Continue reading ‘In defence of adult readers of Harry Potter’

“a superb read”: Review of Abiding Evil in DeathRay magazine

The latest issue of DeathRay magazine, available in shops from today, has a great review of Abiding Evil. Phil Kelly says “It is the author’s handle on the dynamics of families and friendship that make this book so involving” and goes on to say “Abiding Evil is a superb read“.

Our favourite line from the review:

Ms. Buck’s imagery is extremely vivid, tapping into the most primeval of humanity’s fears – darkness, abandonment, kidnapping, and the cold claw of nature.

Pass the Buck – Interview with Alison Buck in News Shopper

Following the publication of Abiding Evil, Alison was interviewed by the leisure editor of the News Shopper, her local newspaper, and featured in an article entitled Pass the Buck (!) accompanied by a very moody photograph. The article is also available in the News Shopper leisure news RSS feed from their online edition.