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‘Bon Bons’ which may actually  be ‘good good’ for you?

Chocolate salty balls neither salty nor choc-filled?

What fresh whipped madness is this?

TW writes:

I know you don’t normally do this, but my wife, Susan Jane White, launches her first cookbook today and Saskia Vermeulen has just made a short [90 second] film [above]] about Susan’s delicious spirulina bonbons…. the original amazeballs. The book is called The Extra Virgin Kitchen and it’s v handsome, though I admit to some bias.

Susan Jane White

CBI BOTY 2013 A2 HR51 NO FEE BOOK AWARDS(Above, from left:  Daniel Bradley (9), Nahla Burke (3), Martha Quinn (9) and Benjamin Bradley (9) in Dublin’s Royal Hibernian Academy, launching the 23rd Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards.)

That changes TODAY.

Children’s Books Ireland has announced its shortlist for the Book of the Year.

And what a page-turning 12 months it has been in children’s writing.

The shortlisted include:

The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan
Hóng by Anna Heussaff
Na Laochra is Lú by Laoise Ní Cléirigh and illustrated by Steve Simpson
Spellbound by Siobhán Parkinson and illustrated by Olwyn Whelan
Mise agus an Dragún by Patricia Forde and illustrated by Steve Simpson
Dark Warning by Marie Louise Fitzpatrick
Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
Grounded by Sheena Wilkinson

And we have all TEN to give away to the favourite niece/nephew of YOUR choice in a competition that could help you win their affection for at least a YEAR.

To enter, complete this sentence.

I would like to give my [niece/nephew]___________the Children’s Books of the year because________________

Lines close at 3pm.

Winner announced in comments section by 5pm.

Children’s Books Ireland

(Photocall Ireland)


Sophie Sorel writes:

I know you don’t normally do this but this is a special Christmas request. My mother has written an amazing book, which we self-published. It is called
“CHORDS – The new Banríon” by K. Quinn Sorel. It is a fiction/fantasy book set in the west of Ireland. It has just the right amount of magic explained through physics and has a great storyline and characters (not my words but those of people who have already read it).
It would be fantastic if you could put this up on your website so maybe people would go check it out. I’m sure you know how hard it is to get published nowadays if your book doesn’t contain vampires, werewolves or the mention of the name Grey. Together, let’s promote Ireland and Irish literature :)


Chords: The New Banrion is available at the Science Gallery, Pearse Street, Dublin, and on Amazon.