You won’t want to miss this!
You won’t want to miss this!
The Oslo Detectives are back in another slice of gripping, dark Nordic Noir…
When a dead man is lifted from the freezing waters of Oslo Harbour just before Christmas, Detective Lena Stigersand’s stressful life suddenly becomes even more complicated. Not only is she dealing with a cancer scare, a stalker and an untrustworthy boyfriend, but it seems both a politician and Norway’s security services might be involved in the murder.
With her trusted colleagues, Gunnarstranda and Frølich, at her side, Lena digs deep into the case and finds that it not only goes to the heart of the Norwegian establishment, but it might be rather to close to her personal life for comfort.
Dark, complex and nail-bitingly tense, ‘The Ice Swimmer‘ is the latest and most unforgettable instalment in the critically acclaimed Oslo Detective series, by Kjell Ola Dahl, the godfather of Nordic Noir.
To be in with a chance of winning these brilliant books, please leave a comment to enter – preferably with a swimming-related story or memory. This competition is open until Sunday, 22nd April, 2018 at midday.
Good evening folks, happy World Book Night. For the second year running, I have been chosen to be a “giver” so I have several copies of ‘The Secret Scripture’ by Sebastian Barry to pass on.
Here’s a bit more info about World Book Night:
“The more I read the more I fought against the assumption that literature is for the minority – of a particular education or class. Books were my birthright too.” Jeanette Winterson, ‘Why be happy when you could be normal?’
UNESCO defines literacy as the “ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society.”
It is widely acknowledged that reading for pleasure improves literacy directly by actively engaging emerging readers in the desire to read.
In the UK over half of adults of working age (56%) have literacy skills below the level of a good GCSE, 40% of these are at Level 1 (similar to a D-G in GCSE English), the government set standard for literacy, and 16% at or below the level expected of an 11-year-old. In teens, literacy levels have been steadily rising as a result of the National Literacy Strategy but directly alongside this, reading for pleasure has begun to decline. Surveys report that between a third and half of the UK population don’t regularly read, see reading as a chore and aren’t interested in or see the value of reading. Many regular readers take it for granted that everyone has had the same opportunity they have – to have been introduced to reading by someone passionate about and to have had the opportunity to develop that passion themselves.
Reading changes lives, improves employability, social interaction, enfranchisement and can have an effect on mental health and happiness.
Through its unique delivery World Book Night involves tens of thousands of people in sharing the value of reading in their communities and delivers brilliant books directly into the hands of those who might never otherwise engage with books and reading.
As a trainee teacher and writer, I am very aware of the power of the written word and that is why World Book Night is one of the most important dates in my calendar each year. The idea that giving someone a compelling book could change their life so fundamentally makes me want to do this every day of the year.
If you know someone who is not “a natural reader” or “a bookworm”, leave a comment on this post or Tweet me @vpeanuts and I’ll happily share one of my WBN books in the hope of changing their mind.
Last year I gave ‘Someone Like You‘, a collection of short stories by my favourite author Roald Dahl. The guest post that will follow this one explains how that book made the difference to one young man’s life.
So, winter is here. The nights are drawing in, it’s dark, it’s cold, the weather’s miserable and your summer holidays are but a distant memory. People are worried about dieting to squeeze into that Christmas party dress, others are concerned about their bank balance in the run-up to Christmas. Many people are suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder.
After reading another blog, I had an idea of how we could help each other to get through the winter. Commit to a random act of kindness. It could be one thing that you’re going to do before 2012 is through – like donate some money to a charity. Maybe it’s something you could do on a weekly basis like help out at a soup kitchen. Perhaps you could help a neighbour or a family member with their shopping or their cleaning. If there’s someone you know who lives alone, maybe you could give them a quick call or send a letter, maybe pop in for 10 minutes. You could make someone breakfast in bed, carry someone’s shopping to their car – or anything you fancy; use your imagination!
My pledge is to share a smile at least once a day, even if I don’t feel like it. I honestly believe that a smile can go a long way.
There is a Guinness World Record attempt to get more than 100,000 people to commit to Random Acts of Kindness before the end of 2012. You can register your pledge here: http://cluster.gishwhes2012.com/pledge.php They won’t bug you with mailing list stuff unless you opt in.
I’d love to hear about your Random Acts of Kindness, what are you going to do or what’s someone done for you that’s made a difference to you?