Bedtime Stories and Teenage Readers

50 Great Bedtime Stories

My son was born at 5:36 am on the 2 June 2002. It had been a long night, and it was a long day (admittedly, more so for my wife!), and when I went home from the hospital that evening, it was with the surreal realisation I was now a dad. I decided my first dad-duty would be to buy a book of bedtime stories. Continue ReadingBedtime Stories and Teenage Readers

The Gorilla Hunters by RM Ballantyne

There were old tea chests in a spare room at my grandparents’ house. In them, my younger brother and I found 78 RPM records, 1940s Film Fun Annuals and Biggles books, which had belonged to my father and his brother as boys. But for the 10-year-old me, the greatest treasure was a mint copy of The Gorilla Hunters by R.M. Ballantyne.  Continue ReadingThe Gorilla Hunters by RM Ballantyne

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl

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A pleasant memory from 2013 popped up in my Facebook timeline the other day. It was a comment I’d made in response to a post by the Sydney Writers’ Festival on a “fantastic find” in Sappho Books, Glebe, a treasured secondhand copy of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox.  Continue ReadingFantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl