Murder by the Bottle Ed Whitfield Blog Tour



Keir Rothwell is an angry young man.

Spurned by his lover and mentor and removed from his art school for an inappropriate installation at the end of the year show, he is determined this will not be the end of his artistic endeavours.

A new job in his local wine shop gives Keir a creative out-let a chance to turn shop floor drudgery into an original work of art. But his wine critiques mock the shop’s clientele and tension builds on both sides of the counter.

When his new project is threatened, conflict becomes murder and along buried secrets threaten to destroy the artists. But Keir Rothwell will not be undone.


Murder by the Bottle is Tautly written and threaded with dark humour, it is a compelling study in character, criminally and truth.

I loved reading this thriller book with a young man that I had begun to like, but little did I know he was going to cause a lot of grief.

Artists Keir Rothwell never signed his letters using his own name, but with sincerely New Shockley Artist. His ambition was writing, but the thing is, he never had a story that he could tell. For a twenty year old he was a smart guy with an intelligent brain that most twenty years old don’t have.

Keir got a very good job working in a wine shop, but he flips and kills a married woman, who run the wine shop. To make things even worse for him after killing Petra he tried to kill a man. On both occasions of him committing murder he covers his tracks. With his high IQ he works out his alibi for the murder of Petra, and the man he thinks he has left for dead.

Keir has a run in with Petra’s husband when he questioned Keir as to where his wife is. When a Detective Inspector asks Keir some questions relating to Petra’s husband who has reported his wife missing, I give it to Keir, he was good actor, answering the detective, with what he thinks are the perfect answers.

I loved reading the exciting dialogue from Keir, as I never thought he could answer the police with lies so calmly as he did.

I have to declare that Keir Rothwell is every parents nightmare. If I had been his mother, I would have screamed at him why? Why do such a horrible thing. I didn’t bring you up like this. Why on earth did you do it?

While I was reading each chapter, I could picture everything that happened like it was film, which now after reading Murder by the Bottle I know it should be made into a thriller film.

The author has the power, giving readers a page turning story with plenty of moments to wonder why didn’t I see that coming!

Utterly thrilling. All thriller fans if I have to sum this thriller up in three words, I have to say A Must Buy! I cross my heart, you won’t regret buying this novel Murder by the Bottle.


I would like to say a special thanks to red door books for inviting me to take part in this amazing blog tour.

About author Ed Whitfield

Ed Whitfield is a film and theatre critic, who occasionally blogs on his popular culture. To pose as a novelist he undertook as MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow, and Faber’s Writing a Novel Programme. He enjoys long walks, dining, dining on ashes and faux self-deprecation. He splits his time between London and Cornwall, but has heard great things the rest of the world and hopes to see it one someday ( provided there’s a good bus service ). Murder by the Bottle is his debut novel.

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Oxygen Sacha Naspini review


Translated by the Italian by Clarissa Botsford

Paperback published by Europa Editions 20th May 2021

ISBN : 9781787702943

Available to buy on amazon

What would you do if one day you found out that the person who raised you is a monster?

In 199, eight-year-old Laura disappears into thin air. Fourteen years later she is discovered living imprisoned in a metal container.

Luca is having dinner with his father when they are interrupted by a visit from the carabinieri. Lucas watches on helplessly as his father is taken away.

The charges brought against his father, the esteemed anthropologist Carlo Maria Balestri are extremely grave multiple accounts of abduction, torture,murder, and concealing his victim’s bodies.

How do you talk to a daughter who is a survivor of fourteen years of isolation? How do you go on living knowing that your father is a psychopath?

The hell Balestri created does not end with his arrest.


This book is a chilling profound study of the legacy of evil. It left me shocked and sad for Lucas.

This story tells how 29 year-old Lucas is wrecked, grieving for his mother who has died and little does he know that there is more upset to follow. His father hires a housekeeper, who Lucas takes an instant dislike to. One evening while they are eating dinner the Carabinieri enter the house and arrest his 59 year-old father for the abduction, torture, murder, and concealing his victims bodies.

Lucas not entirely convinced his father could commit anything like what he has been arrested for, as Lucas can remember wanting to be a pilot and his father buying him model air craft.

Everything will change in Lucas life if his father is committed for these horrific crimes.

I have read so many stories of a girl being locked in a cage somewhere, but not one like this , the whole story is really a splendid new fictional step-up!

Frightened eight year old Laura has been locked up in a metal container that is like an iron cage and fears of her abductor every time he enters the room. The monster kept her there until she was rescued fourteen years later, where during that time being locked up from such a young age was embarrassed going through the personal things of womanhood alone in front of only a horrible man who wouldn’t let her go home.

When Laura returns home, I expected joy and happiness from Laura, finally seeing her parents again, and I assumed that equally her parents would have excited having their daughter back home. But with Laura being locked up for far too long it has caused major problems.

You may not have heard of this author Sacha Naspini but this is my honest truth it is one of the most exciting books about a young girls abduction, that I have ever read it’s such a clever story, and will stay with me for ever.

This tops my list of best reads.

Please go read Oxygen by Sacha Naspini !


Sacha Naspini was born in Grosseto in 1976, he is an editor, art director and screen writer, as well as being the author of several novels and short stories. Oxygen is his English language debut.

The Man Who Made Them Happy Jon Lawrence blog tour


Paperback published by Eyrie Press June 21st 2021

It’s 1985, and single mum Amelia is beginning her new job at Sandwick Nursing Home in the Shetlands. While there, she befriends residents Henry Halleton, a retired BBC war correspondent who is coming to terms with the loss of his wife. As Amelia struggles to connect with her young son, Henry forms a strange relationship with Mary, a dementia sufferer, under the watchful eye of the brutal head nurse, Sean.

Having lived with a secret which has brought him nightmares since World War Two, Henry enlists Amelia’s help to create the perfect day for all the other forgotten residents. In order to succeed, Henry needs to uncover the remarkable stories of all those who call Sandwick home.

The Man Who Made Them Happy is a story about the lengths one man will go to free himself from demons. Poignant and powerful, it is a tale of love, friendship, kindness and guilt. From the author of Silence and Songbirds, The Jack Newton Radio and The House on the Roof of the World.


Wow! I loved every single word written in every chapter. It was a real pleasure to be swept away, becoming absolutely fascinated with each character in believing everything how each voice told their story. If there’s one book I’m going to highly recommend reading it has to be The Man Who Made Them Happy, by Jon Lawrence, as he weaves a mixture of well believable scenes. It’s a beautiful story it made me happily cry, and cry with some heartbreaking news, with at the same time made me angry.

Amelia is a single mother and starts her new job at Sandwick Nursing Home. She is a kind caring worker always making time for all resident, specially including Henry Halleton, who was a retired BBC war correspondent that has nightmares of something he did in the past. Henry strikes up a special relationship with a Mary who suffers from dementia.

The head nurse Sean made me really angry being extremely bossy to his staff and residents, and what appalled me even more is that he had a violent streak in him lashing physically out. I had a big knot in my stomach every time Sean appeared. I braced myself as my mouth went dry, with Henry, and Amelia that came up with a plan to try and report Sean.

Jon Lawrence has achieved a sheer brilliant way in how we get to know about each residents, telling their own story about themselves and what they did for a living in their past.

I found a lot similarities to my life inside this book. I used to work in a friendly residential care home, where all the staff called residents by their first names and the residents called staff by their first names. And further more we allowed to chat to the elderly residents, where I was told the amazing stories about their lives.

What I liked about this fictional story is how inside Sandwick Nursing home is the fact that everything is so different to a real nursing home. All the staff have to strictly call the residents by their surname only and all the residents have to call staff by their surname. It’s rather odd but all the staff referred to each member of the staff by their surname too, that doesn’t sound a friendly place.

The Man Who Made Them Happy is a very special book to me for my own personal reasons.

I loved reading this book even more through the sheer fact of many coincidences, my Nan’s name was Amelia so I was pleased single mum who started working in the Nursing Home was named Amelia.

As one of the residents is named Bill, that was was my late fathers name who died in hospital during lockdown, and he suffered from dementia. In remembrance to my late father, is that when my late dad was alive he use to like listening to music and one of boy bands my dad listened to was Westlife, as I now have his CD collection I decided to take a picture of this wonderful book next to my late fathers Westlife CD.

Set within The Man Who Made Them Happy is a Mrs Smythe, and that ironically was my music teacher’s name. And while one residents inside Sandwick Nursing Home talks to Henry and Amelia about his past, he revealed that he was posted to Malta during the war. This story couldn’t of got even better for me being glued to this as my partner is half Maltese, and I have been to one of my partners cousins wedding in Malta.

In the residential home I worked in we were allowed to chat to the residents. But I did feel sorry for Amelia as she is told off, by Head Nurse Sean for talking to one of the residents, informing her job is clean up after the residents and to help them with the things they can’t do.

I was horrified as by Sean’s orders no music is allowed in Sandwick which, upset the residents and the staff.

The lovely care home where I used to work the owner was extremely kind and had live bands come in and sing, to all the residents and staff, singing all the old songs that the residents knew watching their faces lit up and happily singing along, made me really happy.

With my hand on my heart I recommend reading The Man Who Made Them Happy by Jon Lawrence as this is a wonderful talented author so much so I just didn’t want the story to end. I hope you all enjoy reading this book as much I did from the first page right up to the very last word.

I would like to thank eyrie press for sending me this wonderful proof copy to read and review and for very kindly thinking of me to join in with this fabulous blog tour ❤️


Jon Lawrence is a Welsh author, playwright and poet who now resides in Norfolk. Jon Lawrence was born in Pontypridd, Wales in 1995.To date he has written three novels, four novellas, a full length play, two children’s songbooks and a number of children’s school plays. He has also written an autobiographical travel journal about his treks through five deserts. He also teaches creative writing and music. He works with children around eastern England where he is fondly referred to as The Music Man.

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@JulietConlin @HodderBooks @lovebooksgroup @lovebookstours

Happy Publication day to Juliet Ann Conlin

I very happy to be part of the book blitz party today

Love, Hope by Juliet Ann Conlin publishes today 17th June 2020


An unexpected letter. An unlikely friendship. A chance to start again.

Ever since she first picked up a violin, Hope Sullivan dreamed of going to music college, joining an orchestra and travelling the world with her best friend Janey. But when her parents were killed in a car accident on the way to one of her recitals, she gave it all up to look after her younger sister, Autumn. Ten years later, Janey is living their dream on her own, Autumn is flourishing as a doctor and Hope’s life is smaller and less musical than ever.

Arnold Quince had the happiest of lives – until he lost his beloved wife Marion. Once the life and soul of the village, he withdrew into his grief and pushed all his friends away. Now, five years on, he is sick, lonely and just counting down the years until he can be with Marion again.

When Hope and Arnold are pushed into writing to one another, neither has any idea how much their life is about to change.

Author Bio

Juliet Conlin was born in London and grew up in England and Germany. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Durham. She works as a writer and translator and lives with her husband and four children in Berlin. She writes in both English and German. Her novels include ‘The Fractured Man’ (Cargo, 2013), ‘The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days’ (Black & White Publishing, 2017), ‘The Lives Before Us’ (Black & White, 2019), and ‘Sisters of Berlin (Black & White, 2020). Subscribe to Juliet’s newsletter, NOTES FROM BERLIN,


A Tiger Named Lee by @SineadMurphy7x @shannoncresham @TinyTreeBooks @lovebooksgroup @lovebookstours

I would like to wish Sinead Murphy and Shannon Cresham a happy publication day 😁

A Tiger Named Lee by Sinead Murphy illustrated by Shannon Cresham publishes today 17th June 2020

Lee is a tiny tiger who lives with his mum in the safety of his treetop house. There he feels safe from dangers of the dark jungle below. But one wild stormy night. Lee and his Mum are thrown to the ground and Lee is forced to face his fears in order to help her. A Tiger named Lee tells the story of a timid little tiger who refuses to leave his tree-top perch and go down to the jungle floor for fear of what may lie there. However, he and his Mum are thrown from the tree on a stormy night and the little tiger has to overcome his fears.

About Sinead Murphy

Sinead Murpy is an Irish author, television Director, and filmmaker. A Tiger named Lee is Sinead’s debut picture book, published in 2021 by Tiny Tree Children’s Books. Sinead wrote A Tiger Named Lee for her young daughter to show her that it’s normal to have fears and worries and that help is always there if you ask for it.

Widowland C. J. Carey Blog Blast


Paperback Published by Quercus 28th April 2022

Hardback published 10th June 2021

To control the past, they edited history. To control the future, they edited literature.

An alternative history with a strong feminist twist, perfect for fans of Robert Harris Fatherland, Christina Dalcher’s Vox and dystopian novels of Margaret Atwood

London, 1953, Coronation year -but not the Coronation of Elizabeth II.

Thirteen years have passed since a Grand Alliance between Great Britain and Germany was formalised. George VI and his family have been murdered and Edward VIII rules as King. Yet in practice, all power is vested in Alfred Rosenberg, Britain’s Protector. The role and status of women in Rosenberg’s particular interest.

Rose Ransom belongs to the elite caste of women and works at the Ministry of Culture, rewriting literature to correct the views of past. But now she has been given a special task.

Outbreaks of insurgency have been seen across the country; graffiti daubed on public buildings. Disturbingly, the graffiti is made up of lines from forbidden work, subversive words from the voices of women. Suspicion has fallen on Widowland, the run-down slums where childless women over fifty have been banished. These women are known to be mutinous, for they have nothing to loose.

Before the leader arrives for the Coronation ceremony of King Edward and Queen Wallis, Rose must infiltrate Widowland to find the source of this rebellion and ensure that it is squashed.


The big day was approaching and there seemed to be no end to festivities. All along the Thames decorations were being hung. Bunting was entwined between the plane trees, and ribbons twisted through the Victorian wrought-iron railings of the Embankment. I could feel the excitement here with all the preparations getting ready for the Coronation, as I remember when was a little girl joining in with my street party with lovely decorated tables and chairs and loads of food celebrating a coronation.

In Widowland, The House of Commons itself was decked out like a dowager queen in a flutter of pennants and flags. Every shop had its royal picture posted in the window.

Rose Ransom who rewrites literature on a typewriter, stared down at the tops of the buses and the heads of pedestrians below. Any event was enough to distract most office workers, but that day’s novelty was exceptional. I loved reading about Rose in her office, bringing back my memories of when I used to have an old fashioned typewriter and having to buy the ribbon for for it.

The Coronation of Edward VIII and Queen Wallis was scheduled for 2nd May and the Government had announced that every citizen in the land would have access to a television to watch it. Thousands of sets had been installed in work places, factories and public houses. In schools, offices and shops. For the first time in thirteen years, every adult and child had been given a day off to see the royal couple crowned. I loved reading this part as now days every home as TV set to watch the royal family.

I would like to thank Quercus Books for sending me an early paperback proof to read and review.


A note from the author

C. J. Carey is a novelist, journalist and broadcaster. She has worked at the Sunday Times , the Daily Telegraph and the BBC, among others. She also writes novels under the name Jane Thynne and lives in London. Widowland is the first novel she has written as C. J. Carey.

Jane can speak about her personal experience with early widowhood, as the window of the late bestselling author Philip Kerr, and how she reclaimed her life back. The novel originated from a specific encounter that the author experienced not being invited to a dinner party that was for couples only when she felt like she had entered Widowland. The author’s research on the role and treatment of women during WWII. The notions of rewriting history, how to document and remember history, and the role of literature in history and books as relics of history, the power of reading to open minds.


A brilliantly convincing and gripping dystopian vision. Fantastically detailed and assured, I read it with huge admiration for having pulled off such a terrific novel. From author ELizabeth Buchan.

Widowland is a triumph. One of the best counterfactual dystopias ever written about what a Nazi Britain might be like, it not only equals Fatherland and The Handmaid’s Tale but, by placing literary heroines as it’s heart, supersedes them. As witty as it is withering, as thrilling as it is consummately imagined, this deserves to be the bestseller of 2021

From author Amanda Craig.

A terrifying, vividly imagined story of a Nazi Britain that might have been. Tense, utterly convincing and, in the end, very moving.

From author Nicci French

I am in awe at the author’s imagination, her ability to conjure and so cleverly convey an entire world it manages to feel both chillingly dystopian and utterly realistic. I love the details of the office, and Rose’s flat, and her bus rides, but most of all I loved the description of the Oxford Widowlands, and the women who inhabit it and her bus rides, but most of all I loved the description of the Oxford Widowlands and the women who inhabit it Viva the Friedas.

From Sabrina Durrant

Two women in Rome Elizabeth Buchan



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Lottie Archer arrives in Rome newly married and ready for a change as she takes up a job as an archivist. When she discovers a valuable fifteenth-century painting, she is drawn to find out more about Nina Lawrence, the woman who left it behind.

Nina seems to have led a rewarding and useful life, restoring Italian gardens to their full glory following the destruction of World War Two. So why did no one attend her funeral in 1978?

In exploring Nina’s past, Lottie unravels a complicated love story beset by the political turmoil of post-war Italy. And as she edges closer to the understanding Nina, and the city draws her deeper into its life, she is bought up against a past which will come to shape her own future.


I have something to confess. One year my mother requested from me for her birthday a book by Elizabeth Buchan. I became a fan of Elizabeth Buchan books since the day I bought my mum a book for her birthday. Now I just love reading books by author Elizabeth Buchan.  So lucky for me when I gave my mother a birthday present I gave myself a present too, I actually found a new author to adore.

Two women in Rome really pulled me in. I took my time reading this book as to take in Lottie’s job as I loved reading about it. Her job was something so completely different from what I have ever read before. I literally savoured every page. 

I loved reading about Lottie as she was my favourite character. I did feel really sorry for Lottie as she was given away at birth by her mother and she didn’t even know who her father was. 

I was attached to the back story in how Lottie found her husband Tom, as it’s wasn’t how I thought Lottie would have found Tom. So I really liked that part as I do like reading the unexpected of how two couples meet. 

Tom persuades Lottie to move to Rome and apply for a archivist job, where she finds two boxes one with a label on Nina Maria Lawrence, 1940 – 78 with written the words No know contacts, No known issue. No claimants. And inside is a valuable painting from a manuscript. I was interested from this moment on to find out who was Nina Lawrence. 

This is a gorgeous uplifting story that makes a good choice for all book clubs to talk over about some of the many storylines set within in these chapters as so much more happens, I can’t possibly spill and tell you!


Elizabeth Buchan was a fiction editor at Random House before leaving to write full time. Her novels include the prize-winning Consider the Lily, international bestseller Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman, The New Mrs Clifton and The Museum of Broken Promises, Buchan’s short stories are broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in magazines. She has reviewed for the Sunday Times, The Times and the Daily Mail, and has chaired the Betty Trask and Desmond Elliot literary prizes. She was a judge for the Whitbread First Novel Award and for the 2014 Costa Novel Award. She is patron of the Guilford Book Festival and co-founder of the Clapham Book Festival.

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#FreshWaterForFlowers @ValeriePerrin_ @EuropaEduk @midaspr @ bookread2day



Over 1 millions copies sold worldwide International No 1 Bestseller

violette Toussaint is the caretaker at a cemetery in a small town in Bourgogne. Her daily life is lived to the rhythms of the hilarious and touching confidences of random visitors and her colleagues three gravediggers, three groundskeepers, and a priest.

Violette’s routine is disrupted one day by arrival police chief Julien Seul, wishing to deposit his mother’s ashes on the gravesite of a complete stranger. Julien is not the only one to guard a painful secret his mother’s story of clandestine love breaks through Violette’s carefully constructed defences to reveal the tragic loss of her daughter, and her steely determination to find out who is responsible.

An unforgettable story of love and loss told through the life of a woman who believes obstinately in happiness. Touching on the deepest aspects of human life, Fresh Water for Flowers brings out the exceptional and the poetic in the ordinary and reminds us the life affirming value of kindness.


The book I read 2day is Fresh Water for Flowers, one that I throughly enjoyed every single page.

With reading this type of book involving a cemetery keeper it’s brought it home to me to give my appreciation to cemetery keepers. At times it’s hard not to get caught up with emotions, but at the same time it is without question one the most best original stories I have read. Valerie Perrin sets the scenes that makes you feel like you know violette and cemetery that she runs.

Fresh Water for Flowers is told in the voice of Violette taking us through the stages of what’s involved in her day to day running of her cemetery.

Fresh Water for Flowers is an unique beautifully written story, one that grabbed my attention from the first page, This story made me believe in every word that Violette said and everything with Violette’s day to day schedules of running her cemetery.

The story is quite believable that’s how I can see why this book is the international No 1 bestseller.

I recommend Fresh Water for Flowers by Valerie Perrin as it’s mesmerising and a compassionate story with beautifully well written chapters all the way through, one paperback not to be missed.

Violette was sadly given away at birth and given a different surname, she only became Toussaint after marrying Phillipe Toussaint.

Violette and her husband lost their jobs as a level-crossing keeper. They both needed a job, after Violette finds a job advertising for a cemetery keeper at Brancion-en – Chalon, They both become the new cemetery keeper with a salary and on site accommodation . There would be nothing for either of them to do as they will already have three gravediggers three undertakers.

The cemetery is beautiful with the avenues lined with centenarian linden trees. It is Violette’s job is to keep the register and records of all the burials and exhumations. Violette is always very be discreet and full of compassion to those who have to bury a loved one. I could really feel the atmosphere of the well keep grounds and the accommodation that Violette and her husband live in.

The one thing that keeps Violette busy is by selling potted plants and when they are no longer worth selling she puts them in abandoned graves.

It’s not long before violette becomes to know everyone, even the locals who don’t yet have any one dead at her cemetery. All of the people have passed through the cemetery at least once, for a burial of a friend or neighbour or a colleague’s mother.

If you buy this book I do hope that you will all enjoy reading it as much as what I did as there’s far more that happens throughout this brilliant story to keep you all wrapped up in.


My hand on my heart I really would like to thank Midas and Europa Editions fir sending me this beautiful paperback to read and review.


Melancholic and yet ebullient: The Guardian

Valerie Perrin’s delightful Fresh Water for Flowers is funny and moving story of one woman’s belief that everything will turn out right : Stylist

A tender and poignant exploration of love, loss and redemption : publishers Weekly.

A beautiful, intensely atmosphere bittersweet dream of a book : Matt Haig.


Valerie Perrin is a photographer and screenwriter who works with Claude Lelouch . Her first novel, Les Oublies du Dimanche, won numerous prizes including the 2016 Lire Elire and Poulet-Malassis. Fresh Water for Flowers is her first novel to be translated into English and an international sensation.

About the translator

Hildegarde Serle graduated in French from Oxford University. After working for a newspaper subeditor in London for many years, she obtained the Chartered Institute of Linguists Diploma in Translation. She is the translator of A Winter Promise and The Missing of Clairdelune, atmospheric, absorbing tale.

Ceri and Deri Pudding For Dessert Max Low



Ceri and Deri are well known for having a sweet tooth and like visiting both Delwen’s Domain of Desserts and Peredur’s Pudding Palace. But one day Delwen and Perecur have an argument which are best puddings or desserts?


As I love cakes, and pudding I fell in love with the inside of the cover.

I really liked how children can special write their name on a beautiful page full of yummy cakes and desserts.

Ceri and Deri Pudding for Dessert is the latest in the educational picture book series that teaches children how two people can see things different. It also shows children the importance of community when settling disputes as well as the valued friendship, in an accessible and engaging way.

I loved how Ceri is a cat with stripes and Deri is a dog that has spots. They are best friends and do everything together. They both have a very sweet tooth ( just like I do ! ) When a pudding and dessert shop keeper, Delwen and Peredur have an argument over if a trifle is a dessert or a pudding, a Detective Inspector is called to put a stop to the argument that has got out of hand. Finally the argument gets resolved with a surprise at the end of this hilarious story.

I recommend this book as it’s a very funny story with delicious cakes, pudding and dessert pictures and very educational for children to show how an argument can be resolved.

Max low has also written several other Ceri and Deri books for children. Parents why not take a look at all these lovely books in the series on graffeg books website

I would like to thank graffeg for sending me this lovely surprise of Ceri and Deri Pudding for Desserts to read and review.


Max Low is a graduate of Hereford School of Arts and was selected by best-selling Children’s author Nicola Davies to illustrate Bee Boy and the Moonflowers, the penultimate tale in Graffeg’s Shadows and Light series. In 2019, Max was selected by the Bookseller for their Ones to Watch list of Welsh creatives. Max is based in Abergavenny, Wales.

Mouse and Mole The Secret of Happiness Joyce Dunbar and James Mayhew



What is the secret of happiness?

Is it a good read with a favourite book ?

A carefree walk on a spring day?

Your friends coming to tea and making a big fuss over you ?

Is it all of these things?

Or perhaps happiness isn’t a secret at all ?

Maybe you can share it in these three sparkling stories about Mouse, Mole and their woodland friends.

Books in the series

Mouse and Mole

Happy Days for Mouse and Mole

Mouse and Mole Have a Party

A Very Special Mouse and Mole

Mouse and Mole: A Fresh Start

Mouse and Mole: The Secret of Happiness


Characters that stand alongside the greats of children’s literature. They work their magic not just on children, but on parents too. : Sunday Telegraph

Warm and witty illustrations, perfect to snuggle up with on a chilly afternoon. : Practical Parenting

Children will love the simple adventures of these two unlikely companions: The School Librarian


Wow! Children are in for a real treat. Inside the book has the amazing picture of Mouse and Mole to help children know who is the Mouse and which one is the Mole.

What I thought was a marvellous idea is inside the book is a special place for children to put their name .

The story is about different subjects that contain everything that children do. Mouse and Mole sit in their armchairs and read. But Mole gets hiccups, then an itch and each time Mouse helps Mole, just like real friends do, they all help each other.

Mole decided to go for a walk, but each time Mole went for a walk he was sent on errands to bring back something for Mouse.

I wondered why this book was Mouse and Mole The Secret of Happiness and then I found out.

When Mole wakes up from having a dream he can’t remember what his dreamt at all. But all Mole friends try to help Mole remember the dream. And then Mole remembers it.

I am a big fan of getting children to read and love reviewing children’s books to get word out of new books that have been published. Graffeg books have a brilliant selection of children’s books, parents why not visit them and take a look at what books your children could discover the love of reading.

Mouse and Mole The Secret of Happiness is high up on my recommendation children’s book list as this book is a truly beautiful well designed story by Joyce Dunbar and an amazing illustrated book by James Mayhew.


Joyce Dunbar has published more than 80 books that have been translated into 20 languages. She is best known for her lively and quirky picture books stories, with their wide emotional range. She can be funny, as in I WILL NOT WEAR PINK , joyously illustrated by her daughter Polly, vividly poetic, as in PUSS JEKYLL CAT HYDE, reassuring, as in her best selling title TELL ME SOMETHING HAPPY BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP.

She is the author of a series of 26 stories called MOUSE AND MOLE, which one reviewer described as among the greats of English Literature. These have been made into T. animation with Alan Bennett, Richard Briers and Imelda Staunton playing the part. She considers thresher most definitive and characteristic works. The Christmas Special was aired again in 2016. She has written many stories for radio and TV and contributed to several anthologies. You can find out all about Joyce Dunbar books by visiting her Website