My 5 All Time Favourite Books

the hearing trumpet

1. The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington

This book is beautifully written. Leonora is famous for her work with the surrealist movement. Part of the reason i love this book, I must confess is because I’m such a fan of the woman behind the book.

The book follows one woman who is a little paranoid. We see her descend into full blown madness with Leonora’s own surreal twist. A must read for anyone who likes well written, slightly odd classic novels.

alice in wonderland

2. Alice’s Adventures in wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The thing I like about this book is that it is suggestively dark without ever being explicitly so. A much loved read for anyone who wants a trip to Wonderland.


3. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel spark

This book will have you howling with laughter. The impressionable young girls in the book are sure to resonate with all women. I love this book because Jean Brodie is one of my favourite heroines without ever even doing anything overtly brave.

the bell jar

4, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Another classic book depicting one woman’s fight against depression. I love the way Sylvia explains the way she sees the world. From the fascinating and bustling New York city social life she led to her time in psychiatric care, this novel never seems bitter, though she has lots of reason to be so and that is why I place it above similar books such as Prozac Nation and Girl, Interrupted.

cuckoo clock heart

The Boy With the Cuckoo Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu

This is a book that follows the Edward Scissorhands genre quite closely. It has some quite tender moments in it and is quite a page turner. Plus it can be read in the space of a few hours because it’s quite a short book.


6. The Fairytale Scripture by Katie Gaughan

Finally, I have included my very own book. The thing I love about my book is that it aims toget young people thinking critically and for themselves (and the stories not too bad either). If you like the books listed above then you may well enjoy this novel. I took a little bit of inspiration from all of my favourite books just as any good author should!

Thanks for reading.




My Big Self Publish Using Create Space

I have finally been able to self publish at a relatively small cost (thanks to the money I raised through my kickstarter project).

I chose to use Amazon’s Create Space for several reasons.

Firstly because it was so cheap to set up an ISBN for my two novels- you can even choose a free option if you like.

Also because I could buy numerous copies of my novel at cost price! This meant that from my one kickstarter project I was able to self publish both of my books in paperback.

Finally, Create Space will print copies of my book on demand. So there is no wastage. Books only get printed per order and the royalties for each sale is surprisingly good.

The only issue I have had with Create Space is to do with the book cover. I chose to use their free cover creator service so that I could import my own artwork onto the front and the back of the book.

Every time you submit your book you have to wait around 24 hours for your design to be approved so that there are no issues with the final printing of your book. It took me around 3 attemptsĀ for each book to get this approved but I finally had success for my first novel The Fairytale Scripture this morning.

This is the final cover I created for the novel:


front cover


I’m pretty happy with it and I think it looks eye catching! This novel is now available to buy in my very own Create Space store. Soon to be added to Amazon once it has been reviewed. My second novel, Fairy Delusions will also be available to buy soon. When my funds from my kickstarter project arrive I will be buying lots of copies and sending them out to all of my pledgers. The expected delivery date is going to be mid November.

If you would like to read a paperback version of my novel please visit my store:

Thanks to you all!

Peace and Love,