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Beautiful Blogger – that’s me! Seven things you didn’t know you wanted to know

Vikki over at The View Outside nominated me for a Beautiful Blogger Award which was really nice of her – thank you so much!
I’m new to all this but I gather that the rules are that I share seven things about myself and then pass this award on….


Vikki wrote about seven books that should be on every writer’s bookshelf — four of which I hadn’t across across before so thanks again Vikki, a really useful post.

Marina at Finding Time To Write felt that the world didn’t need to know yet another seven things about her so instead wrote about the person who nominated her and the people she was nominating – a generous act that confirms what I have always suspected – writers are nice people.

Debbie at The Wicked Queen’s Mirror (delicious blog name!) wrote about the six things she wished she had known about writing 10 years ago and the one thing she was glad she didn’t know 10 years ago. A really good read and an interesting insight into the writer’s journey.


I’ve decided to look back at seven books that made a lasting impression and convinced me that making up stories was a fine thing to do.

Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

I got it the Christmas I was seven and as soon as I finished I turned back to the beginning. It was the first book I read and re-read.

Alice in WonderlandThe Look Glassing is far superior to  Wonderland, by the way. Instead of playing cards, it is chess pieces that come alive and the Thatcher-esque Red Queen is one of the great characters of fiction

The Gauntlet by Ronald Welch

A brilliant historical novel for children

It would be hard to exaggerate the impact this story made when I read it about Year Five of primary school. A boy from the 20th century is transported back to the Welsh boarder in the 1400s, a time of jousts and chain mail, of moats and battering rams, of hunting with hawks and dying young. I loved it and lived it.

The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White

The Sword in the Stone

A good companion to The Gauntlet. This is the Middle Ages with Merlin, magic and wit.

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

The adventures of Pod, Homily, and Arrietty – the little people who live alongside us. Every time I lose something without having moved from my desk I believe all over again.

The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

NarniaThe first in the Narnia Series (although the first book actually written was the more famous The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) which I read as a child and re-read as an adult.  This remains a favourite, but I am also fond of The Silver Chair and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I’ve tried and tried with The Horse and His Boy and can’t get on with it. I did go off the series in my early teens when I discovered that it was based on the Christ story, but I’ve forgiven C.S.Lewis…

I, Claudius by Robert Graves

I, Claudius by Robert Graves

I was 16 and working as a trainee reporter when I went into a bookshop with my first week’s wages. Staff assured me that, although it looked very high minded, I shouldn’t worry, it was really a Roman soap opera. They were right….in a good way. The next week I was back for Claudius the God.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Wild Things

Maurice Sendak wrote about the most perfect 30 words in the English language in Where the Wild Things Are. I didn’t read it as a child, but discovered it when I was reading to my own children. When Max dresses up, it’s not in a costume borrowed from someone’s imagination but in a wolf suit! Sendak had a wonderful ability to get inside a pre-literate, pre-reading child’s head.


A.K. Andrew – writer

Anne at Morning AJ

The History Girls –  a group of best-selling, award-winning writers of historical fiction.


Mersey Writer About Town

Susi Oddball’s World

Catherine at Write a Novel in 10 Minutes

5 comments on “Beautiful Blogger – that’s me! Seven things you didn’t know you wanted to know

  1. catdownunder
    November 21, 2012

    That was very kind of you. My blog just happens – it is my daily writing practice. You humans are much more efficient and organised than we cats are though…!

    • bridget whelan
      November 21, 2012

      I enjoy your antipodean musings and I thought other people would as well….take care and let me know if you ever do have seven things you want to share with us humans….

  2. Vikki (The View Outside)
    November 21, 2012

    Great rule bending there Bridget 😉

    Wow, some great books!


  3. bridget whelan
    November 21, 2012

    I’m following in a great and noble tradition – yours!

  4. Pingback: 7 Blogging Essentials for the Beautiful Blog Award

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