Author Interview: Shona Kinsella Autho of Ashael Rising


Ashael is a hunter-gatherer woman, apprenticed to Bhearra, the healer and spiritual leader of their tribe.

The Zanthar are invaders from another world who extend their own lives by stealing the life-force of everything around them. They were last seen on KalaDene 200 years ago. They have returned, looking for The Vessel, a being prophesied to hold the life-force of the land.

Iwan is a slave to the Zanthar, descendant of those taken as slaves the last time the Zanthar visited this world. He is sent out as a spy, while his mother is held hostage to ensure his compliance.

When Ashael meets Iwan in the forest, neither realise that she is the one the Zanthar are looking for. The fate of KalaDene and all of its people rests on her shoulders.

Author Interview

  1. Did you have an image in your mind of the world you created, or did it grow as the story developed?

The world grew with the story. I’ve heard it described like walking through a tunnel with a torch – I can see the bits of the world highlighted by the torch (the story) but everything else is a shape in the darkness until I really look at it.

  1. This story sounds intense.  Does writing Energise or Exhaust you?

Mostly it energises me. Sometimes, when I write a particularly emotional scene, I find it draining.

  1. What is your writing Kryptonite?

I haven’t found one yet!

  1. Does your book have a message that you are trying to convey or a moral?

Yes and no. I didn’t set out to write a book with a message, but I think if you read between the lines, you can see a lot about how I think the world should be. I’ll leave it up to the readers to discover that for themselves though.

  1. Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?

Absolutely. I guess they might find some elements more difficult to portray but that’s all about craft. I don’t have any experience of engineering, but if I wanted to write a story that involved engineering then I would do my research and run it past people who do know about it.

  1. Do you want your writing to be standalone or do you want to write in a way that connects each book you write?

Ashael Rising is the start pf a planned trilogy so its definitely not a stand-alone, but it also is not connected to everything else that I write. For example, I recently completed an urban fantasy novella that is really quite different to Ashael Rising. I can foresee further stories in the same world, many years after the event of this trilogy though so there’s a definite possibility of more, connected works.

  1. If you could tell your younger writer-self anything what would it be?

Stop waiting for permission and just write.

Shona Kinsella is the author of Ashael Rising, (Unbound, 2017) the first in her series, The Vessel of KalaDene. She is also one of the editors of the British Fantasy Society’s fiction publication, Horizons. When she is not writing or wrangling her three children, she can usually be found with her nose in a book.


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Review: Dark Game by Rachel Lynch

Kelly’s gut turned over as she realised the danger she was in. She heard no sirens. She knew that she was simply collateral. To these men who made a lot of money from the suffering of others, they’d have no problem snuffing her out.

After a scandal forces DI Kelly Porter out of the Met, she returns to her home turf in the Lake District. Crimes in the Cumbrian constabulary tend to be of the minor sort, but Kelly begins work on a cold case that shocked the local community – the abduction and brutal murder of ten-year-old Lottie Davies.

Meanwhile, Kelly is also investigating two seemingly straightforward crimes: a case involving an illegal immigrant, and a robbery following the death of local businessman Colin Day. But evidence comes to light that reveals a web of criminal activity beyond anything Kelly imagined. Behind the veneer of sleepy, touristy towns lies a dark and dangerous underworld. As Kelly threatens to expose those with much to lose, she risks paying the ultimate price to get to the truth…

Don’t miss this taut and gripping debut from a crime writer to watch. Perfect for fans for Carol Dwyer, Patricia Gibney and Angela Marsons.


This is a fantastic novel, a web of inter-woven subplots keeps you turning the page whilst the thrilling narrative stops you from putting the book down.  The story line builds at a pace to keep the reader interested but not too fast as to lose some of the gravitas.

I loved this book, the characters were well developed and the depths of their back stories meant that I could really associate with these people and was able to experience their events with them, both the heroes and the villains.

A wonderful perfect touch was the use of the Lake District, an area of the UK visited by many.  Having been there myself and knowing the areas mentioned, I felt closer to the story – I could imagine characters travelling between destinations and this helped me feel part of the story, I was Kelly’s partner in the crime.  I was with her as she moved forward in solving the puzzles and felt emotionally invested in what I was reading!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, everything about it kept me enthralled and I would happily seek out another of this author’s novels.  For those addicted to crime novels, this is a must read!

Reviewed by Nick


Author Bio

Rachel Lynch grew up in Cumbria and the lakes and fells are never far away from her. London pulled her away to teach History and marry an Army Officer, whom she followed around the globe for thirteen years. A change of career after children led to personal training and sports therapy, but writing was always the overwhelming force driving the future. The human capacity for compassion as well as its descent into the brutal and murky world of crime are fundamental to her work.

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Review: Hiding by Jenny Morton Potts


A gripping psychological thriller with chilling twists, from a unique new voice.

Keller Baye and Rebecca Brown live on different sides of the Atlantic. Until she falls in love with him, Rebecca knows nothing of Keller. But he’s known about her for a very long time, and now he wants to destroy her.

This is the story of two families. One living under the threat of execution in North Carolina. The other caught up in a dark mystery in the Scottish Highlands. The families’ paths are destined to cross. But why? And can anything save them when that happens?


This one was another one that drew me in with its cover and my instinct from a good cover has to date never let me down! This is such a well written thriller and the psychological genre always gives me chills!

The novel is extremely well written and follows the structure of flipping between characters which can be hard work with some books but it is absolutely not the case with this book.  The way the author builds the story is so clever. She starts off slowly and gradually builds the pace taking time to build the characters as she goes and this is what kept me reading. The faster the pace the faster I read and this book left me breathless I absolutely did not want it to end!

From slow builder to fast paced with a great mixture of character that were well developed with just the right level of intrigue to keep you engaged but not overwhelmed this story is a great read for the cold winter nights and I thoroughly recommend it!

Reviewed by Nat


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Review: Smoke City by Keith Rosson

Smoke City
Keith Rosson
Published by: Meerkat Press
Publication date: January 23rd 2018
Genres: Adult, Magical Realism

Marvin Deitz has some serious problems. His mob-connected landlord is strong-arming him out of his storefront. His therapist has concerns about his stability. He’s compelled to volunteer at the local Children’s Hospital even though it breaks his heart every week.

Oh, and he’s also the guilt-ridden reincarnation of Geoffroy Thérage, the French executioner who lit Joan of Arc’s pyre in 1431. He’s just seen a woman on a Los Angeles talk show claiming to be Joan, and absolution seems closer than it’s ever been . . . but how will he find her?

When Marvin heads to Los Angeles to locate the woman who may or may not be Joan, he’s picked up hitchhiking by Mike Vale, a self-destructive alcoholic painter traveling to his ex-wife’s funeral. As they move through a California landscape populated with “smokes” (ghostly apparitions that’ve inexplicably begun appearing throughout the southwestern US), each seeks absolution in his own way.

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I was so intrigued by the description of this book and it’s cover! (you all know I do love a good cover!) I’m so glad I decided to pick this one for review…It definitely didn’t disappoint. I loved the oddball nature of this book and the way the author takes you on the journey of three people on a journey to the bottom.  It is testament to the authors ability to interweave the most randomly different people together in a way that makes the reader think it is totally normal!

I thought the story might be confusing but it was not at all the author has paced it just right to avoid confusion yet keep the reader engaged and turning those pages!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and really hope you pick it up and give it a try

Reviewed by Nat


Author Bio:

Keith Rosson is the author of the novels The Mercy of the Tide (2017, Meerkat Press) and Smoke City (2018, Meerkat Press). His short fiction has appeared in Cream City Review, PANK, Redivider, December, and more. An advocate of both public libraries and non-ironic adulation of the cassette tape, he can be found at

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Review: 66 Metres by J. F. Kirwan


The only thing worth killing for is family.

Everyone said she had her father’s eyes. A killer’s eyes. Nadia knew that on the bitterly cold streets of Moscow, she could never escape her past – but in just a few days, she would finally be free.

Bound to work for Kadinsky for five years, she has one last mission to complete. Yet when she is instructed to capture The Rose, a military weapon shrouded in secrecy, Nadia finds herself trapped in a deadly game of global espionage.

And the only man she can trust is the one sent to spy on her… 

Book One of Nadia Laksheva spy thriller series




What an absolutely incredible thriller!

As soon as you start this book you find yourself thrown into a really intense story! As Nadia grows up an learns that her father is not the man she thought he was, her mother cold and her sister a prostitute her dysfunctional family could be a complete story in itself!

But dragged into the sordid world of the Russian Mob this story is so much bigger than you think it’s going to be at the start!  The character building is exceptional and the author spares no details in his description he really is a very skilled story teller! The diving scenes in particular are so detailed that it feels impossible that you aren’t there living it with Nadia and her diving crew!

This fast paced thriller will leave you gasping for breath and I can’t wait for book 2!

Reviewed by Nat

Author Bio

  1. F. Kirwan is the author of the Nadia Laksheva thriller series for HarperCollins. Having worked in accident investigation and prevention in nuclear, offshore oil and gas and aviation sectors, he uses his experience of how accidents initially build slowly, then race towards a climax, to plot his novels. An instructor in both scuba diving and martial arts, he travels extensively all over the world, and loves to set his novels in exotic locations. He is also an insomniac who writes in the dead of night. His favourite authors include Lee Child, David Baldacci and Andy McNab.

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Review: Life After Death Beyond Doubt by Susan Starkey


Life After Death Beyond Doubt: How my Spirit Guide gave me factual evidence of my previous life on earth

There is one universal question to which there seems to be no definitive answer: what happens to us when we die? Many people have their own individual theories; different faiths have different beliefs. The rest of us we can merely shrug and resign ourselves to the fact that we can never know the unknowable. Just a few years ago, Susan Starkey would have felt the same way. But following a move to Spain, a sequence of astonishing events changed her life dramatically, turning her scepticism on its head, especially regarding the question of what happens to us when we die. Starkey is now convinced that there is a life after death; this book reveals her personal experiences and shares the verifiable evidence of her discoveries. In this profound story, Susan Starkey explains how she uncovered the roots to her past life, along with a vast family network that had been lost to her for centuries. She shares her ability to contact the Spirit World through a new-found ability to communicate through automatic writing. Life After Death Beyond Doubt is a remarkable and insightful guide to the afterlife, one which will bring comfort to others who may be searching for the answers that Susan Starkey has been given. Her work may prove beyond doubt that there is an existence after death and that we never truly die.


I am going to be honest and say that whilst I hope that we go somewhere wonderful where when we die I am a massive sceptic when it comes to a spirits ability to pop up into our lives through mediumship but I have tried my hardest to review this book objectively.

There is no doubt that what this author has discovered about herself and her past lives is absolutely mind blowing and there are definitely pieces of this puzzle that cannot be explained by pragmatic reasoning.

The Author shares real insight into her journey and experience of the spirit world and it is such a personal story to share that I feel privileged to be able to have read it.  I think the images of the automatic writing and other photography (I don’t want to give too much away) really makes it feel that she is sharing something deeply personal to herself.

If this is your kind of area then you will love the insight into the spiritual world that this author provides

Reviewed By Nat

Author Bio


About the author: After leaving the corporate rat race, Susan Starkey moved with her husband to the idyllic countryside of Andalucia Spain where she enjoys exploring the natural beauty of the area, sampling the regions delicacies and on occasion turning her hand to property renovation projects. A previous skeptic, Susan has since embraced Mediumship after a chance invitation to a spiritualist meeting strongly challenged all the beliefs she held and led her on a path of spiritual discovery.

RBC Taylor Prize Jury Names 2018’s Five Best Books in Literary Non-Fiction

At a standing-room-only press conference held in downtown Toronto, the three-member jury announced five finalists for the seventeenth RBC Taylor Prize, selected from their previously announced ten-title longlist. In all, the jury, composed of Christine ElliottAnne Giardini, and James Polk, read and evaluated a record breaking 153 non-fiction Canadian written books submitted by 110 Canadian and international publishers.


The shortlist and jury citations for the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize are:

Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on Bering’s Great Voyage to Alaska by Stephen R. Bown(Canmore, AB), published by Douglas & McIntyre

Of the book, the jury wrote: “Cartographer and explorer Vitus Bering ended his life on a barren Aleutian island while his shipwrecked crewmates fought off vicious blue foxes, the elements and scurvy. The hardships and privations of the explorers, scientists, labourers and horses, sent across Russia by Peter the Great to seek a route to North America beggar the imagination. They built their own roads, ships and a new kind of social order, and made enduring discoveries, all in the teeth of monstrous winds, seas, storms, bureaucracy — and hungry little foxes.”

Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place by Daniel Coleman (Hamilton, ON), published by Wolsak and Wynn

Of the book, the jury wrote: “Daniel Coleman explores the world from a small patch of land at the back of his house, a mini-empire between Coote’s Paradise Marsh and Hamilton Harbour. In vivid, exacting prose, Coleman tells us of the moods and beauty of the Niagara Escarpment, the paths of local animals, the wayward tricks of the water table, the rich indigenous history of the area, and of our modern inroads into the environment — highways, houses, slag and built culture. This is a masterpiece of nature writing, reimagining civics and possibilities, as Coleman surveys what he understands is ‘a holy land right here’ behind his house and beneath his feet.”

Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine by James Maskalyk (Toronto, ONAddis Ababa, ETHIOPIA), published by Doubleday Canada

Of the book, the jury wrote: “Starting with A is for Airway, physician and humanitarian James Maskalykleads us through the many ways in which our bodies sustain and fail us, and how we become better able to tend — and attend — to each other. This book is a study in contrasts. Medicine as practiced in a world-class Toronto hospital — and at bare bones clinics in Sudan and Ethiopia. Maskalyk’s busy life as a healer in a Canadian city and in Africa — and his grandfather’s quiet work on a farm and trap line. For Maskalyk, ‘Medicine is life caring for itself’ and is ‘the greatest story’.”

Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City, by Tanya Talaga (Toronto, ON), published by House of Anansi Press

Of the book, the jury wrote: “Talaga has written Canada’s J’Accuse, an open letter to the rest of us about the many ways we contribute — through act or inaction — to suicides and damaged existences in Canada’s indigenous communities. Tanya Talaga’s account of teen lives and deaths in and near Thunder Bay is detailed, balanced and heart-rending. Talaga describes gaps in the system large enough for beloved children and adults to fall through, endemic indifference, casual racism and a persistent lack of resources. It is impossible to read this book and come away unchanged.”

In the Name of Humanity by Max Wallace (Toronto, ON) published by Allen Lane Canada.

Of the book, the jury wrote: “As World War II drew to an end, Hitler intended further mass slaughter while other Nazi leaders scrambled to cover up evidence of genocide. Max Wallace’s gripping account of the tense endgame of the Nazi nightmare is told in meticulous detail and with great compassion, culminating in the astonishing story of a Jewish freedom fighter bargaining for the salvation of the survivors with the devil himself, the architect of the killing camps, Heinrich Himmler.”

Noreen Taylor, founder of the Prize and chair of the Charles Taylor Foundation, spoke at the event and made these comments: “I am, yet again, staggered by the breadth and power of our storytellers, and the appetite of Canadian readers for stories about ourselves, about our neighbours, about our shared earth, and the historical and current challenges we all face. This simultaneous reaching outward and examining inward is part of what makes this country so strong.”

Also in attendance was Vijay Parmar, president of RBC PH&N Investment Counsel, who added: “On behalf of RBC Wealth Management, congratulations to each of the authors who have been named on this year’s shortlist. As finalists, they join an impressive list of talented writers. We are very proud to sponsor the RBC Taylor Prize as it continues to celebrate and inspire exceptional talent from across the country. The Prize plays a very important role in promoting literary excellence in Canadian non-fiction on a global scale, as well as developing the careers of the authors it celebrates.”

The RBC Taylor Prize winner will be revealed at a gala luncheon on Monday February 26, 2018. The Prize luncheon will once again be held at the Omni King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto.

About The RBC Taylor Prize

Established in 1998 by the trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation and first awarded in 2000, 2018 marks the seventeenth awarding of the RBC Taylor Prize, which commemorates Charles Taylor’s pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. Awarded to the author whose book best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception, the Prize consists of $30,000 for the winner and $5,000 for each of the remaining finalists. All authors are presented with a custom leather bound version of their shortlisted book at the awards ceremony. All finalists receive promotional support for their nominated titles.

Sharing a commitment to emerging Canadian talent, The Charles Taylor Foundation and RBC will also grant the fifth annual RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writers Award. Shortly after the announcement of the 2018 Prize, its winner will name their choice of emerging author to receive this $10,000 award.

The trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation are: Vijay ParmarDavid StainesEdward TaylorNadina Taylor, and Noreen Taylor. The Executive Director is Su Hutchinson.

The presenting sponsor of the RBC Taylor Prize is RBC Wealth Management. Its media sponsors are The Globe and Mail, Cision, Maclean’s magazine, Quill & Quire magazine; its in-kind sponsors are Ben McNally Books, Event Source, IFOA, The Omni King Edward Hotel, and the Toronto Public Library Board. Open Book and Huffington Post Canada are Friends of the Prize.

Review: Gray Hawk Of Terrapin by Moss Whelan


Gray Hawk of Terrapin is a heart-wrenching Y/A fantasy by Moss Whelan that introduces Melanie (Mool) Fraser.

Ever since her father’s death, Mool has been talking with an imaginary green lion named Inberl. When Mool’s mysterious uncle gets sick, she and her mother take the train from Vancouver, Canada to the inner world of Terrapin, where Inberl is arrested because he’s looking for Gray Hawk. Springing into action, Mool sets out to rescue Inberl.

Mool’s know-it-all cousin, Olga, helps track down family friend Parshmander who might know how to save Inberl. They corner Parshmander at home, where they overhear mention of Gray Hawk, but the girls are captured and interrogated. Upon release, Mool feels success when she sees a secret map, finds a hidden bridge and crosses it with Olga. On the other side of the bridge, they find a secret city that keeps Terrapin at war.

Prepare yourself for a wrenching journey laced with evil, chronicling histories of cruelty, kidnapping, and false imprisonment in search of meaning and justice.


This is the kind of book I loved as a teenager. It reminded me a lot of the Philip Pullman or even CS Lewis books which I devoured in my youth.

It is a bit of a slow start but the excitement builds up through the chapters. The characters are well thought out and I found the main character Mool to be very likeable and relatable. I loved the way every day teenage problems were interwoven into the journey of discovery which Mool goes on in this magical world.

The other characters and creatures are certainly interesting and creative. The descriptions in the book made me really feel that I had stepped inside this other world where Terrapin exists. There are quirky turns of phrase and made up words which all add to the author’s highly individual and imaginative style. Actually the style is highly intelligent which was refreshing albeit sometimes complex. I sometimes had to stop and check I had read a sentence properly to get my head around the sense of it. This reminded me of Terry Pratchett novels at times.

The reader is kept guessing throughout the book and I had no idea where the plot was leading me which was pleasing.

Moss Whelan has more than a touch of genius and I’m sure will soon be a household name. He will be up there with the great names in fantasy fiction. There is bound to be a sequel to this and I look forwards to reading other novels by Moss Whelan.

Reviewed by Coralie

Author Bio

Moss Whelan (1968) born in Vancouver, British Columbia, is the Canadian author of Gray Hawk of Terrapin published on January the 12th, 2018. He is an English Literature Bachelor of Arts, a Creative Writing Associate, and possesses a Diploma in Writing for Film, Television, and Interactive Media. He is active in the online Fantasy community and teaches Creative Writing. His work depicts a return to transcendent self-esteem in contrast with world views that shape perceived reality. He received the President’s Award at Douglas College and the M. Sheila O’Connel Undergraduate Prize in Children’s Literature at Simon Fraser University. A survivor of PTSD, he hopes to be a voice for continued access to mental health.


Review: The Soulweaver by Heidi Catherine

The Soulweaver
Heidi Catherine
Publication date: January 19th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance

She’s loved and lost him a hundred times across a thousand years. She can’t bear to lose him again.

Lin’s dreams are haunted by faces of people she’s never met. Unable to shake the feeling she’s lived before, she’s drawn to Reinier—a stranger whose soul is heartbreakingly familiar from a time gone by.

Reinier helps Lin unravel the mystery of her past life as Hannah, a girl who sacrificed herself for her true love, Matthew. As Lin falls hopelessly in love with Reinier, her memories of her life as Hannah sharpen and she finds herself unable to let go of Matthew.

With her heart torn in two, Lin must decide whether she should stand by Reinier’s side or track down Matthew and fight for his love. What she doesn’t know is that her decision will ripple across our troubled planet, affecting far more lives than just her own.

Winner of Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Pro award, The Soulweaver is a story that will change the way you see the world.

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This book COMPLETELY took my breath away! It took me two days to read it and I cannot believe how much I enjoyed it!

The story follows the story of two souls intrinsically entwined to find each other through each one of their lives.  A beautiful tale of love in all it’s forms in the fight against evil and the destruction of our planet!

The story is skillfully written with an excellent ability to intertwin to seemingly unrelated girls lives into one without causing confusion this heart wrenching story will have you completely entranced.

It truly is a phenomenal story and I am so glad I got to review this one!

2018 is definitely going to be a great year for books if the last two reviews I have done are anything to go by!

Reviewed by Nat

Author Bio:

Heidi’s debut novel, The Soulweaver, won Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Pro award and will be released by Crooked Cat Books on 19 Jan 2018.

Not being able to decide if she prefers living in Melbourne or the Mornington Peninsula, Heidi shares her time between both places. She is similarly pulled in opposing directions by her two sons and two dogs, remaining thankful she only has one husband.

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Review: Happiness: The Inside Job by Matt Pepper


One thing which every person on the planet desires is to live a fulfilled and happy life. So why does happiness seem to elude so many of us? Are you fed up with thinking ‘I’ll be happy when…’ but who knows when that will be? Are you done with continually changing your circumstances believing this will lead to a happy life, only to find that you don’t feel any different? How can we simply ‘get happy’ when the pressures of jobs, mortgages and relationships are upon us all?

Enter Matt Pepper, who has spent twenty years researching, learning and practising the tools and techniques he has discovered which have enabled him to help his clients live a happy and fulfilled life. In Happiness: The Inside Job, he has collected all of this knowledge together into one place with each and every chapter filled with insights,  case studies and quirky illustrations, which will give a new understanding of how to enjoy life. Matt’s concepts are so simple to grasp and apply, you’ll wonder how you never thought of them yourself! So the question is, are you ready to be happy?

Putting the power back into our own hands and equipped with his Happiness Barometer, Matt shows how you can find your inner happiness and keep hold of it —no matter what is going on in your life. Divided into seven sections, Matt firstly introduces the tools to ‘Fire up your own happiness,’ where we are invited to explore different life scenarios and our reactions to them depending on where we are on The Happiness Barometer. Matt also reveals how we can expose our Ta-Daa, becoming the person we know we can be, by getting rid of any alter egos we may be holding on to —whether it’s at work or in social situations — before moving on to share tips on how to tend to our Emotional Garden in order to create an abundance of positive feelings.

Then, after we’ve weeded out our negative emotions it’s all aboard the Groovy Train of Thought, where we’re taught how to fill our mind with positive and happy thoughts and listen to our gut instinct —because it’s what’s inside that counts. Matt then explores how we can ‘Turn our muck to luck” showing that by changing our mindsets, we can learn how to bounce back from tough times and jump over life’s hurdles instead of getting bogged down in the darkness. Finally he looks at how we can ‘Pimp up our purpose,’ and by following what feels right we can point ourselves in the right direction. By providing tools and tips to gain perspective on whatever life can throw at us, we will find out that true happiness really is an inside job.

A light-hearted and accessible approach to self-development, Happiness: The Inside Job is the perfect read for those of us looking to find their inner happiness and keep hold of it, no matter what is happening in our lives and transform into ‘A Happiness Generating Machine.’


I am such a big fan of personal development books and I find the topic fascinating so when we were asked to review this book I jumped at the chance!

This book is such a vibrant and fun book it completely suits the topic!! The illustrations are on point for the tone of the book and it is packed full of concise hints and tips without the patronising tone that some books in this genre lean towards.

I love that the author illustrates his points clearly with examples from his client base as it really makes this book more than a list of dos and don’ts.  He also brings his points alive using clever metaphors and descriptions backed up by the illustrations.

The book is a quick read….two days in fact…and doesn’t waffle on about the science behind his points.  It’s the common sense voice that we all need to hear without feeling like we’ve been told off!

It’s more of an investment than a one time read and I fully intend to read this insightful book again and again as the author suggests dipping in and out when I feel that perhaps I’m a bit off course on where I want to be or in the “wrong soil”.

If you are looking to get on the The Groovy train this year and pep up that happy talk then this is a great book to help you do that!

Reviewed by Nat

Author Bio

happiness-the-inside-jobAbout the author: Matt Pepper has been working within the health and personal development industry for over twenty-years with clients ranging from artists and film directors, to chief executives and their workforce, civil servants and students. A passionate speaker, Matt also lectures on happiness and wellbeing for medical teams including those at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He loves giving his ‘PeppTalks’ where he shares the essence of this book, motivating groups and organisations from all walks of life. Based between Oxford and London, he lives with his wife Tash, their three children and two cats.

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