Many congratulations to the wonderful Elle Wright, whose non-fiction debut Ask Me His Name entered the Sunday Times bestseller list at number 4 yesterday.
Elle’s story is one of hope and resilience as she finds herself experiencing a motherhood that she never expected, one that she was terrified of living.
I didn’t know how I would carry on being ‘normal’. I didn’t know how much I would long for people to say my son Teddy’s name, to not treat him like he didn’t exist. Maybe you’re in this boat too, or maybe you want to support someone who is? Whatever your reason, I hope our story goes a little way to help. Love, Elle
Ask Me His Name is a moving account of Elle’s pregnancy, Teddy’s life, and what happens when a mother leaves a hospital with empty arms. In the UK, 1 in 4 pregnancies end in premature death, but conversations about the heartbreakingly frequent issue of baby loss are few and far between. In this honest, beautifully written and hopeful exploration of a different kind of mothering, Elle explores how she navigated a parenthood that no one had prepared her for. You can read more and buy your own copy here.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Tommy’s charity. Reg. (1060508)
There’s a phrase in publishing that’s used to describe the first Thursday in October, when lots of books are published in a pre-Christmas bonanza – Super Thursday. At Bell Lomax Moreton, though, we’re a month early and we’ve got a bumper crop of amazing titles publishing today! Read on for our big round up of all our fantastic authors and wonderful books!
Sophy Henn – Lifesize
Let’s go on a LIFESIZE adventure!
Step into the book and see how you measure up against some of the world’s most amazing animals. High-five a polar bear to discover who has the biggest paw and peer through the die-cut to find out how you’d look with a giant squid eye.
This interactive non-fiction adventure features LIFESIZE illustrations of some of the smallest and largest animals in the world and invites children to compare parts of their bodies with these amazing animals.
This huge, playful book is the perfect introduction to animals for young children and is the first non-fiction book from picture book star, Sophy Henn.
Climb into the book for a truly wild adventure . . .
Thiago de Moraes – Myth Atlas
Step inside twelve magical mythological worlds. You might want to take a map.
But the maps in Myth Atlas are special: they show how twelve extraordinary cultures saw the world. For some it’s a giant tree or an upside-down mountain. Others reckon we’re living on the back of a giant turtle. All of them are fascinating.
As you travel the world from Egypt to Japan, you’ll meet an incredible array of gods, monsters, heroes and fantastical beasts. Just watch out for werewolves and banshees along the way . . .
Caroline Gray – Monster Match
Let me be your monster, I’m more fun than you’d think. Don’t mind the grime, ignore the slime, you’ll soon forget my stink.
Pick me! Pick me! All the monsters want to be this child’s pet – but which will be chosen?
Morag Hood – I Am Bat
Bat’s cherries keep going missing. One by one, they are whisked away by mischievous animal tricksters behind Bat’s back. Will the cherries ever be restored to their rightful owner? In the hilarious I Am Bat, super-talent Morag Hood cleverly draws the reader into the story as Bat attempts to track down the guilty cherry thief. Everyone’s a suspect – including you!
This eye-poppingly colourful, comic book is an instant winner with children and adults alike, and it’s out now in paperback! The adorably grumpy Bat is quite irresistible.
Meg McLaren (illus) – The Wizard of Oz
When Little Dot’s home is swept up by a tornado, she finds herself in the strange land of Oz. Dot and her little dog Toto bravely embark on a journey to the Emerald City, together with Tin Can, Scarecrow and Lion. Can Little Dot find her way safely home and help her new friends on the way?
This modern reimagining of a classic tale is a wonderful celebration of friendship, bravery and the importance of home.
Young, preschool Dot opens this classic story up to a whole new generation and Meg McLaren’s friendly, colourful artwork reimagines the Oz characters perfectly for toddlers. With a mesmerising front cover with sparkly holographic foil and an eye-popping emerald font, this is the perfect gift for young readers and Oz fans of all ages.
Jo Williamson – What’s For Lunch, Papa Penguin?
Papa Penguin and Pippin run the best cafe in the Antarctic, serving fish for breakfast, fish for lunch, fish for dinner, and even… fish ice cream! Everyone loves fish. Or do they? A hilarious picture book about a penguin chef’s chaotic road trip around the world in search of new exciting foods to try.
Alesha Dixon and Katy Birchall – Lightning Girl: Superhero Squad
Aurora Beam is finding this saving-the-world lark isn’t all its cracked up to be. World-famous overnight after she foiled the Blackout Burglar’s plot to steal a precious stone, she’s living in the full glare of the media’s flash bulbs: everyone wants a piece of the coolest new superhero in town. When she attends a global gathering of superheroes, will she find support from new friends who know exactly what she’s going through? Or will there be rivalries and sabotage to deal with? And what on earth is Grandma Beam – who Aurora thought was running a home for retired alpacas deep in the countryside – doing turning up at this top-secret summit? Grab your copy of the second instalment of Aurora’s adventures now!
Nicola Kinnear (illus) – Max the Detective Cat
Max is ready to solve another case! The entire theatre company have travelled to Lord Fawley’s castle to put on a show for his daughter’s Halloween birthday ball! Rehearsals start well, but soon some ghostly goings-on and talk of a family curse have the actors in a panic. Never fear – Max the detective cat is on the case, and his whiskers are prickling with suspicion that these strange events have more to do with jewels than ghouls . . .
Helena Duggan – The Trouble With Perfect
Having uncovered the secrets that lay behind the spookily pristine town of Perfect, Violet and the townsfolk are enjoying their new freedom from the maniacal rule of the evil Archer twins. But have they really seen the last of Edward Archer? Why is Boy acting strangely? And who is masterminding a scary zombie army?
Katy Birchall – Dramas of a Teenage Heiress
1. If anyone was going to be photographed FIRST holding that handbag, it was going to be Fritz.
2. And if it was a little too big for Fritz, then it was going to be ME.
3. And if it wasn’t me, then maybe the Queen or Beyoncé or someone.
4. Whoever it was, it was not going to be gossip columnist Nancy Rose . . .
When a scurrilous journalist writes a very mean article about hotel heiress Flick Royale after ‘an unfortunate incident’ over a handbag designed for her pet daschund Fritz, she is mortified. Especially when it goes viral! She has to find a way to show the world that she’s not the spoilt brat she’s been made out to be.
But with not enough followers on even Fritz’s Instagram account, let alone her own, she needs to find a bigger crowd to tell the real story to. But how?
Elle Wright – Ask Me His Name
What do you do when the unthinkable happens?
Elle Wright had an admittedly easy pregnancy – her scans went well, she and her baby were healthy throughout, and in May 2016, she and her husband welcomed their son, Teddy, into the world.
Just a few hours after giving birth, they woke to find a nurse holding a cold and unresponsive Teddy, who had stopped breathing during the night. The happiest day of Elle’s life had turned into every parent’s worst nightmare, and she had to let her beautiful baby boy go. Three days after delivering him into the world, Elle sat with Teddy in her arms as he took his last breaths, and tucked him in for the final time.
Ask Me His Name is a moving account of Elle’s pregnancy, Teddy’s life, and what happens when a mother leaves a hospital with empty arms. In the UK, 1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss, but conversations about the heartbreakingly frequent issue of baby loss are few and far between. In this honest, beautifully written and hopeful exploration of mothering, Elle explores how she navigated a parenthood that no one had prepared her for.