Monday, April 6, 2009


In the UK, Premier League footballers have been chosen as role models to encourage children to read more books. The decision coincides with a study by the National Literacy Trust, which reveals that boys are twice as likely as girls to say sports people can inspire them to read, and that children from the poorest families are also likely to chose sports people as their heroes.

So the 20 Premiership clubs have each nominated a player as a "reading star". Eight out of the 20 clubs selected their goalkeeper as the best role model. 

Now, those 20 players have been asked to name a favourite book, and the results are very interesting. The choices range from Homer's 'Iliad' to 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'. 

British readers familiar with our current crop of England players might have no trouble guessing which of them aspires no further than the first Harry Potter book. But who chose Homer?

Read the full story in The Independent

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


With the last few hours to go before publication day, I'm going to leave you with a taste of Dovedale, the area I've been researching for the next Cooper & Fry novel. This is a favourite with visitors to the Peak District, and is one of its prettiest attractions. 

They include a picture of one of the Money Trees - old trunks with hundreds of copper coins hammered in to them for good luck.

Let's hope some of that luck comes our way this year!