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Imogen Davies has been doing a work placement with us for the last few months, as part of her Publishing MA at York St John University. We asked her to pick out some books from our catalogue and write a blog about them, so here it is - take it away, Imogen!

Although it’s been about a year since the romance drama Normal People was brought to our screens, it’s difficult to log into social media without eventually scrolling past an artfully taken photo of the book or screen capture of the show, featuring a devastating quote, or perhaps more likely, discussion on Paul Mescal’s engagement. The show is a heart-achingly accurate portrayal of love and all the embarrassments, joys and complications it brings.

I love to gift books but (I’m whispering now) I don’t often buy them for my own child, or for myself! That might sound shameful as the EP’s new publishing assistant and a former bookseller, but I’m lucky to have a great local library, so I only really invest in personal copies of children’s books after they’ve been tried and tested and I enjoy reading them myself, too.

With these criteria in mind, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite titles for ages 0-3 (I’ve put them roughly in age order). I hope you might find it handy if you’re looking to buy a special book gift - for others, or for yourself!

Valerie Bence, 70, a poet based in Buckinghamshire, will be published with award-winning independent publisher The Emma Press on 27th January 2022. 

Overlap (9781912915941 / £6.50) is Bence’s second poetry pamphlet. The collection is a portrait of Bence’s own grandmothers, Winifred and Harriet, and her own experience of becoming a grandmother in very different times, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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