Susan Elkin

Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. Her book Unlocking the Reader in Every Child is published by Ransom. She is Education and Training Editor at The Stage.

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Morrison: Omniscient third-person narrator

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison - book review: The tyranny of memory can make a destructive adversary

Toni Morrison’s novels have become more svelte and directly focused over the years, although thematically God Help the Child takes us right back to Song of Solomon (1977) and the Pulitzer prize-winning Beloved (1987).

Human story: Anthony Quinn

Curtain Call by Anthony Quinn, book review: Danger in theatreland

There is nothing edgy or experimental about this gripping novel - instead, refreshingly, Quinn uses traditional third-person narrative

Christmas at a children’s hospice: Adding life to days when days cannot be added to life

For some children, this will be their last Christmas. But the right support can make a huge difference to families

Boy in homemade costume reading a book

Best books for children this Christmas: Part one

In the first of three round-ups, Susan Elkin reviews titles aimed at age 12 and above

Explore the real America: the best way is on foot

You could see real – as opposed to tourist – America in all its earnest eccentricity

Say yes to 'no-poo': It's been three years since I stopped washing my hair

When Susan stopped using shampoo, some were appalled and called her filthy. Three years on, her ‘no-poo’ regime has left her tresses fresh, and her bank balance healthier, as she stopped paying into an industry that's worth £22.6bn

Victoria Hislop, The Sunrise, book review: Plots are so strong that even the occasional cliche doesn’t jar too much

One of the best things about this novel is the way Hislop depicts the growing teamwork, love, respect, and trust which two families from opposing sides of a war manage to establish.

How to get children to eat vegetables

Many parents struggle with getting their kids to try healthy foods, but there are methods children respond well to (and other bad habits they mimic)

Vegetarians enjoy food as much as anyone else, so why are the meat-free options at restaurants so boring?

The value of the vegetarian food market is growing as more people want to enjoy the odd meat-free meal - are restaurants taking note for their menus?

Queen Anne: Patroness Of The Arts, by James Anderson Winn - book review

The eventfulness of the last Stuart monarch’s 12-year reign, from 1702 to 1714, compensates for its brevity. Among other things Anne and her administrations dealt with union with Scotland, ongoing war in Europe, the far-reaching 1714 Treaty of Utrecht, ongoing worry about the succession, and the ever-present Jacobites. On a personal level, meanwhile, the never-healthy, and eventually morbidly obese, Anne faced continual failed pregnancies and the deaths of her only living child in 1700 and of her husband, Prince George of Denmark, in 1708.

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