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.
God Help the Child by Toni Morrison - book review: The tyranny of memory can make a destructive adversary
18 April 2015 12:00 PM
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).
31 January 2015 12:00 PM
There is nothing edgy or experimental about this gripping novel - instead, refreshingly, Quinn uses traditional third-person narrative
19 December 2014 02:57 PM
For some children, this will be their last Christmas. But the right support can make a huge difference to families
06 December 2014 12:00 PM
In the first of three round-ups, Susan Elkin reviews titles aimed at age 12 and above
01 October 2014 04:51 PM
You could see real – as opposed to tourist – America in all its earnest eccentricity
16 September 2014 05:54 PM
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
14 September 2014 12:00 AM
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.
18 August 2014 02:19 PM
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?
31 July 2014 12:33 PM
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?
28 July 2014 12:18 PM
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.
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
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