Shingle Street is a small coastal hamlet in Suffolk, England, at the mouth of Orford Ness, situated between Orford and Bawdsey. It was originally a home for fishermen and river pilots for the River Ore. Early in the 19th century a Martello tower was built, and was later home for coastguards. Many of the original buildings date from this period, also several buildings were destroyed during World War II, including the Lifeboat Inn, the hamlet’s only pub.
It’s also a place that our family loves. It’s an odd place. Wild, and empty, and a bit on the bleak side, even on a lovely day. But it has meaning for us.
So, obvious that we’d use this title to write about something else we love: books.
Reading is a big thing in our family. Blogging is a big thing in my life. My (family and other things) blog has been running since 2003 – you can find it at Making it up.
This site is dedicated to books. Right at the moment (January 2014) I’ve started a 300 picture book challenge as hosted by my friend Anne-Marie. I decided that it would be nice if I could review the books as I went, but didn’t want to drown my own blog – so Shingle Street has come out of retirement.
The books are from libraries, from our shelves, from prizes, and sometimes from publishers or authors. The site is publicised on twitter, sometimes facebook and usually pinterest. If you’d like to get in touch to discuss reviews, please use the contact form below.