While I wait to hear news of Flora’s hard drive (currently in intensive care, with some hopes of resuscitation), I thought I would share this excellent blog post about the reviewing of books. Apparently August 2016 is “Write an Amazon Review Month”, and I wanted to add my own plea to that. Reviews are important in Amazon as they assist with book ranking – i.e. the order in which books are displayed in response to searches – which of course helps the authors of reviewed books. But from my own point of view, with (relatively) few reviews to my name, I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see that a new review has been posted, and to know that someone else has “met” Sam and Martha. Sometimes (often!) writing can feel like a lonely activity, and getting proof that the ultimate goal has been reached – someone has read what you have written – is so very encouraging and energising.