Zvezdana investigates the book of the week ‘Troubled Blood’ by Robert Galbraith

In a special Facebook event, Robert Galbraith in conversation with Mark Billingham, Galbraith, alias J K Rowling, was asked about ‘unreliable narrators’. 

One version of the crime in Troubled Blood comes from someone with a very warped perception of what happened. Do crime novels need unreliable narrators? 

J K Rowling’s answer was that “crime novels gain from having witnesses who do not perfectly recall, because that’s real life. People tend to remember things that interest them.” 

In preparation for the Book of the Week and my presentation of ‘Troubled Blood’, I visited Clerkenwell. For those who have not read the book, yet, Clerkenwell is the most important location for the latest Strike’s investigation. Forty years ago, a doctor, Margot Bamborough, disappeared from her surgery in Clerkenwell. She was supposed to meet a friend, Oonagh Kennedy, at the nearby pub – The Three Kings, but never arrived.  

As lockdown is lifting, shops and pubs opening, it would be quite probable that the filming of ‘Troubled Blood’ has started.  

True or not true, I do not know, but I can definitely inform you that I recorded some “suspicious” activities in Clerkenwell, in the early afternoon, on Wednesday, 28 April 2021. The Three Kings is still closed. The St James’ Church is under scaffoldings, but a filming on Clerkenwell Green is happening! 

Unfortunately, no signs of Tom Burke or Holliday Grainger. Even the location at Denmark Street did not prove productive.   

By Zvezdana, Your ‘unreliable reporter’.

Children’s book of the week: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Did you know – we have a children’s book of the week? This week’s title is: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This much loved story filled with Eric Carle’s vivid illustrations.

You can download a copy to read from cloudLibrary with your Kensington and Chelsea library card. And don’t worry if you’re not a library member yet as you can join online here.

We’ve found some great resources on the web to help you and your children get more out of this lovely story –

Eric Carle reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Listen to the author read his iconic children’s book on YouTube. Eric Carle has a very gentle and warm way of reading.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – the free app

This award-winning app teaches reading skills and problem solving for pre-schoolers. Eric Carle’s artwork is faithfully reproduced to illustrate puzzles and games.

Create a collage in the style of Eric Carle

The Imagination Tree shows you how to create a textured collage with your child by printing, painting, cutting and gluing. This is a really intuitive and expressive activity that kids will grasp quickly and can freestyle their way through. Good for using up scrap paper and things you can find around the home.

Explore more Very Hungry Caterpillar activities for toddlers

Even without a printer, you can get ideas from this hungry caterpillar-inspired activities. Explore crafts, puppet making, story-telling, counting and many more inspiring activities that help their learning development.

We’re going on a Very Hungry Caterpillar scavenger hunt

Three ideas for a hungry caterpillar-inspired scavenger hunt. Children love to search for things and to tick them off a list. They can also help set up the scavenger hunt by hiding objects around the room for someone else to find. A lot of the objects can be improvised, drawn on paper or found in your fruit bowl!