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  • Boy Made Blocks

    A Boy Made of Blocks – Keith Stuart

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    Sam is eight-years-old and has high-functioning autism. His parents are Alex and Jody, and their marriage is increasingly strained by the fact that Alex is unable to parent his son in any way.

  • Coloumn Of Fire

    A Column of Fire – Ken Follett

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    Christmas Choice 2017

    The saga that has enthralled the millions of readers of The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End now continues with Ken Follett’s magnificent, gripping A Column of Fire. Christmas 1558, and young Ned Willard returns home to Kingsbridge to find his world has changed. The ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn by religious hatred.

  • A Different Class

    A Different Class by Joanne Harris

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    An excellent, brooding drama with some of the same characters from an earlier book, Gentlemen and Players. The characters and storyline stand alone, and it is not necessary to have read the first.  Roy Straightley is Latin Master at St Oswalds Grammar School in North Yorkshire. Over the years he has taught many boys; a few of which stand out in his memory – mostly because of their troubled natures. The story is narrated by two voices; one of which is the dry, witty voice of Straightley. The other voice is initially anonymous, and in the form of the diary entries of a seriously disturbed mind. I enjoyed trying to match up this second voice with the array of characters as observed by Straightley. Suspense is built up by the feeling and expectation of the meeting place of these two converging stories. Gripping and entirely absorbing.

  • A Keeper

    A Keeper – Graham Norton

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    The mystery of Elizabeth Keane’s father is one that has never been solved by the people of Buncarragh – not for lack of speculation.

  • Legacy Of Spies

    A Legacy of Spies – John le Carré

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    Master of the spy thriller, Le Carré’s new book compounds his own legacy of publishing at a pitch for six decades. Peter Guillam is an old, long-retired spy who receives an unwelcome summons to answer questions surrounding a treachery in Berlin during the Cold War.

  • A Spool of Blue Thread

    A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

    0 out of 5

    Tyler is a prolific author and I have only read two of her previous novels: Breathing Lessons and Accidental Tourist – both of which I loved. She is known for her well-realised characters and family sagas and her new book is a no exception. The story of the Witshank family across three generations is told in such a masterful way that even though it’s a story of an average family it becomes a compelling masterpiece. I think this is partly Tyler’s gift. Her characters are complex, likable, quirky and very realistically flawed people who become ‘real in the telling’. Abby and Red are growing old and their children come together at the family home to discuss how they are going to help them. There are rivalries, jealousies and all the expected dysfunction inherent in all families. Tyler writes sensitively, often with gentle humour and insight. Highly recommended.

  • A Strangeness in My Mind

    A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk

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    Winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize for literature, and an author known for his enduring love for his home city Istandbul, Orhan Pamuk has written  his masterpiece, A Strangeness in My Mind. Briefly, although it’s hard to be brief with a book such as this, the story follows the life of Mevlut, a boza (fermented drink) seller, and his family from 1969 to 2012 in Istanbul. Mevlut’s personal history is set against a backdrop of Istanbul, and described from his view point. Forty years of change, socially, culturally, politically is experienced, and retold through the simplicity of his yearnings, desires and experiences. This is a remarkably written book, multilayered and dense with meaning and description. The monumental approach of the novel is kept in tight rein with Pamuk’s simple, stirring and often ironic prose. Don’t be put off by the sheer length and scale of it; highly recommended.

  • Thousand Splendid Suns - 9780747585893

    A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

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    Miriam is a harami, an illegitimate child, who is forced to marry Rasheed when she is only fifteen. Laila is a strong independent young woman who is planning on studying at university when, some years later, she too catches the eye of Rasheed and becomes his second wife.

  • Thousand Tales Of Johannesburg

    A Thousand Tales Of Johannesburg – Harry Kalmer

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    Sunday Times Literary Awards 2018 – Barry Ronge Fiction Prize Winner

    A Thousand Tales Of Johannesburg is Harry Kalmer’s spellbinding ode to Johannesburg and its people.

  • A Treachery Of Spies

    A Treachery of Spies – Manda Scott

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    A Treachery of Spies is an espionage thriller to rival the very best, a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse, played in the shadows, which will keep you guessing every step of the way. An elderly woman of striking beauty is found murdered in Orleans, France.

  • About Last Night

    About Last Night – Catherine Alliott

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    There’s a place for the light-hearted and funny read, a beacon in the currently popular sea of serial killers and Nordic Noir. With that in mind, About Last Night will buoy you up and make you giggle. Molly is trapped in the country after her husband dies, leaving her with three children to rear and very little money to do it with.

  • Acts Of Vanishing

    Acts of Vanishing – Fredrik T. Olsson

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    A city in darkness. A hero in disgrace. His daughter in the gravest danger. With its heart-pounding action and breakneck pace, Acts of Vanishing is the perfect blockbuster thriller.