The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant

by Kazuo Ishiguro

Fiction Book of the Month Synopsis: The Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But at least the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. The Buried Giant begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of…

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Book of the Month - February 2016

The Outrun

The Outrun

by Amy Liptrot

Non-Fiction Book of the Month  Synopsis: When Amy Liptrot returns to Orkney after more than a decade away, she is drawn back to the Outrun on the sheep farm where she grew up. Approaching the land that was once home, memories of her childhood merge with the recent events that have set her on this…

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Book of the Month - May 2015

A God in Ruins

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

by Kate Atkinson

Review: In “A God in Ruins” Kate Atkinson turns her focus to Teddy, beloved younger brother of Ursula Todd, the main character of the companion book “Life After Life” published in 2013. Teddy never expected to survive his apocalyptic experience of WWII in Bomber Command, but he did. This is his story as brother, husband,…

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Book of the Month - April 2015

A Place Called Winter

A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale

by Patrick Gale

Review: This poignant novel tells the story of Harry Cane – forced to abandon his wife and child and a comfortable London life and emigrate to the harsh, newly colonised prairies of Canada. Here, having apparently lost all, Harry’s journey of self discovery continues as he begins to find his true self in a place…

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The Bowler's Meatball Cookbook

The Bowler’s Meatball Cookbook by Jez Felwick

by Jez Felwick

Review: This cookbook has become a real favourite in the Morris household over the last few months, revolutionizing the mundane task of deciding what to have for tea this week. It showcases gourmet meatballs, fishballs and vegballs – all with a delicious flavour combinations. There are great ideas for sauces, sides and salads too. Beef…

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Book of the Month - January 2015

Elizabeth is Missing

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

by Emma Healey

Review: A riveting and stunning debut novel. Maud reveals her story in fragmented snatches of recall – mixed with the minutiae of her everyday life. She is forgetful but there is one thing she is sure of – Elizabeth is missing. Somewhere in her damaged mind lies the answer to a mystery most people have forgotten…

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Mobile Library

Mobile Library by David Whitehouse

by David Whitehouse

Review: Quirky and packed full of incident (some of it improbable), Mobile Library is ‘driven’ by a memorable cast of unlikely characters, headed by the vulnerable and socially awkward Bobby Nusku. Bobby befriends and finds a soulmate in Rosa, whose mother Val holds the keys to a mobile library. Over the course of a summer,…

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A Girl Called Jack

A Girl Called Jack by Jack Monroe

by Jack Monroe

Review: We gave this book to our daughter for her return to University but ended using it ourselves. It’s full of practical advice and tips on how to eat well for less. A book that will make you reassess your shopping habits and perfect for students, families and those in a rush. This is ‘make do and…

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Foxglove Summer

Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

by Ben Aaronovitch

Review: Ben Aaronovitch’s mysteries are gritty, quirky, humorous and a brilliant read. Aaronovitch is fascinated with the geography of London, creating his own off-centre folklore to great effect. In this next instalment of his bestselling series he takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London – to…

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Book of the Month - November 2014

A Buzz in the Meadow by Dave Goulson

A Buzz in the Meadow by Dave Goulson

by Dave Goulson

Review: ‘Bee Man’ Dave Goulson writes with passion and a descriptive, accessible style with just the right dusting of humour as he tells the story of how he bought a derelict farm in the heart of rural France, together with 33 acres of surrounding meadow and his attempts to create a place for his beloved…

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