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The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan

The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan

by Kim Zupan

Review: In this brilliant debut novel set in the American West, an unlikely and uneasy friendship unfolds between two men – John Gload, a hardened killer and Valentine Millimaki, a troubled young Sheriff tasked with getting the killer to talk about a string of unsolved crimes. As they sit in the dark, separated by the…

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The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

by Deborah Harkness

Review: The final book in the ‘All Souls Trilogy’ does not disappoint.  Lose yourself in this series of supernatural intrigue amongst witches, vampires and demons.  Deborah Harkness proves to be a novelist of considerable talent. My favourite series of recent years – read it and be prepared to be anti-social – Jess Synopsis: Fall under…

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A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray

A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray

by Carys Bray

Review: This moving multiple voiced narrative unwraps one family’s grief. A study of faith tested, doubt examined and hope in the miraculous.  A poignant truthful debut novel – Ruth Synopsis: This is the story of what happens when Issy Bradley dies. It is the story of Ian – husband, father, maths teacher and Mormon bishop…

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Book of the Month - August 2014

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

by Helen Macdonald

Review: H is for Hawk  is at once a memoir of grief  and a falconer’s diary about the hard-won trust between hawk and human. Macdonald also splices into the narrative a fascinating biographical account of fellow falconer and writer T. H. White. The language is spare, evocative and electric, charged with emotion. A brilliant, moving…

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Book of the Month - July 2014

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

by Jessie Burton

Review: Beautifully written and filled with atmosphere, suspense and mystery.  The Miniaturist is a stunning debut novel.  Pitch perfect in time and place with a cast of compelling characters. WE LOVE THIS BOOK – The Booka Team Synopsis: There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed …On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella…

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Book of the Month - March 2014

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

by Hannah Kent

Review: Tightly plotted debut crime fiction inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. The portrayal of Icelandic rural life is genuinely stark.  A powerful and compelling read. Highly recommended – Tim. Synopsis: SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2013 GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD. Northern Iceland, 1829….

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Mrs Hemmingway by Naomi Wood

Mrs Hemmingway by Naomi Wood

by Naomi Wood

Review: Beautifully evocative portrait of the lives of four extraordinary women and their love for one of the most famous writers of his generation. A new perspective on Hemingway’s life and influences in novel form from the perspective of each of the women that carried the title ‘Mrs Hemmingway’ – beautifully written. – Louisa

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Book of the Month - February 2014

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Longbourn by Jo Baker

by Jo Baker

Our Book of the Month for February is Longbourn by Jo Baker. Review: Transported back to Georgian England few of us would live a life of privilege! Longbourn is a refreshing, enlightening and wry tale of the working classes and servants at the heart of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice , but has an emotional…

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Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Hemminsley

Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Hemminsley

by Alexandra Hemminsley

Review: An entertaining account of one woman’s journey from couch potato to marathon runner. Written in a chatty, amusing style, we found this inspiring and encouraging. – Jess and Louisa Synopsis: Very funny, very honest and very emotional, whether you’re in serious training or thinking about running for the bus, this book will make you…

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The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

by Nathan Filer

Review: A compelling and heartbreaking narrative which gives a powerful insight into one family and how they struggle to make sense of a family tragedy. – Carrie Synopsis: WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR 2013 ‘I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s…

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