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Book of the Month - September 2014

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

by Emily St. John Mandel

Review Immerse yourself in this inventively imagined novel set in a near future, post apocalyptic world. The lives of the main characters are skilfully intertwined and their twists of fate are gradually revealed as the story moves back and forth in time. Beautifully written, Station Eleven is a perfect blend of literary and genre fiction. An…

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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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