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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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Book of the Month - January 2014

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

by Graeme Simsion

Our Book of the month for January is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – Review: A heart warming, intelligent and humourous story of one man’s search for love. The characters are unique and memorable – particularly Don who learns that when it comes to finding the perfect partner, sometimes we have to compromise and…

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Tinder by Sally Gardner

Tinder by Sally Gardner

by Sally Gardner

Review: This dazzling and haunting fairy tale, set during Europe’s terrible thirty years war is a captivating ‘cross over’ novel. David Robert’s beautiful, gothic illustrations bring the lyrical prose to life; my favourite book of 2013. – Rosie

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Book of the Month - September 2013

Stoner by John Williams

Stoner by John Williams

by John Wiliams

Review: A subtle, understated novel portraying the trials and triumphs on one ordinary man. Beautifully written and pitch perfect in every way. A classic to be rediscovered and enjoyed. One of my favourite reads of 2013 – Tim. Synopsis: William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. A seminar on English…

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Book of the Month - July 2013

Perfect by Rachel Joyce

Perfect by Rachel Joyce

by Rachel Joyce

Our Book of the Month for July is Perfect by Rachel Joyce, the eagerly awaited follow-up to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Review: “Rachel Joyce’s second novel is a beautifully rendered tale with keenly observed characters and precise prose captivating the reader from the first page to the last. The use of two parallel story lines…

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Book of the Month - June 2013

And The Mountains Echoed by Khalid Hosseini

And The Mountains Echoed by Khalid Hosseini

by Khalid Hosseini

Our Book of the Month for June is Khaled Hosseini’s And The Mountains Echoed, the eagerly awaited third book from the author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Opening with a Farsi folk tale, Khaled Hosseini weaves a very human story of the disintegration and dispersal of one family across decades and continents.  Wonderfully evocative…

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