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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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Book of the Month - October 2014

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

by Richard Flanagan

Review The story of Dorrigo Evans, a young Australian Doctor haunted by a wartime love affair with his Uncle’s younger wife and his horrific experiences as a Japanese Prisoner of War on the Burma Railway – ‘the line.’ Post war he finds his growing celebrity as a war hero at odds with his sense of…

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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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Frog Music

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

by Emma Donoghue

Review: Emma Donoghue’s visceral novel captures perfectly the grimy, hectic bohemian underbelly of 1800’s America. Full of intrigue and  beautifully told through a cast of characters you won’t want to leave once the novel is over. Rosie  

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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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