Book of the Month

The Buried Giant

February 2016: 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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The Outrun

February 2016: 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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A God in Ruins

May 2015: 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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A Place Called Winter

April 2015: 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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Elizabeth is Missing

January 2015: 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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A Buzz in the Meadow by Dave Goulson

November 2014: 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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The Narrow Road to the Deep North

October 2014: 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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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

September 2014: 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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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

August 2014: 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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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

July 2014: 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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