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18 Jun The Aftermath

Rhidian Brook's family history provided the inspiration for the novel. His grandfather, Walter Brook, took over a requisitioned house in Hamburg in 1946 and, like the British family in the novel, he made the decision to share it with the German owners, rather than dispossessing...

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07 May They are Trying to Break Your Heart

  What a fantastic debut novel from David Savill!  The author zigzags across time and geography focusing on four interconnected characters. At the heart of the story are the themes of family, love, responsibility, desire, memory,  death as well unspeakable atrocities; the plot covers a ten-year period...

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19 Apr The Gustav Sonata

  This really was an easy read as well as being a real page-turner; an excellent choice for the latter stages of the Easter holidays. The difficulty now will be finding another book that betters it or is equally captivating. I loved the narrative and the...

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13 Apr Secret by Philippe Grimbert

  I am posting this article from The Guardian which provides an excellent insight into this unforgettable novel. Twenty years after his parents jumped from the window of their Parisian apartment to their deaths, Philippe Grimbert decided to write about the secret that had overwhelmed their lives....

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18 Mar Days Without End

Days Without End will probably be one of my favourite books of the year and that's a bold statement to make in March!  Thomas McNulty is an orphan from Ireland who escapes the Great Famine of the 1840s and manages to board a ship to...

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10 Mar Elizabeth is Missing

Elizabeth is Missing, the debut novel by Emma Healy, was the subject of a bidding war between nine publishers and has already been sold to TV producers, so it came highly recommended and with excellent credentials. I certainly needed to find a better read after labouring...

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08 Feb Wishful Drinking

  I came to this book having read the Princess Diarist in January 2017 . There were some lovely comments about this book by Lynn Barber writing in The Telegraph (yes sorry the Telegraph) when it was originally published in 2008. "It's a bit unclear why...

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