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An astounding portrait of modern Cairo, of bribery and corruption, of love and despair, of opportunities sought and contradictions found, all hung around the occupants of a dilapidated department building. It has been a bestseller in the Arab world for four years and certainly deserves to be one over here too. A very impressive work.Comparison: Ahdaf Soueif, Naguib Mafouz, Orhan Pamuk.
We loved The Broken shore and Peter Temple has come up with another cracking crime novel. Another brilliant plot with bags of violence, death and dirty secrets. He's been up for a few literary prizes this year and is well worth discovering.
A stunning combination of horror, fantasy, thriller and gross-out humour The Pilo Family Circus is truly unlike anything else. It has been compared by reviewers to the work of Chuck Palahniuk, David Lynch, Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft, but Will Elliott is a new writer with a style unlike any other.
Reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 15th August 2007.This is such a funny book despite its sad subject matter of a young man being widowed suddenly at the age of 29. The protagonist of the novel, Doug, finds himself in despair and having to cope with everyone else in his life suddenly becoming the most dysfunctional they ever have. Told with real wit and dry humour this is a book that can be read in one sitting and hardly surprising that it appears as one of Richard and Judy’s Summer Reads. Obvious comparisons will be to Nick Hornby and Tony Parsons but with a New York slant.
Shortlisted for the Newcomer of the Year Award at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2008.Reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 25th July 2007.Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2007.An unusual and delightful debut that all lovers of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian will adore. Normally I find novels written in emails, memos, diary entries and the like, such as this is, irritating but this succeeds on all levels. The different strains of the madcap story, reported in different voices, works a treat and as the characters are developed and the plot unfolds, so your interest is held vice-like. Part political satire, part scientific experiment, part spiritual enlightenment and part love story, it is highly accomplished, lightly amusing, unexpectedly touching and very rewarding. I truly loved it. This title is also available as an Audio book in CD format, read by John Sessions, Samantha Bond, Fenella Woolgar and featuring Andrew Marr. Comparison: Marina Lewycka, Mark Haddon, Ben Elton.
A major new novel about a gypsy woman exiled for betraying her people, from the prize-winning author of DANCER
A very disturbing story of the descent into madness of a woman who has spent her life caring for her schizophrenic father and sees the development of the same illness in her four-year old son. When he drowns she is convinced her husband killed him. The tale is told by her brother, in part as a statement to the police and in part as narrative. Deeply gripping, sometimes frightening, it certainly deserves reading. Try his Breakheart Hill too, it’s excellent.Comparison: Roger Jon Ellory, John Sandford, Barbara Vine.
1587 and the painter Holbein makes his first visit to England under the patronage of Sir Thomas More. He falls for MoreÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s foster daughter, Meg Giggs, who in turn is greatly enamoured by the tutor, now trainee doctor, John Clement. This is wonderful Tudor household stuff, good on detail, the political tensions of the period and thwarted love, so part love story, part thriller, a great read.Comparison: Philippa Gregory, Tracy Chevalier, Sarah Dunant.
June 2007 Debut of the MonthBeautifully and elegantly written. James’s aim is to gain a “prominent reputation” at university. He makes friends with a group led by the rich, but damaged Francis, spending most of his time eminently grateful that he can enjoy their company and lifestyle, desperate to fit in. However it is evident that all the characters have their insecurities and are all just as desperate to be accepted covering it up with bravado and arrogance, no more so than when they are scaling the heights of the Cambridge colleges for the ultimate buzz. Stourton’s writing seduces the reader as much as James is seduced by the Night Climbers. We will eagerly await this author’s second novel.
June 2007 Book of the MonthA happy marriage, a sexual fantasy and then everything gets out of control, quite alarmingly so towards the end. This is a tragic story with echoes of American Beauty. It is based on misunderstandings which at times are a bit head-shaking …. How could he have thought that … but as the reader you have to accept he did, go with it and watch the suffering. It is a fast, enjoyable read with some astute observations on modern marriage and illicit sex.Similar this month: None but try Penelope Evans.Comparison: Maggie O’Farrell, Joshilyn Jackson, Elisabeth Hyde.
Angie, seventeen, is a star pupil and swimmer with a seemingly assured future â€“ when she has a psychotic breakdown. This haunting and affecting debut novel explores not just Angieâ€™s inner turmoil but the collateral damage it inflicts on her family as they evolve and adapt to the crisis in their midst. Definitely a book worth reading and talking about.
Did you know that the first recorded reading groups were among women working in factories in the nineteenth century? And now, according to research undertaken a few years ago, there are tens of thousands of groups meeting regularly in the UK reading everything from literary classics to technical manuals!
Of course, if you are in a book group, choosing what to read next can be a serious matter as not every book has subject matter that can really be dicussed. So to help you Lovereading has decided to lend a hand by, each month, selecting a number of books we feel are perfect and will give your group a rewarding discussion as well as a rewarding read.
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