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Winner of the Galaxy Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award 2011. A Tiny Bit Marvellous is the brilliantly observed story of a modern family all living in their own separate bubbles lurching towards meltdown. It is for anyone who has ever shared a home with that weird group of strangers we call relations. Oh and there's a dog called Poo.
Shortlisted for the 2013 RSL Ondaatje Prize. A sharp, clever, violent novel spanning the transition of South Africa from apartheid through Truth and Reconciliation to the present as seen by three characters living in those traumatic times. Pacey, it grips attention as it juggles time and person, old and new country and left me deeply saddened by the descriptions of South Africa today and the need for so much personal security. Click here to see Patrick Flanery's new book, Fallen Land, due out in hardback on 1 May 2013. The Lovereading view... This is a very confident debut novel that manages to be literary yet a page-turner at the same time. The author has said that he is influenced by the award winning writer and anyone who has read Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin will find echoes of it in his complex interwoven plot and themes of confronting your past. Interestingly, however, Flanery has said he didn’t read The Blind Assassin until a few months after finishing Absolution. Anecdotes aside this story, set in South Africa, of two novelists sharing a past and one writing the biography of the other is compelling and captivating. Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2012. FROM ARTICLE IN GUARDIAN 26TH NOV 2012. AUTHOR FAVOURITES OF 2012: A S Byatt - 'Patrick Flanery's Absolution (Atlantic) is a wonderfully constructed and gripping novel about betrayal and shadows in South Africa.'
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2012. This is a very confident debut novel that manages to be literary yet a page-turner at the same time. The author has said that he is influenced by the award winning writer and anyone who has read Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin will find echoes of it in his complex interwoven plot and themes of confronting your past. Interestingly, however, Flanery has said he didn’t read The Blind Assassin until a few months after finishing Absolution. Anecdotes aside this story, set in South Africa, of two novelists sharing a past and one writing the biography of the other is compelling and captivating. March 2012 Debut of the Month. FROM ARTICLE IN GUARDIAN 26TH NOV 2012. AUTHOR FAVOURITES OF 2012: A S Byatt - 'Patrick Flanery's Absolution (Atlantic) is a wonderfully constructed and gripping novel about betrayal and shadows in South Africa.'
A beautifully written book about a naïve young girl, Natalie, who believes her family to be the envy of their neighbours. However when a stranger enters the family’s midst his influence on her will shatter the family causing a separation of decades. A great debut very much in the style of Anne Tyler and Anita Shreve.
Jojo admits that this follow-up to Me Before You came as a result of popular demand. Fans wanted to know what happened to Lou after Will died. However if you haven’t read the first book it matters not for this is complete in itself. A tale of a young woman hurting badly after death by assisted suicide of the love of her life. It tells of her sad coping, of stumbling, existing and trying so hard to heal. It is a very fine novel in its own right. If you have read Me Before You then this will mean a lot to you. Lou discovers Will had more to his life than she realised and discovering bits about him makes for a fascinating read. Suffice to say that it is good and that is all you need to know before buying it. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
August 2012 Debut of the Month. This wonderful, simple, charming book is impossible to categorise and, we think, impossible not to absolutely love. Albert the platypus escapes from Adelaide Zoo in search of a place where humans never venture and animals still rule. Described as True Grit meets Watership Down please do read the Opening Extract.
The ultimate historical adventure novel: the life of Alexander the Great in a single, epic volume. The combination of Alexander's short, yet extraordinary, 33 year life story and Christian Cameron's unrivaled skills as an historian and storyteller will ensure that this will not only be the definitive version for many years to come, but also one of the most exciting historical epics ever written.
June 2012 Debut of the Month. Tragically sad and life-affirming at the same time, this brilliant debut novel of how teenager Alice Bliss copes with the loss of her father is a literary treat that really deserves to be on your reading list. Strong storytelling combines with emotional dialogue and Laura Harrington’s playwright background is evident as it sings off the page. Read the first chapter and you will be hooked.
Winner of the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. A glorious rollercoaster ride through myth, cyberspace, love and revolution, Alif the Unseen mixes ancient magic with modern adventure to create an extraordinary story. With shades of Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, and The Thousand and One Nights, Alif the Unseen is a tour de force debut—a sophisticated melting pot of ideas, philosophy, religion, technology and spirituality smuggled inside an irresistible page-turner.
A powerfully emotional story. Flipping around the life of the fictional Lara Moorhouse as she uses the creation of a book to explore and try to make sense of the sometimes painful memories of her and her family's lives. Lucy Collins most recent novel, The Meeting Point, won the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2011.
One of our Books of the Year 2015. May 2015 Book of the Month. Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. A big book in every way, powerful, intensely moving and awe inspiring. It traces the lives of blind Marie and orphan Werner through World War II. Werner is a whizz with fixing things and is pushed into Hitler’s Youth and on into the heart of the fighting until he lands up in St Malo on the Brittany coast where he meets Marie. Marie has fled there from Paris as the Germans advanced. The novel takes us through to the present. It is an epic story of the horror of war, the suffering and endurance illuminated with many acts of kindness. Beautifully written, it is a memorable, haunting tale. Doerr is an author to note being chosen by Granta as one of 21 Best Young American Novelists of the moment. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
One of our YA Books of the Year 2016. February 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. A deeply powerful novel for emotionally mature readers about surviving rape, speaking out and the ways in which women are forced to burden the blame for misogynist brutalities.With her alcoholic dad out of the picture, Romy lives with her mom and her mom’s boyfriend. To Romy, make-up and the diligence with which she manicures her nails and reapplies her red lipstick is not, as her dad thought, “a shallow girl's sport”. Rather, to Romy, make-up is armour, and worn for good reason. Since the sheriff’s son raped her, Romy’s peers have subjected her to torrents of abuse, accusing her of being an attention-seeking liar. Made to feel like an outcast, Romy’s only refuge is working in an out-of-town diner, where her past is a secret, and where she befriends compassionate Leon.Romy goes missing on the night of the notorious annual lake party and wakes up on the roadside. When it emerges that another girl, Penny, went missing that same night, people turn on Romy again. They accuse her of diverting police attention from the search for Penny, believing that Romy getting ‘wasted’ and winding up on the roadside was another manifestation of her attention-seeking tendencies. For a time Romy bears the abuse, but knows she has to break her silence about what really happened that night.This is a smartly written, suitably stark exploration of what it’s like to be a girl in a world in which female voices are silenced, women’s bodies are objectified, and the lives of accused “promising” young men are valued more than those of the women they've assaulted. It’s hugely important that stories like Romy’s are told, and Summers does it with remarkable poise. ~ Joanne Owen “It is absolutely critical that we stand against rape culture. Girls matter, their stories matter, and All the Rage is my way of letting them know” Courtney Summers
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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