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June 2012 Book of the Month. A compulsive page-turning thriller where a tragic drunk-driving accident rips open the lives of a middle class American family, exposing even more horrific secrets and lies. Since the author gained a following via a Richard and Judy selection, No Time for Goodbye, in 2008 he hasn’t put a foot wrong. Read it you won’t be disappointed.
A collaborative biography with Maggie Fergusson looking at the complex and varied life of this highly successful children’s writer. Michael Morpurgo has responded to each of the seven chapters with his own stories providing a unique look into his life and work. June 2012 MEGA Non-Fiction Book of the Month. FROM ARTICLE IN GUARDIAN 26TH NOV 2012. AUTHOR FAVOURITES OF 2012:Michael Holroyd - 'Among biographies, I particularly admired the subtlety and skill of Maggie Fergusson's Michael Morpurgo: War Child to War Horse (Fourth Estate). This is a story full of family problems which she confronts with insight and sensitivity.' Like for Like ReadingThe War Horses: The Tragic Fate of a Million Horses sacrificed in the First World War, Simon Butler A Life in Stories, Michael Morpurgo £12.99 Hardback 288 pages HarperCollins Children’s 26th September 2013 9780007395354
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. A new start for a family in the seedy beauty of Phuket in Thailand, set against man-made and natural disasters. Full of trademark Parsons characters that are fully formed, and totally absorbing. Great writing from a top flight author. June 2012 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month.
June 2012 MEGA Book of the Month. Until this one, Brookmyre's manic crime capers have been dripping with humour, satire, bad taste, wacky incidents and characters and an awful lot of dead bodies. They are unique and totally addictive. Now he has produced a Glaswegian noir, a gritty, conventional crime tale of drug dealers and dodgy policemen with a very likeable, inexperienced P.I. Jasmine and a fast-paced plot involving a missing baby and his parents many years ago. It is unusual for Brookmyre but as a crime novel it is superb. Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2012. Click here to find out about the second book in this series, When the Devil Drives.
June 2012 Book of the Month. A deeply touching tale of an unlikely friendship in the face of tragedy. This is a simply stunning debut novel that had publishers fighting over it and deserves to be read. Originally from New York, Carol Rifka Brunt currently lives in Devon with her husband and three children.A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher...Jenny Geras Editorial Director, Fiction, Macmillan. 'I first read Tell the Wolves I’m Home in February, when Carol’s agent sent it to me on submission, and I am not exaggerating when I say I was pretty sure that I wanted to publish it by the time I’d reached the end of the first paragraph. Reading fiction is a very personal experience, and so I naïvely thought and hoped that I would be the only editor in London who this book spoke to in this particular way, who recognised its brilliance, and its author’s huge talent. But of course this was not the case, and we had to bid in a very competitive 5-way auction in order to publish it. Rightly so, and the Pan Macmillan office literally broke out in applause when I announced that we had won that auction.It is a book about all the things that matter: family, friendship, love, life and death. The narrator June has the most wonderful voice, simultaneously innocent and wise, and her story about finding hope and making sense of her life after the loss of a loved one is a story that so many readers will relate to. It is astonishingly accomplished for a first novel, and had I not known it was a debut, I would not have believed it. When you read Tell the Wolves I’m Home, I hope that you will love it too. ___________________________________________________ A few Lovereading members have been lucky enough to get to read this novel ahead of publication. Scroll down to see what they think...
June 2012 Book of the Month. Money, power, corruption and the apparent suicide of a media baron... The fourth in the atmospheric and beguiling Quirke mysteries. The Quirke series1. Christine Falls2. The Silver Swan3. Elegy for April4. A Death in Summer5. Vengeance
June 2012 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. Through the character of Edgar Kellogg, ex fat kid, ex corporate lawyer and now wannabe journalist, Shriver explores the lengths you’ll go to and the things you’ll do when you are desperate to be known. It’s also important to remember, and interesting to note, when you read this that it was written in 1998, five years before her Orange Prize winner. A time capsule piece of wit, cynicism and satire.
June 2012 New Gen Book of the Month. Best-selling Philippa Gregory’s first book for teenagers is a thrilling story of malice and betrayal, courage and passion. Tricked out of her inheritance by her greedy and duplicitous brother, Isolde must swap ruling over her own castle and estate for a life of confinement as the Lady Abbess of the local nunnery. Bad things are happening among the nuns and soon Isolde’s life is in grave danger as she is accused of heresy, a crime which carries the penalty of being burnt at the stake. How clever and feisty Isolde is rescued from her fate and turns the tables on her persecutors with the help of Luca Vero, the handsome young enforcer of true religion, is a spellbinder of a story. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 3 June 2012. Click here to visit The Order of Darkness website.
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. The perfectly good man of the title is a Cornish vicar who is asked, by a wheelchair-bound young man, to witness his suicide. We then follow the vicar's life, non-chronologically, from 8 years old (the last chapter) to shortly after the suicide. Each chapter provides a snapshot in a character's life when something significant occurs which weaves together the significance of the suicide on all. We even got some characters from Notes From an Exhibition. It explores the lives of ordinary people in such a way that their lives seem beyond the mundane, a truly lovely novel.
June 2012 Book of the Month. A fascinating novel. In one way comforting, as you find yourself back in the village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes for a third time (Chocolat and The Lollipop Shoes). In another challenging and a little unsettling, as Harris addresses how the religion of Islam can be used as an excuse for segregation and certain behaviour. Unsurprisingly it is handled incredibly well and she delivers a satisfying read that we think would be a great reading group choice as well. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 24 May 2012. Listen to an audio extract by clicking on the orange arrow below. Peaches for Monsieur le Curé by Joanne Harris by Random House Audiobooks
With the flair for narrative and the meticulous research that readers have come to expect, Andrew Marr turns his attention to the monarch and to the monarchy, chronicling the Queen's pivotal role at the centre of the state, which is largely hidden from the public gaze, and making a strong case for the institution itself. June 2012 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 31 May 2012.
June 2012 Book of the Month. M. C. Scott makes these ancient landscapes jump off the page, with bold and brutal storylines inhabited by touchingly real and compelling characters. After a particularly bloody and catastrophic defeat, the ill-fortuned Twelfth Legion loses its treasured eagle. It is up to Demalion of Macedon and his most trusted legionnaires to risk everything in the fight to get it, and their honour, back. Great read for fans of Simon Scarrow, Robert Harris and Conn Iggulden.
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