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October 2009 Book of the Month. This is the final part of this brilliant trilogy and we will be sorry to see the last of Lisbeth Salander who has proved to be a formidable sleuth throughout. Getting revenge and justice is her mission. If a bullet to the head didn’t stop her then nothing can. You’ll be glued until the final page. Millennium series: 1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2. The Girl Who Played with Fire 3. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest
November 2009 Book of the Month. 'The Secret' is an international phenomenon that has inspired millions of people to live extraordinary lives. The Secret to Teen Power makes that material accessible and relevant for today's over programmed, stressed-out teens in this fast-movingand changing 21st century world. For example, it explains how the law of attraction can help teens navigate their friendships, relationships, schoolwork, money, and even more global issues like politics and the environment. By making use of the basic principles outlined in The Secret to Teen Power teenagers will achieve happiness and fulfilment and those long held dreams, so difficult to bring to life, can be unearthed.
October 2009 Book of the Month. We all know the stories of Tintin, the reporter extraordinaire so well, but much less well documented is this fascinating fictional glimpse into the mind of the boy reporter. For those who know Tintin through his many adventures, they will know that Tintin is averse to self-examination, is unworldly and trapped in the body and psyche of a teenager. So here in Tintin in the New World, first published some years ago and now thankfully reclaimed by Souvenir Press, Tintin embarks on an adventure that will introduce him to the woman he will love, and come to realise that he has the power to become one with all living things. Not only is it a recognisable portrait of Herge's Tintin but it's also a remarkable literary achievement. Tuten also gained approval from Herge to write this novel.
September 2009 Book of the Month. We have championed Chelsea Cain from the start and quite deservedly. In this third instalment of the series, about evil serial killer Gretchen Lowell, there is no let up on the action. Just when you thought Archie Sheridan had suffered enough at the hands of this woman there is more to come. Not for those with a sensitive stomach as some of the torture gets quite graphic but this is excellent, unputdownable writing.
September 2009 Book of the Month. A family drama where the characters spend their time analysing themselves and their roles in the family. Funny and sad this novel will have you analysing your own place in life and looking at what influences and creates who you are. A thoughtful and thought provoking book.
September 2009 Book of the Month. A ghost story … well, maybe a psychological thriller … but then again … it’s a tale of love rediscovered and it’s very clever. In fact it is all these things as well as being funny and sad and thoughtful. I think he is a wonderful writer – you must try his first too, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a perfect gem. Comparison: Marina Lewycka, Mavis Cheek, Ben Richards.
December 2009 Book of the Month. Godfrey’s Ghost is one of the most honest, yet revealing portraits of a man we’ve read in more than a long while. The man is actor Arnold Ridley, probably best known for his late in life acting as Private Godfrey in Dad’s Army. However, as you’ll find out when reading this memoir, there was much more to this man than the gentle, bumbling and rather endearing Godfrey of the small screen. Firstly, he was the celebrated playwright of The Ghost Train, a classic which is still performed today and secondly he saw the horrors of two world wars. His son Nicolas Ridley, in bringing us this memoir has used for reference, both Arnold’s unpublished autobiography as well as his own memories of his father and recollections of life as he was growing up an only child when his father was just a jobbing actor. The result is an original, touchingly truthful account of the life of a much-loved father who knew both fame and obscurity. It’s a truly engaging and life-affirming read.
August 2009 Book of the Month. An ex-SAS family man is employed on an ad hoc basis by MI5. He goes undercover to get closer to a fraudster who, after becoming a grass in prison, is released early … and so the fun begins. Terrorist threats, rivalry, revenge and duplicity heat up the plot which develops into a good beach read. It is the second in a series to feature ex-firearms officer Paul Tallis. Paul Tallis also features in a number of other thrillers by E V Seymour: The Last Exile Land of Ghosts The Mephisto Threat Click here to view the above titles together The following title is only available as a Kindle download. Click here for more details Resolution to Kill Comparison: Robert Ludlum, Gerald Seymour, Greg Iles.
September 2009 Book of the Month. Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger 2009. CWA Judges’ comments: ‘Immoral and highly entertaining, Block makes us root for his hitman anti-hero.’ Despite being a hitman Keller is an incredibly likeable character the readers routes for all the way. When Keller decides to take one last job before retiring he soon realises what a huge mistake that was and what a massive set up he has found himself in. Lawrence Block is one of the best crime writers around and we know you will love this latest slice of action. Keller series:1. Hit Man2. Hit List3. Hit Parade 4. Hit and Run
August 2009 Book of the Month. I love Dexter, you will too if you allow him into your heart. He is a serial killer with a difference, very human, very clever and very thought-provoking. Here he is off to Paris on his honeymoon where grotesque art disrupts his bliss. You’ve got to read him. Comparison: Unique, but try: Simon Lewis (Bad Traffic), Patrick Quinlan, Christopher Bookmyre. Click the screen below to view an interview with Jeff Lindsay.
August 2009 Book of the Month. A Bosnian, living in Chicago with his American wife, stumbles on an old news story about the death of Lazarus, a Jewish immigrant at the beginning of the twentieth century. He becomes intrigued, obtains a literary grant and with a photographer friend goes to Bosnia to trace Lazarus’ roots. Bosnia now, as then, is a dog-eat-dog place, grim and full of bigotry and fear. This is a circular tale with history repeating itself, a bleak, intelligent novel from a dynamic author much praised by the literary world. Comparison: Dina Mengestu (Children of the Revolution), Mohsin Hamid (The Reluctant Fundamentalist), Andrei Makine (Human Love).
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010. August 2009 Book of the Month. This is the author’s first venture in to crime writing, and this will be the first in a new series which looks set to be gripping and engaging stuff. Ruth Galloway makes a great lead figure as the forensic archaeologist who finds her expertise called upon to help solve crimes. Entertaining and full of suspense with the back drop of the wild Norfolk coast giving an extra chill to the bones.
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