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Appeared on “Hay-on-Sky” 28 May. This wonderful story about believing in the unexpected and magical has just had its 40th birthday and remains as relevant to children now as it was when it was first published back in 1968. When a tiger turns up on the doorstep one day, the little girl and her mother just welcome him right in and offer him tea. He sits neatly at the table and eats his way quietly through every scrap of food in the house and every drop of drink, too. Then, just as politely, he takes his leave. When Dad comes home, there’s nothing left for him so he takes the whole family out for supper.
A collection of short romantic stories set amongst a backdrop of the warm sandy beaches of the Caribbean. A perfect holiday read.
The Bad Mother’s Handbook, Kate Long’s first novel, was one of my favourite books of last year, do seek it out. This too is a delight. We meet Katherine aged 18, she has been brought up by her poisonous Grandmother Poll and the relationship between these two is brilliantly portrayed in a tale with many twists and turns. We know father is dead but where is mother and what happened to her? How will Katherine get a life of her own and who is Callum? It is all very tantalising, Kate Long is a tremendous find, highly recommended. I love her.Comparison: Kate Atkinson, Sara Banerji, Mavis Cheek.Similar this month: None but try Shane Watson.
An epic adventure winding through the forests of India, the Himalayan mountains, the deserts of central Asia, all the way to the heart of China. From the author of the bestselling Alexander trilogy comes this enthralling historical tale of two great civilisations. Action-packed with battles, inhuman trials, and even a bit of passion; you'll be gripped the whole way though.
Winner of the 2006 Duncan Lawrie Dagger.Bestselling novelist Val McDermid is spot on in her quote for this cleverly crafted crime story - 'A riveting read. Ann Cleeves probes beneath the surface of a community to reveal the darkness that can fester when everyone thinks they know each other's secrets'. This one is set in the Shetland islands. Ann is a rising talent in psychological crime writing who should not be missed.
Scott Turow takes a break from courtroom fiction to offer us this effective novel about the corrosive power of WWII and the entombment of its memories within post-war American families. When his veteran father dies, Stewart Dubin, a courtroom journalist, decides to research his life. Discovering his dad's war journal, Stewart finds that American ideals of justice had little relevance on the battlefields of Europe. A very well characterised and intriguing story.
I really enjoyed this and the second in the series, published at the same time; two more are due later in the year. Crossing romantic comedy with a Buffy-style vampire tale, they are sexy, compulsive, quick to read and the most enormous fun. Betsy, a smart, trim, well-dressed girl with a passion for designer shoes, has a bizarre accident and wakes up alive in a morgue, little knowing she is now a vampire, but no ordinary vampire for garlic, sunlight and holy water do not affect her. As she is drawn into vampire politics, these traits make her stand out and so she is hailed a queen. The mix of vampires and humans is beautifully handled, their relationships developed throughout the books, so do move on to the second.Comparison: Buffy, Laurell K Hamilton, Anne Rice.Similar this month: None.
I believe Margaret is one of our finest authors who ought to be better valued. She writes about women, here connected through a hospital as visitor, doctor, patient or ex-patient. Itâs a good, old-fashioned book with well rounded characters and an understanding of what it must be like to be diagnosed with cancer and the effects of surgery. Itâs beautifully written, enormously involving, only perhaps a little inconclusive. I longed to know more.Comparison: Anne Tyler, Maureen Duffy, Linda Grant.Similar this month: None.
In the first in the series we discovered how Betsy became a vampire queen and acquired her gorgeously sexy king. Now we follow them into their adventures. Kinky, with a nice twist, I was happy reading this directly after finishing the first.Comparison: Buffy, Laurell K Hamilton, Anne Rice.Similar this month: None.
If you want a proper detective story you can’t go wrong with this. Skilfully managed with good suspense and lots of plot to keep tabs on, it’s certainly one of the best this month.Comparison: Reginald Hill, Graham Hurley, Elizabeth George.Similar this month: Stephen Booth, Quintin Jardine.
This is a story about lost children and the inability to accept their disappearance. It’s highly intriguing and told with great subtlety. It is the sort of American novel that conjures atmosphere and emotion in easy strides and carries you effortlessly through a thrilling and complex tale. Thoroughly enjoyable.Comparison: Alice Hoffman, Anita Shreve, Joshilyn Jackson .Similar this month: Kate Long.
A book with many beautiful moments that flows along mellifluously, full of delightful piety. A must for all Christians and the rest of us miserable sinners too. In a text full of charm, Rev John Ames is writing to his seven year old son as he knows he has not long to live. Interestingly the author wrote her first novel, Housekeeping, in 1981. This, 25 years later, is her second. It was certainly worth waiting for, a perfect book.Comparison: None but try Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Paulo Coelho, Mark Haddon.Similar this month: None but try Margaret Forster or Helen Oyeyemi.
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