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For those who miss Catherine Cookson, this is for you. Sheâ€™s a wonderful author who just seems to get better. This is powerful stuff centring on a candle-making family in Bolton ruled over by a despot whose just got to have his come-uppance.
January 2015 Guest Editor Harriet Evans on Venetia... I was in bed ill for a couple of days last month. As any Georgette Heyer fan knows illness is no bad thing because it means you can reread a Georgette Heyer. I reread Regency Buck and then Venetia and remembered again why Venetia is my favourite of hers. I have converted many to the church of Georgette. If you haven’t tried her, please give her a go. She’s so good and I think people who don’t know her think she’s soppy and she’s absolutely not. She is witty, elegant, gripping, gorgeously romantic, and this one is universally acknowledged to be her at her best.
From the Big Bang to today, science through history stories, which is so easy to read it becomes both fun and compulsive. A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher... ‘Apart from his bestselling humorous travel books, Bill Bryson had already notched up a couple of more serious books (about language) when, frustrated at the gaps in his own education in and understanding of science, he embarked on this massive effort to explain the world, the universe and everything from the Big Bang to where man came in, in an entertaining and accessible way. In so doing, he created the best and most successful book of popular science ever, which apart from winning prizes, went on to become the bestselling non-fiction book of the decade: a rewarding and landmark book with which I and my colleagues are terribly proud to have been associated.' Marianne Velmans, Publishing Director at Transworld
Dunmoreâ€™s strength is in pulling together complex stories in a beautifully poetic language style and yet making the reading easily assimilated. The interconnected threads to the story revolve mainly around loss; a girl left in a shoebox at 2 days old, the death of her daughter years later. In order to understand the story of her life and her loss she listens to stories of the lives of friends and family. Sounds rather morbid but there is great depth to the whole novel that will grab you as you read it.
September 2009 Good Housekeeping selection. On My Bookshelf by Penny Smith... Winnie The Pooh by AA Milne is brilliant because people are often like the animals – one of my brothers was like Eeyore, quite gloomy; I was like Rabbit, always tidying up. It was the first book I read on my own, so AA Milne was responsible for me becoming a bookworm, to the extent that when we were about to go out as a family, I used to hide behind the curtains reading, hoping my parents would forget there were four children and leave me behind. GMTV presenter Penny Smith is passionate about books and is now a novelist herself; her latest fiction, After The Break, is published by Harper Perennial.
February 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. On My Bookshelf by Tamsin Greig... Frankl was an Austrian Jewish psychiatrist who survived Auschwitz. Written a few years after his liberation, it describes his experiences in the death camps in terms of his psycho-therapeutic technique of ‘logotherapy’ – man’s ‘will to meaning’. His premise is: if we are able to find meaning in the most hopeless of human experiences, then we can find meaning in any part of life. He proposes that man’s greatest freedom is that we can choose how we respond to any situation. I return to this book to remember the responsibility of response.
Full of convincing historical facts of the Tudor period and intertwined with rich authentic drama this is Philippa Gregory at her best. She writes quite brilliantly about the massive power struggle between Elizabeth and Mary, and a girl under the employ of Robert Dudley, called Hannah whose twisted loyalties are portrayed so well. Full of realism, wonderfully heart-warming and brimming with love and betrayal this is sure to have you reading long into the night.
What else can we say about this outrageously sucessful first novel - rich, complex and rewarding and a 'must' read.
Fun, fast and very gripping. You know the story, and if you haven't read it by now then you really should.
The first of the Johnny Maxwell trilogy, aimed at younger readers but accessible to all, deals with perceptions of reality, humanity, gender, race and conflict in Pratchett's famously light and witty style. Set against the first Gulf War and the break-up of his parents, young Johnny's world is shaken when the alien invaders from his computer game ask him to save them from the humans. Pratchett's deeply clever humour makes difficult subjects understandable, action sequences compelling and characters charmingly human, whatever their species. One of my all time favourite books. Comparison: John Connolly (Gates of Hell), James Patterson (Maximum Ride); Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl). Only You Can Save Mankind - The Musical. Only You Can Save Mankind the musical premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2004, receiving stunning reviews, amongst them Charles Spencer of the Daily Telegraph who said "the songs are excellent - witty - melodic and with a couple of soaring power ballads that are deeply affecting. This is clearly a show with a future." Only You Can Save Mankind - The Album. This release of the overture and five songs is the prelude to that future for a show now gathering the investment for a national tour. The recorded songs have a selecton of voices from the West End, Daniel Boys and Sharon D Clarke amongst them. Available now to download on i-tunes or to pre-order a CD, go to www.ifnotyouthenwho.com.
Winner of the 2004 Man Booker Prize, our most prestigious literary award. A novel that in actual time only covers four years (1983-1987) but in reality brings the whole Thatcher period into play. It is the story of Nick, gay and twice in love, and of his relationship with a very Tory university chum and his family. But it is the writing that stars.Comparison: Edmund White, Patrick Gale, Adam Mars-Jones.Similar this month: Philip Hensher, David Baddiel.
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