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September 2013 Book of the Month. A tale of race fixing and deadly intrigue in the racing world from the pen of Dick Francis’ younger son, Felix. Sid Halley, a former British jump racing Champion Jockey and private detective (and a recurring character in Francis novels) turns down a job to investigate race fixing and in doing so inadvertently puts his family in mortal danger. But he will stop at nothing to keep them safe.Refusal is his third solo novel after Bloodline and Gamble and it is clear the champion winning thriller writing genes have been passed on for our enjoyment.
September 2013 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Mary Berry’s journey to become the Nation’s favourite baker has been a long one. Starting in near tragedy she turned to cooking after a childhood bout of polio, this early decision leading her to demonstrating, teaching, food journalism, writing and then broadcasting and the Great British Bake Off which established her as a charming and knowledgeable cook who loves to teach by encouragement and example. You can expect the same charm in her writing, together with humour, joy and sadness, a great pleasure to read the life experience of such a modest and talented woman.Like for Like ReadingMary Berry’s Baking Bible, Mary BerryThe Great British Bake Off: How to Bake – The Perfect Victoria Sponge and other Baking Secrets, Linda Collister This title has been heavily embargoed by the publisher until 12 September 2013. An extract will be unavailable to view at Lovereading until that date.
Some really excellent illustrations in this guide to the Navy in the time of Nelson. The illustrations are taken from the collection of the National Maritime Museum and the book is intended as a companion to the opening of the new gallery of the same name. The book gives an excellent all round picture of the Navy showing us a cross section of the times – the people who made the navy from the humblest sailor to the highest Admiral, the men who made the ships, the women who watched their men sail away. Like for Like ReadingJack Tar: Life in Nelson’s Navy, Roy and Lesley AdkinsThe Wooden World: Anatomy of the Georgian Navy, N.A.M. Rodger Click here to find out more about the new permanent gallery, Nelson, Navy, Nation, which opens at the National Maritime Museum on Trafalgar Day, 21 October 2013.
Written over the last 50 years, the best of Maeve Binchy’s journalism. An acute observer of humanity, she brings her unique view of people and place to these pieces. Like for Like ReadingAches & Pains, Maeve BinchyOverheard, Conversations from the Buses, Boardrooms and Bars of Britain, Mark Love & Jacqui Saunders
Family tragedy, hidden desires, failing careers and new starts all feature in this funny, witty and poignant follow-up to her debut Postcards from the Heart. A natural storyteller, Ella Griffin has a real skill, moving seamlessly between the most painful of truths and laugh-out-loud comedy, and is a must for fans of Marian Keyes.
The Wildflower Path brings to a close the powerful and moving tale of family, love and loyalty that began with The Flowers of the Field and A Flower That’s Free. It is the end of the 20th Century and secrets from the past return generations later, with devastating consequences...The Flowers of the Field was first published in the early 1980s and it is wonderful to eventually be able to bring you it’s conclusion.
September 2013 Book of the Month. Hollywood in the late 20s, its glory days of glamour, wealth and decadence contrasted against New York in 1911 and the hardship of the immigrants. This is a very absorbing work indeed, quite a change for this author, bigger and more ambitious than is her norm, a lovely period beautifully portrayed in an evocative, gripping read. The Lovereading view... Daisy Waugh's latest novel, set in the heady days before the 1929 Wall Street Crash, is an engaging story of love, fame and glamour and how far you are willing to go to get it. On the surface Max and Eleanor Beecham are a sucessful society couple but under the surface their business and personal lives are a dysfunctional mess - but can an invite to the year's most glamorous party give them a chance to change? A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'Daisy Waugh’s book, Melting the Snow on Hester Street, is one of my favourite books of the year. The writing is very elegant and cinematic - I had such a strong sense of the glamour and hedonism of 1920s Hollywood when I was reading it; how people were seduced into feeling that they were invincible, then how brutally they were destroyed by the horrifying, slow-motion implosion of the Wall Street Crash. There's also a lesser-known true story woven into the plot about the illegal exploitation of immigrants in New York, forced to work in inhuman conditions to feed the excesses of the age. It is unimaginably shocking and tragic, yet so startling close to the news stories about exploitation that we still read today.I found myself really rooting for the two main characters, Max and Eleanor - although they are very flawed people who have made mistakes, their love for each other and their family made me feel that they deserved some kind of redemption. It’s been compared to The Great Gatsby, which is definitely praise it deserves! But in the final realisation that out of desolation comes strength, there’s a close link to Tender is the Night – there is an enduring lesson for everyone in this haunting, elegantly written novel.' - Claire Palmer, Assistant Editor, HarperFiction
What would you do if you could write the story of your life? After battling a brain tumour twenty-nine year old Emma thinks she is in the clear, but her world comes crashing down around her when she is told her fight was in vain, and there is nothing more the doctors can do. Realising that she won't now have time to achieve the things she dreamed of, Emma decides to write her perfect life in a story. She imagines all the things she would have done, the places she would have seen, the husband she would have shared her life with and the family they would have raised. And, mysteriously, as she writes her story, she starts to notice that some of her dreams seem to be coming true. Now with a real love in her life, and her fading hope burning brighter, reality and fiction start to become blurred.
The superb follow-up to Eoin Colfer's highly acclaimed adult cime debut PLUGGED featuring Irish ex-army sergeant Dan McEvoy, written with the warmth and wit that make his Artemis Fowl novels so irresistible.
Provocative and profound, Sebastian Faulks’ dazzling novel journeys across continents and time to explore the chaos created by love, separation and missed opportunities. From the pain and drama of these highly particular lives emerges a mysterious consolation: the chance to feel your heart beat in someone else’s life. Listen to an audio extract by clicking the orange arrow below. A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks by Random House Audiobooks
September 2013 Short Story Book of the Month. An irresistible collection of stories of love and fidelity, mystery and unexpected lives from some of the bestselling authors writing today. And even better news is that for each book purchased £1 goes to Breast Cancer Care. Breast Cancer Campaign’s fundraising event wear it pink is on Friday 25 October. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Coffee Shop Book Club a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'What an amazing mix of stories - 28 in total, all of them different. It’s like opening a box of your favourite chocolates and being lost to choose which one you like best.' - Kath Thornton. Scroll down to read more reviews.
Growing up, Aurelia was haunted by the mysterious death of her parents when she was very young, and she has always longed to know the truth about her past. At 18, she meets a man who will change her life forever, and when he disappears before she can learn his name, she vows to find him again. Thanks to an unknown benefactor, Aurelia travels to America to continue her education. There she comes across the existence of an exclusive ball that has been held every year for centuries. The decadent celebration of the senses travels from country to country, cropping up in secret locations and inviting only a very selective list of guests. Caught up in world of passion and intrigue, Aurelia soon becomes one of the ball's star attractions. But little does she know that as her involvement with the festivities increases, she is coming ever closer to discovering the truth about her mysterious benefactor, her own past, and the identity of the one man she has ever truly loved.
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