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Cameron Cooley is a hack for an Edinburgh paper. Although no angel himself he finds himself involved in a very seedy world where murder and conspiracy are rife. Another novel where Banks mixes the grotesque with his dark humour. He is not for the faint hearted but he can sure tell a good story.
This series goes from strength to strength. Although you can read this as a stand alone it might help to have read the previous books for character development but still a thoroughly enjoyable read if you haven’t. This book focuses very much on the crime side and not too much romance but great plotting and writing keeps you glued form start to finish.
Personally I prefer Precious Ramotswe of his Botswana novels to Isabel Dalousie, the amateur sleuth featured here, but I do remember it took me more than one book to be totally enchanted by her so I know Isabel will grow on me. And I also know I enjoy the African setting more than the more sombre Edinburgh one of this series. But for all that, I can’t resist this author, the wit and wisdom is here and Isabel’s moral ground similar to Precious as she too tackles the mysteries of life. It’s utterly charming. She is expected in a television series in the autumn which I am much looking forward to.Comparisons: Agatha Christie, P G Wodehouse, Robert Goddard.Similar this month: Peter Robinson, Ben Sherwood.
One of Hardeep Singh-Kohli's favourite books. Ideal as an early introduction to Roald Dahl just as a child is starting to read alone because it’s a short story by comparison to some of his others. Filled with quirky black and white illustrations by the wonderful Quentin Blake that complement the story so beautifully. As three of the nastiest and most crooked farmers vow to wreak revenge on the foxes eating their chickens, little do they know what the foxes have in store for them.
The first in a three book series full of glitz, glamour and dark magic. Fairy tales are just that as Jane Boyle discovers when her seeming prince charming, Malcolm Doran, turns out to have a dark side and some serious family issues. Perfect for fans of Lauren Kate and Sara Manning. 666 Park Avenue Series:1. 666 Park Avenue2. The Dark Glamour3. The Lost Soul
February 2013 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. From the author of Maps for Lost Lovers comes a searing, exquisitely written novel set in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the months following 9/11 - a story of war, of one family's losses, and of the simplest, most enduring human impulses. Jeo and Mikal, foster-brothers from a small Pakistani city, secretly enter Afghanistan: not to fight with the Taliban, but to help and care for wounded civilians. But it soon becomes apparent that good intentions can't keep them out of harm's way... In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Blind Man's Garden a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'This really is an amazing novel and I would not be at all surprised to see it shortlisted for some of the literary prizes in 2013...'- Berwyn Peet. Scroll down to read more reviews.
February 2013 Debut of the Month. Winner of a Betty Trask Award 2013. Set in present day Lagos, this teenage romance between an unusually sophisticated street hawker and the daughter of a corrupt, hugely influential businessman erupts into tragedy as the author shows the casual lack of care for anyone unfortunate enough to be poor or to "get in the way". The subject is intriguing, the lovers an African Romeo and Juliet, and the background, contrasting poverty and immense wealth, beautifully portrayed. An interesting debut.
Winner of the Historical Category Romantic Novel of the Year at the RNA Awards 2014. From the author of four successful award-winning novels, this is a gorgeous historical romance and the sequel to Christina’s second novel, The Scarlet Kimono, that won The Big Red Reads Best Historical Fiction award in 2011. The orphaned daughter of a Japanese Warlord is forced to flee Japan with the help of Captain Nico Noordholt but their tentative romance is threatened by secrets they both have and the English civil war. Meticulous research and well-drawn characters make this a highly enjoyable read.Choc Lit, the publisher of this novel, was the 2012 Publisher of the Year as voted for by the Festival of Romance.
A powerfully emotional story. Flipping around the life of the fictional Lara Moorhouse as she uses the creation of a book to explore and try to make sense of the sometimes painful memories of her and her family's lives. Lucy Collins most recent novel, The Meeting Point, won the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2011.
James Craig hasn’t put a foot wrong with this addictive London-based crime series featuring the morally minded, enigmatic, Inspector Carlyle. The Circus is the fourth in the series and Carlyle is arms deep in a corruption scandal involving police and politicians after the discovery of the body of a journalist. Gripping, raunchy, urban, crime fiction at its best. Inspector Carlyle series:1. London Calling2. Never Apologise, Never Explain3. Buckingham Palace Blues4. The Circus Fans of the Inspector Carlyle series who would like to find out about his early years can do so by reading the short ebook, The Enemy Within, which is available in Kindle format. Click here to find out more.
Winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013. Stretching across three decades, with an interlude in Mao's China, it portrays a city in collision with itself. With a cast of pimps, pushers, poets, gangsters and eunuchs, it is a journey into a sprawling underworld written in electric and utterly original prose. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012. Sir Peter Stothard, Chair of Man Booker Prize 2012 judging panel, on Narcopolis... 'Narcopolis is by the Indian poet Jeet Thayil. This was a year of many fine novels on the mystery of the modern city. ‘Bombay’ is the first and last word of this first novel, an urban history written by a former drug addict through the changing composition of opiates and the changing character of their users. Poetry is not often a stepping stone to the novel. But we much admired his perfumed prose from the drug-dens and back streets of India's most concentrated conurbation, its mix of the domestic and exotic, the nearly infinite and the nastily defined.' Jeet Thayil, author of NARCOPOLIS (Faber), has won the third DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013. Worth US$50,000 Jeet is the first Indian author to carry off the award. FROM ARTICLE IN GUARDIAN 26TH NOV 2012. AUTHOR FAVOURITES OF 2012:Edna O'Brien - 'In sumptuous language, Jeet Thayil's Narcopolis (Faber) depicts the hallucinogenic sensibilities of those trapped in the opium rooms of Mumbai and by extension, the city itself, with its assortment of broken and stranded people, doomed to live in the shadows.'
The third in Stuart Clark's accessible and informative Sky's Dark Labyrinth series, where he uses historical fiction to help readers better understand the cosmos. Based on the true story of Albert Einstein and George Lemaître, a devout catholic and physicist who proved, using Einstein’s own maths, the theoretical proof of the Big Bang - a scientific ‘genesis’. The Sky's Dark Labyrinth series:1. The Sky's Dark Labyrinth2. The Sensorium of God 3. The Day Without Yesterday
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