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June 2011 Book of the Month. Margaret Leroy explores a forbidden friendship in the frightening world of Guernsey during the German occupation in the Second World War. With her husband fighting on the frontline Vivienne begins a relationship with a Nazi soldier - to her it feels like a betrayal but can she fight against it or is love stronger than everything else around? Historically accurate and the storytelling is terrific, so much so it will keep you gripped to the page. Margaret Leroy's novels The Downing Girl and The Perfect Mother are also featured on the Lovereading site. Click the titles to view them.
If you're looking for a crime novel that makes you think then this is it, it's full of twists and counter twists with plenty of gore as well whilst remaining unputdownable. Crime writer Matt Wells hasn't had much time for a career of late - he's been too busy fighting for his life. And now he can't trust anyone, not even himself. His thoughts are not his own - his subconscious has been infiltrated and a single word can trigger hidden orders buried deep within Matt's memory, turning him into a killing machine. As far as he's concerned the man who took his normal life away must pay. Matt Wells series:1. The Death List2. The Soul Collector3. Maps of Hell4. The Nameless Dead
Gritty, atmospheric of time and place with characters that have a real edge to them are the hallmarks of Denise Mina's Garnethill series that began with Garnethill and continues here in Exile. Exile is a dark thrillerwith dark undertones but it is an ultimately uplifting story.The third Resolution is just as good. Garnethill series:1. Garnethill2. Exile3. Resolution
A shocking expose of an extraordinary Siberian criminal underworld. We are transported to a world of extraordinary violence where even children are sucked into a truly shocking code of behaviour.You cannot describe the morality of this world because there is no morality. Yet the criminal protagonists live by a traditional and, among themselves, respected code of behaviour. To go against it, or even be ignorant of it, is to risk unspeakable revenge - even among one's own family. Among the unworthy, you yourself have become unworthy. 'Dignity, once lost, never returns'. Reading this book, you become part a criminal world where 'the only thing a worthy criminal takes from the cops is a beating, and even that he gives back, when the right moment comes'. Be very careful.
Forgetting Zoë is a moving, epic tale of courage, survival, horror and loss, that explores how a bond of affection and intimacy can develop between captive and captor. Judging Panel Fiction Uncovered 2011: ‘The dark, unflinching tale of ten-year-old Zoe, abducted and imprisoned after a chance encounter. While Thurman viscerally proves the apple never falls far from the tree, Zoe must find a way to outwit and escape from her perverse captor. A grim story written with extraordinary skill.’
It is the summer of 1891 and London is simmering under an oppressive heatwave. The air is thick with tension and sexual repression. But another wave is about to rock the capital - one of morality - as Oliver Wheeler and the puritans of his London Vigilance Committee seek out perversion and aberrant behaviour in all its forms. Judging Panel Fiction Uncovered 2011: ‘A fascinating portrait of the seamy underworld of London in 1891. Line by line Edric out-writes many better known novelists.’
Peter Jefferson presented the Shipping Forecast for over 40 years, and his familiar voice continues to be heard reading quotations on Radio 4's Quote/Unquote . This book is both an affectionate memoir and an account of the science behind the forecast: Peter explains how it came about, who collects all the information and what it's like to read this bulletin. Even though the information in the forecast is now readily available in many formats, the Shipping Forecast is something of a must listenA for fans gathered over the decades.
When this book landed on the Lovereading desk it was snapped up over 4 consecutive days by 4 different people. Each reader was moved to both tears and laughter and read it virtually in a sitting. It's the story of Kate who, in her 30s having been a keen runner, had a massive stroke that as far as the doctors were concerned left her all but dead with no chance of walking, talking or swallowing again, in fact she had what is now called 'Locked-in Syndrome'. The doctors however hadn't taken into account the strength and determination of Kate. This is truly one of the most life-affirming and moving true stories I've read and is a must read and one to spread the word on to everyone you know. Who knows, at some point in the future this could be you. It will make you reassess your own life and to realise life is truly special and the human spirit will always win through if determined enough, however tough the hill is to climb. Running Free is a moving and inspirational story of survival that celebrates life, friendship and sheer bloody-mindedness.
Loss and revenge run deep and strong in this powerful and emotional novel. After the loss of her husband and son to a terrorist’s bomb Danni wants revenge – but what happens when you meet the killer face to face? Fast-paced, emotionally pitch-perfect and with a heart-wrenching ending, Kiss the Bullet is a thriller as gripping, intelligent and satisfying as they come from the author of Ties That Bind.
The adventures of Hew Cullan, the young 16th century lawyer continue in this 3rd instalment. A shipwreck in St Andrews leads Hew to Ghent where the discovery of a strange secret tests his principles to the limit. Perfect for fans of Ellis Peters and C J Sansom.
I’ve hijacked this book for the Gardening section as I couldn’t bear to miss Mirabel Osler’s new book. She starts and ends with gardens and throughout plants, trees, fragrance and gardens are much in evidence so I feel I am somewhat justified. She is looking back on life, sorting through accumulations of letters, diaries and photographs with that sadness that comes from knowing that one day who will know that person in the photograph, their story and history. We are introduced to places and people, her beloved husband Michael who sadly died just before her classic A Gentle Plea for Chaos was originally published, her children, her friends, the places where she has lived – and loved. A jewel of a book. Like for Like ReadingA Little History of British Gardening, Jenny UglowA Gentle Plea for Chaos, Mirabel Osler
A journey of the mind - as well as out at sea, amid the basking sharks, seals, fulmars and waves the size of wardrobes. And while storms rage, Jasper seeks refuge in bars, playing guitar and talking, as only the Irish can, with everyone along the way. All of which makes for a unique inside view of the new and old Ireland, from a man never quite sure if he'll come through the next day in one piece.
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