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A hard-to-put-down, excellent read of slavery, harrowing but full of love and hope. The characters are very real and the writing is gripping. Based on fact, the actual document of ‘The Book of Negroes’, which is a list of all those who were taken by the British from America to Canada. This is the story of one such, Aminata, an intelligent, brave woman of immense strength and determination who follows her dream, whatever happens, to return to Africa. It won the 2008 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. It is an epic, sweeping, magnificent tale, not to be missed. Comparison: Andrea Levy, Toni Morrison, Khaled Hosseini.
Shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Comedy of the Year 2011. A wonderfully funny, fresh debut. Katy Carter is a lovable character suffering the ups and downs of relationship drama and making some interesting discoveries along the way. You will be routing for her all the way as she realises perhaps the life she thought she wanted isn't quite so perfect after all. A great romantic read, thoroughly absorbing and fun.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 8 April 2010. Pullman’s re-telling of the life of Christ. Controversial before it was even published Pullman’s book gives his view on the life of Jesus. He is not trying to shock or provoke but simply giving a different viewpoint on the life of an historical figure. Whether you agree with him or not it is an interesting and thought provoking read. May 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. The Good Housekeeping view... Award-winning children’s author Philip Pullman’s new novel The Good Man Jesus And The Scoundrel Christ, has been described as the most controversial book of the year. It retells the story of Jesus, drawing from the Bible, but with a very different interpretation of his role. Pullman stirred up criticism from the Vatican with his hit fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials, and this new venture looks set to trigger debate once more.
Reading like fast paced action movie the obvious comparison is with the Da Vinci Code although the inclusion of actual angels gives it a slightly supernatural element. Great characters and a twisting plot line make for a great action thriller, full of suspense and mystery. May 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. The Good Housekeeping view... Angelology is set to go stratospheric – comparisons with Dan Brown abound and the film rights have been sold to Columbia Pictures. Full of edge-of-the-seat adventure, the book sees a young nun and an art historian uncover proof of the existence of angels, which triggers the hunt for a priceless treasure and reignites a battle between good and evil.
Full of insight, this is a deeply moving story about how a child handles a parent with a serious problem. Leo’s life with his father is a mess but there is no way Leo is going to let anyone know that. As much as possible he covers up for his father’s drinking, just as his father tries to cover it up to Leo after losing control so many times. But Leo needs a space to escape; he needs his dreams and hopes so that he can escape from home and can get away from his horrible teacher. David Yelland handles the many strands of Leo’s life deftly making this far more than a story about a problem.
A look at the life of a trainee midwife in the 1950’s. A fascinating social history that is moving and funny and gives great insight in to the varying social classes all linked by the same experience of childbirth. Being a midwife was no easy career choice and this book tells you the warts and all story. Interesting stuff!
April 2010 Debut of the Month. A rich historical novel, full of mystery, secrets and hidden identities which involve family inheritance, murder and some intriguing characters. It romps along at a good pace, gaining speed and complexity as it goes. Atmospheric and the most enormous fun, it is not the literary masterpiece the publishers would like us to believe, but a thoroughly good read. Comparison: Jed Rubenfeld, Mikkel Birkegaard, Robert Goddard.
This is her first new one since the Richard and Judy chosen book, The Rose of Sebastopol. Although there have been several published over here since, they have all been titles written sometime ago, so this has her back on top form. It is a strong plot-driven story of a young woman coming to terms with the loss of an adored brother, James, in World War I and fighting a male dominated world to be accepted as a lawyer. She lives in a household of female family members and into it comes another young woman with a male child … James’ son. It is a good story, well written. Comparison: Sarah Waters, Andrea Levy, Georgina Harding.
Little Brown have re-launched the Barbara Pym novels with introductions from popular authors such as Alexander McCall Smith and with this one Salley Vickers. We re so glad her novels are being given a facelift as they are hugely enjoyable, witty and sharp. Treat yourself, you won’t regret it. April 2010 Guest Editor Katharine McMahon on Barbara Pym... This choice is in part in memory of my mother, who loved Pym (and Jane Austen) and who shared her with me. Pym has a wicked eye for the small things, and creates a world in which the minutiae of life really matters to the characters, as it does to us all. I love her clergymen and her worried, well-meaning ladies. Her great gift was to make us smile with, not at, the quiet absurdity of life.
Abby is engaged to Jack who, from a previous marriage, has a 6-year old daughter. She disappears from a beach whilst in Abby’s charge. Jack naturally blames Abby and the police assume the child drowned. Abby has different ideas and so embarks upon a year-long journey to find the girl. I found it moving and quite disturbing. Comparison: Jodi Picoult, Heather Gudenkauf, Diane Chamberlain.
Just look at the reviews for this author. Her peers love her, the press love her, have you heard of her? Well, it is time you did. She writes about Glasgow low-life, gritty and atmospheric. This concerns a kidnapping that backfires, a seemingly baffled family unable to raise the ransom and a murky underworld. Beyond the crime and detection it explores the nuances of relationships between parent and child, siblings, colleagues, captor and captive. It is dark, big in plot and deep in human drama. Comparison: Ian Rankin, Tony Black, Alex Gray.
The story of three different women having their first babies. Anyone approaching, or having been through, young motherhood can empathise here. It’s a charming, emotional tale of the ups and down of relationships and the eventual unconditional love for a child. A lovely, warm read. Comparison: Milly Johnson, Ruth Gilligan, Patricia Scanlan.
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