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Life in Ceausescu’s Romania in the late 70s seen through the eyes of a young woman suffering her first great love. She comes from an intellectual family continually under the surveillance of the secret police. Her parents fear for the girl’s safety and future and eventually smuggle her out of the country. The fear and suspicion, hunger and hardship of the regime haunt the pages but is her salvation any better? This is a tale of displaced people, of homesickness for a country that won’t accept free thinking, of betrayal, jealousy and deception. Comparison: Irene Nemirovsky (Suite Francaise), Salley Vickers (The Other Side of You), Catherine Law (Season of Leaves).
OK, perhaps you’ve never heard of Byron Rogers, he was/is a journalist, getting on a bit now, old school, an inspired raconteur, incapable of writing a dull word and attracting the eccentric and strange like a magnet. I’m so confident that you’ll love this; I’ve recommended two of his backlist titles below and when you get truly hooked you’ll find more on Abebooks! (Look especially for An Audience with an Elephant: And Other Encounters on the Eccentric Side). Like for Like Reading:The Green Lane to Nowhere by Byron Rogers
Prester John is Buchan's first adventure story and is comparable in style and pace to Rider Haggard and Robert Louis Stevenson. Set in South Africa in 1900 it has a simple but compelling story which will keep you hooked to the pages from start to finish. From the eastern shores of Scotland to Southern Africa the reader is taken into an exciting but entirely credible world of adventure involving fabulous treasure, violence, double-dealing, a native uprising and the protagonist's eventual triumph over the forces of evil. From the Introduction by Trevor Royle in Prester John: Prester John is a wonderfully solid achievement. Not only did it give Buchan the confidence that he was a natural teller of tales but its fast-moving action looks forward to later adventure novels such as The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915), Greenmantle (1916) and Huntingtower (1922). It was the prentice piece on which all his future fiction was constructed.
Her passion is fashion, but she's on a budget! Personal shopper Annie Valentine is about to hit the big time: presenting a glamorous TV makeover series! But too late, Annie discovers this is TV on a shoestring. They're paying her buttons and her budget is zip. Can she make do with Primark when all she wants is Prada? Wonderful feel-good easy reading.
A great tale about friendship and relationships. Three best friends have all enjoyed the hope and joy of each others hen nights but found the intervening years have not been quite as rosy as they all may have hoped. Lovely characters who are all very different and equally fascinating, this is chick-lit at its best. A letter from Lucy Diamond to our readers..... Dear Lovereading members...Take three hen nights (or maybe more)… add a few gallons of cocktails, and some outrageous challenges, then stir wildly for several hours. Next, spice up the mixture with some heartbreak, lying and a generous dollop of backstabbing. Now leave to simmer… I’ve always loved a good girly night out, and I think a hen night is a brilliant excuse to pull out all the stops and really let your hair down! With ‘Hens Reunited’, I wanted to write a novel that not only featured a series of very different hen nights but celebrated the bigger theme of friendship as well – something that is deeply important to me, and most other women too, I imagine. However, just to keep things interesting, I decided to start the novel at a point where friendship between my three main characters has unexpectedly broken down… I hope I’ve created a novel that is the equivalent of a great girls’ night out – lots of fun, a bit of naughtiness, maybe even a few regrets and recriminations, but ultimately something that will leave a smile on my readers’ faces.Best wishes, Lucy Diamond
August 2009 Book of the Month. A Bosnian, living in Chicago with his American wife, stumbles on an old news story about the death of Lazarus, a Jewish immigrant at the beginning of the twentieth century. He becomes intrigued, obtains a literary grant and with a photographer friend goes to Bosnia to trace Lazarus’ roots. Bosnia now, as then, is a dog-eat-dog place, grim and full of bigotry and fear. This is a circular tale with history repeating itself, a bleak, intelligent novel from a dynamic author much praised by the literary world. Comparison: Dina Mengestu (Children of the Revolution), Mohsin Hamid (The Reluctant Fundamentalist), Andrei Makine (Human Love).
A wonderfully dark psychological thriller full of intrigue and menace from the author of Blind Man of Seville. If you like Rankin's Rebus you'll love Wilson's Javier Falcon.
A new psychological thriller featuring Javier Falcon of the Seville Police whom we met in The Blind Man of Seville and The Silent and the Damned. This confirms his brilliance that won him the highest accolade from the Crime Writers Association, the Gold Dagger for A Small Death in Lisbon. I’m highlighting all this so you are aware that here is a master of his genre. This is not a page-turning blockbuster but a highly engrossing, beautifully written, tense tale of detection in an intriguing location. I think the whole series is excellent.Similar this month: Stella Rimington.Comparison: Michael Dibdin, Andrea Camilleri, Barbara Nadel.
This is the first story in a series of three featuring supernatural spirits, with each one set in a different exotic city. Secret Lives has a gripping unputdownable plot, a sophisticated Parisian setting and paranormal romance that will set the readers pulse racing. Following the success of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, this provides the perfect reading material for all those readers desperate for more paranormal romance, particularly as the quality of the writing in this new series is excellent and therefore sets it apart from other wannabe paranormal romance titles.
Described as ‘The Da Vinci Code' rewritten by the Coen Brothers’ how can you avoid this fantasy thriller? We suggest you don’t, but read an extract and see what you think for yourself.
This is a real antidote to those celeb loving, shopping loving novels, for Ember the protagonist in this debut novel, hates everything to do with celebrity, is a bit of a rebel, in fact so rebellious getting kicked out of boarding schools is a regular occurrence and has a celebrity father and step mother whose interest in her is minimal. Sassy and entertaining the novel makes clever use of fresh and quirky graphic illustrations integrated throughout the text. Crucially though the author has understood the teenage psyche in the writing of Ember Fury, so much so that you feel she might even be one.
A story of love, despair and the search for truth. This is a novel that will stay with you long after you have read it. Echlin's story about a woman searching for, and finding lost love, only to lose it again, is moving and thought provoking. This is also a testament to the atrocities that took place in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, atrocities that must not be forgotten and a reason why novels such as this should be read.
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