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A gripping and thoughtful story about the power of a cult leader on young people. When conventional Amber meets Dowdie she gets drawn into the Community which appears to offer all kinds of interesting alternatives to her own boring, everyday home life. Made to feel special and chosen– an Amethyst Child – Amber quickly falls under the spell of the cult leader and eagerly soaks up the belief system he promotes. But under the loving surface there are some dark secrets, which Amber begins to expose. Her gradual realization of what was happening is deftly unfolded.
Recent winner of the CWA’s Ellis Peters’ Historical Dagger award, a tale of murder in mediaeval Cambridge. A very special book for although I did pick out the killer and his helper about half way through, it didn’t detract from my enjoyment – besides I had to find out if I was right! In Cambridge someone is kidnapping and killing very young children. Help is summoned from Italy to attempt to solve the crimes. The Jewish community is suspected and the investigators include a female doctor who has to be very careful not to be accused of witchcraft. Bringing this dangerous period very much to life, this is a brilliantly researched historical thriller that draws you into its malicious world effortlessly. I am delighted to discover that it is the beginning of a series. Comparison: C J Sansom, Susanna Gregory, Alys Clare. Mistress of the Art of Death series:1. The Mistress of the Art of Death2. The Death Maze3. Relics of the Dead4. The Assassin's Prayer
Winner of the 2008 Costa Children’s Book Award. Costa Book Awards 2008 Judges' comment: "A gripping and masterful tale of the power of cinema, photography and friendship in one boy's life." Warmhearted and full of period detail, Just Henry is a wonderful story of growing up and seizing life’s opportunities. It’s post war Britain and life should be getting better for all – and some things are. But Henry finds an increasing number of unanswered questions about his life and gradually, as he learns the answers, he finds his life is rather different from how it had seemed. As ever, Michelle Magorian gets to the emotional heart of issues. Other titles shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Costa Children's Book Award (formerly the Whitbread Award) are The Carbon Diaries, Ostrich Boys and Broken Soup. The winner of the award will be announced on Tuesday 6th January. The Lovereading comment: From the award winning author of Goodnight Mister Tom comes a brand new page turning tale. The story itself is very exciting, rich with detail and has a very sympathetic main character. Henry is a boy who’s lost his father in the war. He joins a film club of boys with similar family problems and together they make an extraordinary discovery that changes their lives forever. Michelle Magorian has painted a spellbinding and shrewd picture of post-war Britain. Be sure to check out A Spoonful of Jam, A Little Love Song, Cuckoo In The Nest by the same author.
The subtitle “Or 2000 years of upper class idiots in charge” gives you an idea of the slant of this gem of a book. With shades of 1066 And All That matched by O’Farrell’s sharp pen, this is chronologically accurate history given a wonderfully humorous spin. You’ll learn a lot and you’ll laugh a lot. I think it is the ideal Christmas present for anyone with the remotest interest in history, a star choice if ever there were one.
Appeared on “Hay-on-Sky” 26 May. This book captures the awkwardness of youth along with the naivety and the boldness. Boys learning to become men and facing up to the responsibilities that growing older brings. Atmospheric and mesmerising this is a lovely read.
May 2008 Crime/Whodunit Book of the Month. These are really lovely novels with wonderful insight in to China’s history and great characters who are sharp and funny and intuitive. China is a country where the new and old will always intertwine and as Mei Wang investigates the disappearance of a young starlet she finds herself searching from the glamorous high rises of Beijing to the old alleys of the city full of their old superstitions and traditions.
Erica cannot put a foot wrong, her novels get stronger with each. Wringing the emotion through laughter and tears she is the ideal companion to sit down with and enjoy. This concerns a single woman taking on the horrendous responsibility of looking after her deceased sister’s children, coping with her own parents and eventually linking with a man also in pain. It is a wholly satisfying read. Comparison: Maeve Binchy, Sara MacDonald, Susan Sallis.
Jeremy Clarkson knows thereâs more to life than cars. There is, after all, a whole world out there just waiting to be discovered. So, before he gets on to torque steer and active suspension, heâd like to take a little time to consider the bigger picture. Donât worry, weâll get to the car bit in the end, but before we do, we'll learn about: The unfortunate collapse of the British empire... Why Galapagos tortoises are all mental... France reduced to the size of a small coconut... Why Jeremy Paxman and the bass guitarist of AC/DC arenât so very different... The problems of being English... And Godâs most stupid creation... Then there are the cars: Whether itâs the poxiest little runabout or an exotic, firebreathing supercar, no one else writes about cars like Jeremy. Unmoved by official claims and uninterested in press junkets, anything on four wheels is approached without fear or favour. What emerges from the ashes is not always pretty. But it is, invariably, very, very funny.
What do you do when your best friend has gone off with the man you thought you would marry and then years later invites you to their wedding? Funny and witty O’Flanagan has written another page turner about friendship and love and sweet revenge. Comparison: Marian Keyes, Carol Matthews, Jill Mansell
A pacy and frightening story of revenge from beyond the grave. Ozzie-like rock star Jude, buys a ghost over the internet, and a heap of trouble along with it. What starts as a quirky haunting quickly grows into a terrifying chase across America as Jude and his girlfriend run for their lives from the horrible spectre pursuing them. If you like a suspenseful scare to keep you up all night, this is for you. Comparison: Clive Barker, Stephen King, Peter Straub.
This is middle-England, Radio 4 territory with close professional friends since university now in their 60s, so lots of shared history and a good understanding of each other … or so they believe. During the course of the two families holidaying in the Lakes, part of their security shatters. One has a brain tumour, another is charged with sexual harassment and a third has a gender crisis. Behind all this is a wonderfully batty distant cousin going off the rails. All good clean family life drawn together in an excellent read. Comparison: Deborah Moggach, Penelope Lively, Jane Gardam.
Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2007.Costa Book Awards 2007 Judges' comment: "Incredible scholarship, lightly worn. This biography opens up the previously hidden secrets of Stalin's youth. An amazing story, exceptionally well told." The background to what made the man a monster. Born in poverty, a poet, trainee priest, and fanatical revolutionary, thrilling stuff.
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