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August 2012 Debut of the Month. This wonderful, simple, charming book is impossible to categorise and, we think, impossible not to absolutely love. Albert the platypus escapes from Adelaide Zoo in search of a place where humans never venture and animals still rule. Described as True Grit meets Watership Down please do read the Opening Extract.
From the author of TV Book Club favourite The Legacy, comes an emotionally powerful story exploring the dark heart of love. Just before WW2 Mitzy Hatcher’s lonely Dorset life is transformed by the arrival of a renowned artist for whom she becomes the muse. However, as she grows up innocent love becomes obsessive with consequences that reach forward over 70 years. Webb is simply an excellent storyteller and she is getting better with each book.
July 2012 Book of the Month. From the author of instant bestseller Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, comes a highly readable, witty tale of unwanted inheritance, uptight Britishness and the preservation of a lost way of life. Dragged back from self imposed exile Ed Hartlepool must grasp the nettle of his debt-ridden ancestral home, an octagenarian butler and and more than one unwelcome house guest! Contemporary comedy well worth picking up.
July 2012 Book of the Month. Longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger 2012. Longlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2012. An author who is unafraid to tackle contentious subjects has a 12 year old killer as the dramatic centre of The Child Who. That he did it is not in question, it is why and the repercussions of the shocking act that drive this story on. Perfect for reading groups.
Powerful and absorbing writing, handling a sensitive subject well. The drive to have a baby can be all-consuming, sometimes destructive but can two strangers brought together by the same wish help each other? It’s a great read but have the tissues to hand.
Inspired by a lifelong passion for the work of Jane Austen, P.D. James masterfully recreates the world of Pride and Prejudice , and combines it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly-crafted crime story. Death Comes to Pemberley is a distinguished work of fiction, from one of the best-loved, most- read writers of our time.
Does Cultural Evolution echo Biological Evolution? Jonnie Evans is an enthusiast for this theory and to test his ideas sets out for the American Great Plains to study the evolution of Tepees and much more besides. He is a persuasive and enthusiastic guide and this absorbing book makes us look at human activity with a new eye. Many books on scientific theory can be dull and a struggle to read, fear not – this is a lively – and often very funny narrative, fizzing with ideas – a joy to read. Like for Like Reading Ideas: A History, Peter Watson The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change, Charles Duhigg
July 2012 Debut of the Month. This stunning debut has a fascinating premise that 'The earth is slowing down' and it provides a unique framework for this memorable, haunting and bittersweet coming of age novel. It is seen through the eyes and experiences of Julia, an 11 year old girl whose turbulent life, seems to mirror the changes in the world outside. Reminiscent in part to The Time Traveller’s Wife this science fiction like idea doesn't get in the way, and shouldn't put you off for reading this book is a pretty special experience.
Winner of the 'Best of the Best' children's category at the Independent Bookshop Week Awards 2016. June 2012 Debut of the Month. Frank, powerful, warm and often heart-breaking, Wonder is a book you'll read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page. This is a wonderful debut from a storyteller with a great future if this book is anything to go by and her characters are intensely likeable. Listen to an audio extract by clicking on the orange arrow below. Wonder by R J Palacio by Random House Audiobooks
June 2012 Book of the Month. A deeply touching tale of an unlikely friendship in the face of tragedy. This is a simply stunning debut novel that had publishers fighting over it and deserves to be read. Originally from New York, Carol Rifka Brunt currently lives in Devon with her husband and three children.A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher...Jenny Geras Editorial Director, Fiction, Macmillan. 'I first read Tell the Wolves I’m Home in February, when Carol’s agent sent it to me on submission, and I am not exaggerating when I say I was pretty sure that I wanted to publish it by the time I’d reached the end of the first paragraph. Reading fiction is a very personal experience, and so I naïvely thought and hoped that I would be the only editor in London who this book spoke to in this particular way, who recognised its brilliance, and its author’s huge talent. But of course this was not the case, and we had to bid in a very competitive 5-way auction in order to publish it. Rightly so, and the Pan Macmillan office literally broke out in applause when I announced that we had won that auction.It is a book about all the things that matter: family, friendship, love, life and death. The narrator June has the most wonderful voice, simultaneously innocent and wise, and her story about finding hope and making sense of her life after the loss of a loved one is a story that so many readers will relate to. It is astonishingly accomplished for a first novel, and had I not known it was a debut, I would not have believed it. When you read Tell the Wolves I’m Home, I hope that you will love it too. ___________________________________________________ A few Lovereading members have been lucky enough to get to read this novel ahead of publication. Scroll down to see what they think...
Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013. Winner of The Melissa Nathan Award For Comedy Fiction About Life and Love 2013. June 2012 Debut of the Month. The Curious Incident meets A Visit from the Goon Squad meets The Simpsons - this is a wildly imaginative, laugh-out-loud but also very poignant novel that will generate huge word-of-mouth buzz... A "Piece of Passion" from the Arzu Tahsin, Deputy Publishing Director, Weidenfeld and Nicolson Fiction... 'It’s the sort of novel that you can’t wait to finish and then feel bereft when you have. It is also an extremely satisfying novel to give to friends and family while you can guarantee they’ll love it too. I don’t think I’ve read anything as irresistibly funny or deeply poignant for a very long time. Bernadette is a wonderful character and there is something of her in us all which is why I found her so compelling. She puts her family under a lot of pressure, but there is something about Bernadette that keeps them on her side. She is a delightful conundrum, and her daughter Bee adores her unconditionally. So, when Bernadette disappears and her husband appears to have reached the limits of his compassion, it is left to Bee to try and find her. And then the novel plunges into a journey to the wild seas and devastating chills of Antarctica. But redemption is a very distant location and almost a hard to navigate as Antarctica itself. I can promise that it is almost impossible to put this book down.'
Impossible choices, emotional dilemmas and a page turning thriller. Its all here in Diane Chamberlain’s latest paperback. A young single father is offered the chance to make a lot of money, which will help him support his daughter. But the job involves committing a serious crime…
Perfect Books for Reading Groups
Did you know that the first recorded reading groups were among women working in factories in the nineteenth century? And now, according to research undertaken a few years ago, there are tens of thousands of groups meeting regularly in the UK reading everything from literary classics to technical manuals!
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