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A beautifully written novel with wonderful descriptive prose. The real bonus is that MIRA now include a Read All About It section at the back with questions for book groups notes on what inspired the novel and much, much more. A lovely book to get lost in.
A reconstruction of the final days of Hitler’s life in the bunker and of his relationship with Eva Braun, seen through the eyes of two fictional characters, her secretary and a bunker guard, who meet sixty years later and piece the whole thing together through reminiscing on their experiences. We get the historical fact mixed with their story in one of the most impressive novels I have read in a long time. Just take a glance at the reviews and then get as hooked as I was. The wonderful spare writing adds to the horror of the tale.Comparison: Bernhard Schlink, Rachel Seiffert, Francis Cottam.
The consequences of discovering he can predict other peoples deaths causes Luke Hunter to start re-evaluating his life as well as those around him. A quirky, smart and funny coming-of-age novel. Luke seems like a waster and a loser who has just been drifting along and suddenly this profound thing has happened to him, out of the blue, and dealing with the consequences of the effects on him, and all around makes, for a highly amusing and sometimes slightly dark novel. Totally enjoyable.
Interestingly this man has a huge following in America but somehow we haven’t really caught on to him over here. Maybe we don’t trust men to write in this sensitive, human drama/romantic area. But trust this man, he can make you weep.Comparison: Danielle Steel, Jodi Picoult, Anita Shreve.
January 2015 Guest Editor Harriet Evans on The Blood of Flowers... This is one of those books that should have got a Richard and Judy or something to make sell a million copies but it was a bit too early for that. It’s miles better than the Kite Runner, I think, and it taught me so much. It’s set in 17th-century Iran and is about a young woman who becomes a rugmaker. That description doesn’t do it justice at all! It’s so fascinating, you completely believe you are there in the bazaars and courtyards of Isfahan. Sarah Broadhurst's view... An enthralling read set in 17th century Iran with much factual detail (especially on rug making), adding a fascinating insight into the culture of a very different world. It includes Iranian legends at the close of each chapter, which adds to its charm. Telling of the journey of a young girl, whose life changes dramatically upon the death of her father, through the struggles of life into adulthood, it is certainly an impressive debut.Comparison: Tracy Chevalier, Andrea Levy, Khaled Hosseini.
Escape to the remote island of Pitcairn and let the author weave a story of life there now and life when the first settlers from The Bounty landed there over 200 years ago. Rich in description, you can imagine yourself there and gain a great history lesson on the most famous mutiny ever to take place, with the authors on embellishments perhaps. A perfect summer read to take you away to a tropical island, if only in your imagination
This story is told through various characters on the wedding day of April and Caleb. As we follow the wedding party throughout the day we listen to various stories about marriage and the character’s hopes and fears. An insightful look in to love and marriage with a host of highly enjoyable characters.
A charming and intelligent comedy. We follow the two sides to Arabella’s life, her teaching a creative writing class, which is made up of quite an eclectic bunch and the relationship she has with her dying mother who she visits in a nursing home. Thoroughly enjoyable and touching.
This is a powerful tale of a livery-stable family trying to make ends meet. Steeped in emotional trauma, equestrian detail, family love and commitment, small town prejudice and bags of incident, it’s a big story on a small canvas. One of those deep American, heart-rending tales that just keeps throwing drama at you in an understated quiet way which ends up hitting you in the stomach. I loved it.Comparison: Nicholas Evans, Thomas Eidson, Leif Enger.
A good read. Three generations of mothers have led very different lives. This novel explores the interrelated lives of these three women and their relationships with each other in a perceptive and thoughtful way. Itâ€™s easy to read and you get involved with the three women. As granddaughter Susie discovers more about her mother and grandmother, she learns about herself too.
A beautifully written book about a naïve young girl, Natalie, who believes her family to be the envy of their neighbours. However when a stranger enters the family’s midst his influence on her will shatter the family causing a separation of decades. A great debut very much in the style of Anne Tyler and Anita Shreve.
We made Pam Jenoffâs book Kommandantâs Girl debut of the month last March and it was a great success, with this follow up she does not disappoint. Set again in the perils of the Second World War this is a subject the author has a passion about that shines through in her writing.
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!
Of course, if you are in a book group, choosing what to read next can be a serious matter as not every book has subject matter that can really be dicussed. So to help you Lovereading has decided to lend a hand by, each month, selecting a number of books we feel are perfect and will give your group a rewarding discussion as well as a rewarding read.
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