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Winner of the Spread the Word : Books to Talk About 2008.The obvious connection here is between the boys who murdered Jamie Bulger and it is a fascinating topic to cover. How does a child reconcile himself to things he's done in the past and the opportunity's he is now given in a world he has been kept away from for so long? It is a thought provoking book dealing with the highly emotive topic of children killing children now made in to a Channel 4 film.
October 2007 Book of the Month.Alice Sebold’s second novel is as moving and beautifully written as her first, The Lovely Bones. She takes some very sad and disturbing subject matter and writes about it in a way that completely captivates the reader. This is a story of mental illness and how difficult relationships can be under these circumstances, torn between love and hate, devotion and resentment. An engrossing novel, movingly told.
The fascinating true story of two German scientists – Alexander von Humboldt and Carl Friedrich Grauss - and their quest to discover facts about the world that we take for granted today. The two eccentrics are completely different characters from completely different backgrounds with completely different working styles – but they are brought together by their common yearning for truth and knowledge. Grauss, the great mathematician, born in poverty, is reluctant to get out of bed, let alone leave home (despite the company of his own family who he despises). The aristocratic von Humboldt, the naturalist and explorer, is an emotional loner who travels the world with relentless energy and missionary zeal. Yet this book brings them together forever. If you enjoyed A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, you will enjoy completing your learning curve by reading this book.
October 2007 Debut of the Month.Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel award, this is a delight. Set on Africa’s Gold Coast in the 1940s during the ten years leading up to Independence, it centres on two very different women, one black, one white, and their different views, particularly about what Africa means to each. It’s warm, passionate, eventful stuff, full of the politics of the period, the cruelty of Africa, the ignorance of the colonials and the exhilaration of a fascinating period. A lovely, lovely read.Comparison: Jojo Moyes, Amitav Ghosh, Rani Manicker.
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2006.Costa Book Awards 2006 Judges' comment: "Cloth Girl is remarkably self-assured for a first novel. It brings the gold coast of Africa and the pre-War colonial world to life; it is warm, vibrant and moving."
A comprehensive reading guide packed with 100 recommended titles from classics to current bestsellers … in fact a rival to me! But joking apart, it’s an excellent little book giving you a synopsis, background information, discussion points and reviews to a diverse selection of titles. Something for everyone.
The idyllic family life in Tuscany goes bad when Emilyâ€™s husband deserts her, leaving her with money problems and difficult children. How she infiltrates the village and endears herself to the locals is helped by an archaeological dig that takes place on the perimeter of her land. Ancient ruins are discovered but it is the horrors of World War II that really overshadow the village. Steeped in Italian atmosphere and told in several voices, this is haunting stuff. Highly recommended.Comparison: Victoria Hislop, Kate Long, Elizabeth Buchan.
A dark, disturbing and intelligent thriller with elements of Heathers, Donna Tartt and The Bitch Goddess Notebook.
Shortlisted for the Spread the Word : Books to Talk About 2008.An incredibly moving and uplifting novel. Get the tissues out for this one. You will find yourself wanting to race through it in the hope that somehow that will change the inevitable outcome. Tessa tells her story with a matter-of-fact tone that keeps the book from being over sentimental, there is laughter and there are tears and there is a very positive message. Highly recommended.
A 2012 World Book Night selection. Voted 3rd in the Books of the Decade by Lovereading readers. Shortlisted for the Newcomer of the Year Award at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2008. This is the story of a street of ordinary German people living in the horrors of the Nazi regime. Interestingly it is narrated by Death but the central character is an 11-year old girl who steals a gravedigger’s handbook and gets hooked on reading. It’s grim yet uplifting, immensely sad yet light in style and touch. A very interesting view of World War II and an unforgettable book, it’s aimed at both children and adults and should be read by both. Larry Finlay, Managing Director of the Publisher of The Book Thief said: “It is a great, great book, one that calls out to your head and your heart whatever your age. Its success is due almost entirely to word-of-mouth for unlike many bestsellers it has not been made into a film (yet), nor was it picked by a Book Club such as Richard and Judy.” A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher... ‘The Book Thief is one of those word-of-mouth bestsellers that has made its way into reader’s hearts entirely on its own merits. When this book came to me by way of the Children’s Division, my heart took that legendary leap. I met for the first time the delightful Liesel, Rudy and of course Death, the narrator, all of whom have joined the galaxy of best-loved characters in world literature. Rare is the reader who doesn’t close this book with a tear in their eye.' Jane Lawson, Editorial Director at Transworld
A compelling, heartbreaking and beautifully written novel. Friendships and relationships are taken for granted until an earth shattering event throws everything up in the air and everything the characters thought they knew about each other is thrown in to turmoil. Sensitively written and thoroughly absorbing.
The new novel from one of Britain’s best loved writers. Witty compassionate and casually libidinous The Spa Decameron is a real return to form for Fay Weldon.
Edna O'Brien returns to the world of her debut novel, The Country Girls, in an inspired account of a dying mother and her daughter.
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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