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This is it. The place for the greatest writing: stories that transcend all other ‘genres’. Literary fiction goes above and beyond any specific genre in order to deliver stories that strike at the heart of what it means to be human.
One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. To say too much about this brilliant, clever, psychological thriller would be to risk giving some of its secrets away. Emily is leaving her husband and family to start a new life. As the story progresses Seskis steadily teases out the details of Emily’s life through short sharp narratives from her, her husband and her twin sister building to the shocking and impossible to guess twist. Riveting, taut and hugely enjoyable. ~ Sarah Broadhurst May 2014 MEGA Debut of the Month. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
Their average age was twenty-five. They came from Berkeley, Cambridge, Paris, London and Chicago - and arrived in New Mexico ready for adventure or at least resigned to it. But hope quickly turned to hardship in the desolate military town where everything was a secret, including what their husbands were doing at the lab. They lived in barely finished houses with a P.O. Box for an address, in a town wreathed with barbed wire, all for the benefit of 'the project' that didn't exist as far as the greater world was concerned. They were constrained by the words they couldn't say out loud, the letters they couldn't send home, the freedom they didn't have. Though they were strangers, they joined together - babies were born, friendships were forged, children grew up. But then 'the project' was unleashed and even bigger challenges faced the women of Los Alamos, as they struggled with the burden of their contribution towards the creation of the most destructive force in mankind's history - the atomic bomb.
We join the action just as our 'hero' Tom, (early thirties, reads the 'news' on the radio) finds out that his girlfriend has not left him. Tom, I have not left you. But I am gone. Please carry on as normal. Love always, Hayley. Has Hayley gone or hasn't she? Is she coming back? If she has gone, but is coming back, when is she coming back? And what is he supposed to bloody do in the meantime? And what if she's never coming back? Trying to work out what's happening to his confusing life, Tom tries to track Hayley down. In doing so, he stumbles across a strange and eccentric group of people with an irregular and highly-addictive hobby. Next, he's being followed, but he's not sure by whom. And then he also almost loses his job at the radio station in the now infamous 'Jam Nazi' episode, which of course, you know about. Above all, Tom is trying to work out who everyone is. Because who is Hayley? Who is this new girl following him around the supermarket? And who, for that matter, is Tom Ditto?
Abbey Andersen's life in San Francisco is in serious danger of hitting a rut. She's pretty sure it doesn't get worse than being dumped by post-it note, and her current job is hardly the best outlet for her creative talents. Meanwhile in Ireland Fred Fitzpatrick is finding it impossible to keep his grown-up children and their families on side, and they're a demanding lot at the best of times. But when Fred asks solicitor Ryan Gilligan to contact Abbey about a long-buried family secret, things start to change dramatically. And not everyone affected is happy about it...
May 2014 Book of the Month. A richly dark and bawdy historical thriller, whether you love this book will be complicated ultimately by how you feel about Richard and his godfather James. Shadowy, unpleasant and as manipulated as they are manipulative, if you find them rakishly intoxicating then you’ll love this lusty romp but some readers may find that there just isn’t enough that’s sympathetic in their epistolary tale.
Nathaniel Piven is a rising star in Brooklyn's literary scene. After several lean, striving years and an early life as a class-A nerd, he now (to his surprise) has a lucrative book deal, his pick of plum magazine assignments, and the attentions of many desirable women: Juliet, the hotshot business journalist; Elisa, Nate's gorgeous ex-girlfriend, now friend; Hannah, lively and fun and 'almost universally regarded as nice and smart, or smart and nice'. In this twenty-first-century literary enclave, wit and conversation are not at all dead. But is romance? In The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. Adelle Waldman plunges into the psyche of a sensitive, flawed, modern man - to reveal the view of the new world from his garret window, and the view of women from his overactive mind.
May 2014 Debut of the Month. This is a tough little book. What starts out as a nice story about a sweet woman trying to please her husband and suffering a little from empty nest syndrome in an isolated area in Sweden, turns into a menacing tale of desperation and, in my mind, horror. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a horror story, it is just what the poor girl has gone through that really distressed me. It is creepy and very good indeed. For years her life has been ‘normal’ but now she decides to stop taking the medication. Her memories start flashing before her, and things become very dark. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013 Home is a foreign country: they do things differently there. In a tiny flat in West London, sixteen-year-old Marina lives with her emotionally delicate mother, Laura, and three ancient Hungarian relatives. Imprisoned by her family's crushing expectations and their fierce unEnglish pride, by their strange traditions and stranger foods, she knows she must escape. But the place she runs to makes her feel even more of an outsider. At Combe Abbey, a traditional English public school for which her family have sacrificed everything, she realises she has made a terrible mistake. She is the awkward half-foreign girl who doesn't know how to fit in, flirt or even be. And as a semi-Hungarian Londoner, who is she? In the meantime, her mother Laura, an alien in this strange universe, has her own painful secrets to deal with, especially the return of the last man she'd expect back in her life. She isn't noticing that, at Combe Abbey, things are starting to go terribly wrong.
July 2013 Book of the Month. Citadel, again set in South West France this time during WW2, is the thrilling conclusion to the Languedoc trilogy that began with Labyrinth and continued with Sepulchre. Kate Mosse writes such believable and compelling historical adventures that you can’t help but feel transported in time. Full of legends, incredible history and more hidden secrets of Carcassonne that ensure fans of the series will not be disappointed. Click here to see what our Reader Review Panel thought of Labyrinth. Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 'Popular Fiction of the Year' 2012. The Languedoc series. 1. Labyrinth 2. Sepulchre 3. Citadel
May 2014 Book of the Month. A novel of family, identity and aging. Jack and Meredith are non-identical twins of a single mum now rapidly falling into dementia. Their father died before they were born. Both siblings are at a disastrous stage in their lives, Meredith is in the throes of divorce, Jack with a career falling apart. In the midst of all this chaos they discover their father is not dead. How they cope with this and the trauma within their own lives is sensitively portrayed in a poignant, bitter-sweet read.
A time-travel serial killer tale set in Cambridge. Complex, fascinating and highly inventive, it is narrated by three very different voices one being the murdered which is shown in italics and written in a 17th century flowery style. The other two are a young philosophy lecturer so lots of pensive detail, and the female investigating police officer. It is a tad far-fetched but who cares for it is so thrilling and compulsive that you are swept along in wonder. Macabre, gruesome and chilling, it is highly recommended.
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