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July 2011 Book of the Month. A novel within a novel…a masterpiece of brilliance that will dazzle you. Tony and Susan is an eerie, riveting novel of reading and writing, fear and regret, blood and revenge... It is simultaneously a riveting portrayal of the experience of reading and a page-turning thriller, written in startlingly arresting prose. It is also a novel about fear and regret, revenge and aging, marriage and creativity. It is simply unique.
Istanbul 2025, a new member of the EU is the imagined place for this epic, complex and intelligent character driven Sci-Fi novel. Old religions combine with nano technology for the residents of a dilapidated block of flats. It portrays a rich mosaic of Islamic life in the new century and is a telling novel of future possibilities.
If you're a fan of Alexander McCall Smith's No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series or know someone who is then do take a look at this delightful and enchanting children's tale telling how the young Precious Ramotswe became the No. 1 Detective she is today. Well before Precious Ramotswe founded her Number One Ladies' Detective Agency, as an eight-year-old girl she was already solving mysteries. Here we find out just who has been stealing her schoolfriends' snacks and how the young Precious became the crafty and intuitive private investigator we all know and love as she solves her first case! Kids aged 8 to 108 will love it!
One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. One of those American Deep South crime novels that wreaks of menace with strong issues and lots of atmosphere, bigotry and sense of place. It alternates between past and present, black and white, very cleverly done. Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger 2011. CWA Judges’ comments: 'Larry and Silas, white and black, boyhood friends in rural Mississippi thirty years ago, are separated by an apparent crime that changes their lives. A poignant suspense novel drenched in the languid atmosphere of small-town Mississippi where police investigate the murder of a local teenage girl. The novel explores fractured friendships and families as the legacy of racism, poverty, loneliness and misplaced suspicion from decades back.'
The Circus has already suffered a bad defeat, and the result was two bullets in a man's back. But a bigger threat still exists. And the legendary George Smiley is recruited to root out a high-level mole of thirty years' standing - though to find him means spying on the spies. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is brilliant and ceaselessly compelling, pitting Smiley against his Cold War rival, Karla, in one of the greatest struggles in all fiction.
October 2014 Guest Editor Cecelia Ahern on The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake... I love how Aimee Bender views the world. She has a quirky take on every day life and I find that inspiring. This is about a character who discovers that she has the magical gift of being able to taste peoples’ emotions in the food that they prepare. When she is nine years old she bites into a lemon cake and tastes her mother’s emotions. This is not a gift as her happy mother, tastes of desperation and sadness. The character learns that it can be heartbreaking to know the hidden thoughts and secrets of the people you love and she must learn how to detach herself from the problems of strangers. The Lovereading view... One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. Young Rose, aged 9 when the story opens, finds that she can tell the mood of the person who cooked the food she is eating. It turns out that the rest of her family have some pretty weird traits too but it all seems quite natural – rather as The Time Traveler’s Wife settings seemed natural at the time of reading. So this is not for the literal minded, it’s magical realism beautifully written, a bit sad and very special. A Richard and Judy Autumn Read 2011.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 25 November 2010. October 2010 Book of the Month. This will sweep you up in its grasp in the same way The Horse Whisperer did from its intriguing start and through the past and present stories as the life of Tom Bedford intriguingly unfolds. A gripping read and no doubt perfect for a Hollywood film script but it’s always good to have read the book beforehand so be one of the first! October 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. The Good Housekeeping view... His first novel, The Horse Whisperer, sold 15 million copies, now Nicholas Evans returns with The Brave, the tale of a boy obsessed with cowboys and Indians, who is thrilled when his sister falls in love with a real-life cowboy. But events soon take a sinister turn.
One of our Debuts of the Year 2011. Shortlisted for the Galaxy International Author of the Year Award 2011. Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011. June 2011 eBook of the Month. From fragments of stories her grandfather told her as a child, Natalia realises he may have died searching for 'the deathless man', a vagabond who was said to be immortal. Struggling to understand why a man of science would undertake such a quest, she stumbles upon a clue that will lead her to a tattered copy of The Jungle Book, and then to the extraordinary story of the tiger's wife. Bettany Hughes, Chair of Judges, said: “'The Tiger's Wife is an exceptional book and Téa Obreht is a truly exciting new talent. Obreht's powers of observation and her understanding of the world are remarkable. By skilfully spinning a series of magical tales she has managed to bring the tragedy of chronic Balkan conflict thumping into our front rooms with a bittersweet vivacity.” She continues, “The book reminds us how easily we can slip into barbarity, but also of the breadth and depth of human love. Obreht celebrates storytelling and she helps us to remember that it is the stories that we tell about ourselves, and about others, that can make us who we are and the world what it is.”
This will sweep you up in its grasp in the same way The Horse Whisperer did from its intriguing start and through the past and present stories as the life of Tom Bedford intriguingly unfolds. A gripping read and no doubt perfect for a Hollywood film script but it’s always good to have read the book beforehand so be one of the first!
A darkly erotic story. Two young lovers fly off to a Greek idyll for a seemingly perfect holiday but unresolved traumas from their childhoods surface to turn paradise into more of a nightmare. With rich language and vivid local colour Rowan Somerville’s second novel is a real, if a little illicit, treat.
Shortlisted for the RNA Epic Romantic Novel Award 2012. Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 26 Jun 2011. A brooding contemporary gothic love story, beautifully told with rich and sensual imagery. Moving at a cracking pace it cleverly intertwines stories and events, both past and present, into a mystery that must be solved by Eve whose whirlwind romance with the charming Dom is not quite as it seems. Deborah Lawrenson on why she wrote The Lantern…‘When my husband and I bought an atmospheric, crumbling old house in Provence, we camped on stone floors and hoped for the best. I re-read Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, and wondered…what if I had come here knowing less about the man I was with?The Lantern explores the timeless fears of the unknown. The uncertainty when the first stages of an idyllic romance are over and real life begins, in this case Eve and Dom settling down to a life together in their new home. It’s also a novel of the senses. As well as vivid visual descriptions of the landscape, I’ve tried to evoke smells, tastes and sounds until there is an inescapable feeling, through the characters of Eve and Benedicte, that there is also a sixth sense in play: an instinctive feeling of foreboding that cannot be explained rationally. Several events in the novel are true. A ceiling did collapse. The mysterious perfume is real in that I smell it but never find a source. The light that flickers disconcertingly, the discovery of rooms we didn’t know were there, the making of the walnut wine, the man who composes music: none of these are invented either.‘Les Genevriers’ (not the property’s real name) is described as we found it, abandoned yet magical. The Luberon area is renowned for its hilltop villages, lavender, abundant fruit and clear bright light. The idea of a blind perfumer came from the realisation that there were strips of Braille on the packaging used by beauty product brand L’Occitane en Provence, which is based at Manosque close to the lavender fields.
This is a sparkling, and stinging, contemporary adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. Two sisters, Miranda, an impulsive but successful literary agent, and Annie, a pragmatic library director, quite unexpectedly find themselves in middle age leaving New York for Connecticut to be the dutiful daughters to their recently divorced elderly mother. As the sisters mingle with the suburban aristocracy, love starts to blossom for both of them, and they find themselves struggling with the dueling demands of reason and romance.
Insightful, International, Thought-provoking
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