Monthly Archives: March, 2013

The Healing of Luther Grove by Barry Gornell

I lead a writer’s group In the village, wkwriters and we were thrilled when local author Barry Gornell agreed to come and speak to us about his first novel, The Healing of Luther Grove.  Most of us made a point of reading his book before that meeting. we have certainly all read it since!  It …

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Before I Say Goodbye by Mary Higgins Clark

Mary Higgins Clark was born on December 24, 1927 in the Bronx, New York, USA. She published her first short story in 1956. When she was widowed in 1964 she had five children to care for so she decided to try her hand at writing books. Clark was president of Mystery Writers of America and has …

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon is a British novelist and poet, although his best known novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time was published in 2003 when it won the “Whitbread Book of the Year Award”, I only discovered it last month when my friend Aileen lent it to me. We had been discussing autism and …

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Driftnet by Lin Anderson

Driftnet was Lin Anderson’s first novel.  It is quite short and very easy to read although it encompasses the disturbing subjects of paedophilia and political ambition.  I met Lin Anderson when she gave a reading of another of her works in Stirling, Scotland.  Blood Red Roses is reviewed on this site at: https://bookreviewstoday.info/2013/06/16/blood-red-roses-by-lin-anderson/. She is …

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No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay

This book is a great read.  My older daughter had recommended it to me years ago when we were on holiday, but I never got around to reading it!  It is a thriller and this time I had no excuse as it was the book promoted by the book group that runs from our village library. …

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Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

This novel, Half of a Yellow Sun by the Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche,  is unusual but the reason for the book’s popularity becomes apparent within a few pages of reading: it is extremely good. It is set in Nigeria, Africa during the 1960’s and deals with the troubled period around the time of the …

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