Monthly Archives: May, 2014

Names My Sisters Call Me by Megan Crane

Megan Crane is an American author who was born in Houston, Texas, USA but was raised in New Jersey.  Her grandfather was Robert F Goheen, who was the 16th president of Princeton University.  For a while he was also US Ambassador for India, while her great, great grandfather, Sir James Caruthers Rhea Ewing was a distinguished Presbyterian missionary in …

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Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

Lucky Jim is a novel by Kingsley Amis, and was published in 1954. It was Amis’ first novel, and won the Somerset Maugham Award for fiction.  His full title was Sir Kingsley William Amis, CBE  and he was a noted English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher who wrote more than twenty novels, three collections of poetry, short stories, …

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Anyone Can Do It: My Story by Duncan Bannatyne

Duncan Walker Bannatyne, OBE, is a Scottish entrepreneur, television presenter, philanthropist and author.  He was born in Clydebank on the West Coast of Scotland on 2 February 1949.  His business interests include hotels, health clubs, spas, media, TV, stage schools, property and transport. His OBE was awarded for his contributions to charity.   Banntyne has …

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Belonging by Ron Butlin

Ron Butlin is an author who was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on  January 1, 1949.  He had various jobs, including a lyricist with a pop band, a barnacle scraper on Thames barges in London, England, a footman attending embassies and country houses, and a male model before he turned his talents to writing.   His most recent …

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The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Markus Frank Zusak is an Australian writer. He is best known for this book, The Book Thief and The Messenger, two novels for young adults which have been international bestsellers.  He was born in Sydney, Australia on 23 June 1975 and has received many accolades for his work including: Book Sense Book of the Year Award …

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Never Go Back by Lee Child

Never Go Back is the most recent novel by Lee Child.  This is the pen name of the British thriller writer Jim Grant. The author read Law at Sheffield University, England  though he had no intention of entering the legal profession.  During his student days he worked backstage in a theatre.  His younger brother, Andrew Grant, also writes …

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School’s Out by Christophe Dufosse

  School’s Out was the book recommended by my book group that meets in the local library.  It is the eerie frist novel written by Christophe du Fosse.  This book has received terrific critical acclaim and Dufosse makes his debt to Stephen King clear in one of the novel’s two epigraphs. However, I do not think …

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Dead Simple by Peter James

Peter James is an international bestselling British writer of crime fiction. He was born in Brighton, England on August 22, 1948.  He attended Charterhouse School and is rightly proud to be the son of Cornelia James, the former glove maker to Queen Elizabeth II. Cornelia was a Jewish refugee from Vienna who came to England …

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The Secret Friend by Chris Mooney

Christopher Cole Mooney (Chris Mooney) is an American journalist, author and academic who focuses on science in politics.  He was born on September 20, 1977 in Mesa, Arizona, USA.  He graduated in English from Yale in 1999 and since 2010 has been a member of the board of the American Geophysical Union.   I cannot remember how …

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The Twilight Time by Karen Campbell

The Twilight Time was book of the month at my book group.  We meet in the local library and our leader is the author, Evelyn Hood whose 40th book was published last week.  She is an remarkable person who is very generous about sharing her time and experience with less experienced writers in her workshops. The …

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