Category Archives: Book Club

Fragrant Harbour by John Lanchester

The most recent book to be read in my book group was Frangrant Harbour by John Lanchester. It was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. John Lanchester is the author of four novels and three books of non-fiction. He was born in Germany and moved to Hong Kong. He studied in UK. He is a …

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All the Nice Girls by Joan Bakewell

This novel was recently book of the month at our local book group. I was interested to read it because, although I know Joan Bakewell as a presenter and author of factual works, I did not know she had written any novels. Although this novel was set in North West England, with a back ground …

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To Dream: Anatomy of a Humachine by Louis K. Lowy

I am not generally a fan of the science fiction gene, so when my friend Louis K. Lowy sent me a copy of his most recent novel, To Dream: Anatomy of a Humachine, in exchange for an honest review, I was concerned in case I did not like the book and lost a friend. My …

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The Riverman by Alex Gray

When you meet Alex Gray, you meet a charming, elegant woman and it is hard to imagine the vicious crimes that emanate from her pen. Of course, she would argue that she is merely relating the actions of her characters. This she does very well. Although I only read Riverman recently, as it was book …

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The Water’s Lovely by Ruth Rendell

The most recent book of the month for my book group was The Water’s Lovely by Ruth Rendell. The author, Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE, who also wrote under the pseudonym, Barbara Vine was an acclaimed English crime writer, known for her many psychological thrillers and murder mysteries and above all for Inspector Wexford. Although …

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No! I Don’t Want to Join a Bookclub by Virginia Ironside

This book was on the list for our book group recently and, with the amusing title, we were looking forward to reading No! I Don’t Want to Join a Bookclub by Virginia Ironside. Many of our members were familiar with the columns she writes in newspapers too.  No! I Don’t Want to Join a Bookclub is …

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Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritson

A friend introduced me to the novels by Tess Gerritson some years ago. Most of them I have enjoyed and several of them are reviewed on the site including The Killing Place https://bookreviewstoday.info/2015/07/01/the-killing-place-by-tess-gerritsen/, and Gravity https://bookreviewstoday.info/2013/12/16/gravity-by-tess-gerritsen/. Of course, Gravity was made into a movie in 2013 starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Tess Gerritsen took an unusual …

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Where Memories Go by Sally Magnusson

Sally Magnusson is a Scottish broadcaster and writer, who has worked as a news journalist and the presenter of Reporting Scotland for BBC Scotland for many years. Her father, Magnus Magnusson a well-known television personality, emigrated to the UK from Iceland as a small boy and her mother, Mamie Baird, was a well-respected Scottish journalist. It is, …

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Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks was recently book of the month in my book group. It is a book often studied for exams. It is an epic love story set against the First World War, a modern classic that was adapted for film in 2012 with which I was already familiar. However, a book group can …

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Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

I had heard that the novel, Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey is a good book for book groups and, as I recently took over leading our local book group, so I decided to find out. The author, Emma Healey grew up in London where she completed her first degree in bookbinding and was the …

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