Category Archives: Book Club

House of Grace by Patricia M Osborne

If you follow my blog, you will know that my preferred genre for novels is crime. However, you will also know that I do stray and I had heard such excellent things about this debut novel by Patricia M Osborne, House of Grace. House of Grace is the first novel in a family saga trilogy …

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The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell

The most recent book of the month in my book group was The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell. The author won the Orange Screenwriting Prize in 2000 for her screenplay The Wedding Gift. Recently she took a break from screenwriting when she moved to LA with her two children. The Death of Bees is …

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

I had A Man Called Ove by the Swedish author, Fredrik Backman, in my TBR (to be read) list for too long. However, when it became book of the month for my book group, the book suddenly became top of my list. Ove is a quiet, practical, grumpy man who married a vivacious, outgoing woman …

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Shopping Cart Annie by Cordy Fitzgerald

Shopping Cart Annie was given to me by a dear friend who knows the author personally, so I very much hoped I would enjoy the novel by Cordy Fitzgerald. The book is set partly in Colorado and partly in Afghanistan. It is a complex mystery which crosses continents and decades and deserves concentration and consideration. …

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The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon

The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon is one of those books that had been on my radar for some time, so when it was book of the month at my book group recently, I was delighted. The Rose of Sebastopol is a story set in the mid nineteenth century at the time of the …

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The Suspects by Katharine Johnson

Any regular readers of my blog will know that Katharine Johnson is one of my favourite authors. Her most recent novel, The Suspects, is certainly one of my favourite books of 2019. (The Secret was one of my favourite books of 2018 – Ms Johnson is such a fine writer.) The new book tells the …

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The Secret River by Kate Grenville

Although Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s best-known authors, I had not read any of her books before. She has published eight books of fiction and four books about the writing process. Her best-known works are the international best-seller The Secret River, The Idea of Perfection, The Lieutenant and Lilian’s Story and The Secret River …

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Me before You by Jojo Moyes

I had never read any books by Jojo Moyes, until Me before You became our book of the month for our book group. Me Before You tells the story of a successful young attorney, Will Traynor, who is seriously injured in an accident as a result of which he becomes wheel chair bound and quadriplegic. …

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Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Every now and again I leave the world of modern writers and revert to the classics I feel I should read. So it was with Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery the book that tells the story of two women whose characters are completely different, but whose lives intertwine. The first of the women, Becky …

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Streets of Darkness by A. A. Dhand

I first met Amit Dhand after he had been a speaker at Swanwick Writers’ Summer School last year and I bought his debut novel Streets of Darkness. I almost didn’t go to his talk because I had had a busy day and was quite tired and he was an author I had never heard of. …

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