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The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly

I cannot remember the last time I read a book that I could not put down before I read The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly. It is superb. It is so hard to believe that this was a debut novel, but it was. I have read other novels by Erin Kelly, The Ties That Bind …

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Poems by Maya Angelou

It was my friend Maureen who introduced me to Maya Angelou’s poetry when she gave me a copy of her book, Poems, some years ago. I am surprised to see that I have not yet reviewed the book, because it is one of my constant companions.  Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil …

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The Dark Horizon by Simon Hall

Now, I have a difficulty reviewing The Dark Horizon by Simon Hall and it is this: He is the man mentoring the draft of my first novel. I will meet up with him at the Swanwick Writer’s Summer School later this year for his advice. Should my review of Simon’s novel be gentler than usual. Life …

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Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs

I was so excited when I had an opportunity to meet Kathy Reichs when she visited Scotland and took part in the Bloody Scotland Crime Writers’ Festival in 2014. On that occasion she spoke about when she had travelled to Afghanistan with some other authors to spend time with the serving troops. I bought Bones …

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The Leper’s Companions by Julia Blackburn

For me, The Leper’s Companions by Julia Blackburn had two things going for it: It is short and the print is large. I read it because it was book of the month for my book group. Under no other circumstances would this book have entered my consciousness, although it was shortlisted for an Orange Booker Prize. …

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,900 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people. Click here to …

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Never before have I taken any interest in a TV book club and I do not know what attracted me to the one started by ITV’s Loose Women. However, It was the actress Linda Robson, best known for the comedy drama, Birds of a Feather, who recommended We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen …

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