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The Daughter of Lady Macbeth by Ajay Close

This book was by an author new to me and outside my usual genre reading. It explores the relationship between parents and children and the importance of motherhood. Freya and Frankie’s longing for a baby has put their marriage under strain. IVF is their last hope – but how do you bring a child into …

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Ben In The World by Doris Lessing

A few weeks ago, the first book in this series, The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing, was book of the month at our book group. One of our members had read this sequel to Ben’s story and so a few of us decided to read Ben in the World too. It is a very short …

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The Lewis Man by Peter May

The Lewis Man is the second book in Peter May’s acclaimed Lewis Trilogy. I found it for sale in a charity booksale and chose it because I enjoyed the first book in the series, The Blackhouse, so much. The story finds Fin return to Lewis after the death of his son and the collapse of …

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The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore

The ghost story, The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore was book of the month in my book group. We had not read a ghost story for a while so everybody was looking forward to this one. The Greatcoat is set just after World War II, in the summer of 1954, newly wed Isabel Carey arrives in …

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Lies, Mistakes and Misunderstandings by Katharine Johnson

Although this was the first novel written by Katharine Johnson, it is the one I have read most recently. I always enjoy the subtle pschological thrillers created by Johnson. I would put the quality of her writing along side Erin Kelly or Sophie Hannah, although Johnson is less well known. In Lies, Mistakes and Misunderstandings, …

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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 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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When the Clyde Ran Red by Maggie Craig

When the Clyde Ran Red by Maggie Craig was the most recent book set for our local book group. It is a social and political history of the town of Clydebank, the city of Glasgow and their surrounding areas. The author covers a wide expanse of Clydeside’s social history from the end of the nineteenth …

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