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Foxtrot in Freshby by Awen Thornber

Awen Thornber is a new author to me and I don’t often read romances but, when I was getting ready to go on holiday, I chose Foxtrot in Freshby to take with me. Foxtrot in Freshby tells the story of dance teacher Gina Pendleton. She finds her boyfriend cheating with the person she thought was …

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Death in Dulwich by Alice Castle

I had not read any books by Alice Castle before, but as those who follow my blog will know, the crime and mystery genres are amongst my favourites, when her new novel, Death in Dulwich, was published by Crooked Cat Books and recommended to me, I decided to buy it to take on holiday with …

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey reveiwed by guest author Brenie Gourley

Kenneth Elton “Ken” Kesey was an American novelist, essayist, and countercultural figure. He considered himself a link between the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s. He was born on 17 September 1935 at La Junta, Colorado, USA and died on 10 November 2001 in Eugene, Oregon, USA. His most famous …

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The Blackhouse by Peter May

I first met Peter May some years ago in 2014, the year he won the McIlvanney Prize, for his novel  Entry Island at the Bloody Scotland Crime Writers’ Festival. He is a quiet, courteous man, but one whose work I had never read until The Blackhouse became book of the month for our book group. The …

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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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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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