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Girl Zero by AA Dhand

I first met Amit Dhand last year at Swnawick Writers’ Summer School and was delighted to see him return in August to run a short course there. He also took part in an evening event with fellow crime writers, Simon Hall, Sophie Hannah and poet Alison Chisholm. Last year, I read, and reviewed on this …

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The Secret by Katharine Johnson

Katharine Johnson is one of my favourite authors. I read her book The Silence earlier this year so when I heard she had a new book out, The Secret, I was keen to read it. I did read it – in one sitting! This is such a thrilling book. The Secret is set in the …

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The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train is a best-selling novel by British author Paula Hawkins. The novel debuted at number one on the The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2015 list dated February 1, 2015. It was the first book recommended by a book group promoted by the ITV television programme, Loose Women. Coleen Nolan, the …

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Love a poem by guest author Alison Beaumont

Hi Val, thank you for inviting me as a guest author on you site. I thought this little poem might be suitable for your blog.  We think of love as a feeling that we experience, but I see it as the energy that created and goes on creating this world we live in – when …

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Back From The Brink by Alistair Darling

I first became aware of Alistair Darling in the 1970s when I was reading law at the University of Edinburgh. Little did I know what great heights he would reach. He rose to be Chancellor of the Exchequer during the period the Gordon Brown was Prime Minister of the UK. Darling and Brown were not a match …

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One of Us by Melissa Benn

Melissa Ann Benn is a British journalist and writer. She is the only daughter of the British labour politician,Tony Benn and his wife Caroline. Tony Benn was a much respected conviction politician who lived his life by his beliefs. She has three brothers one of whom, Hilary Benn, followed his father into politics in the …

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The Changeling by Robin Jenkins

John Robin Jenkins OBE (Order of the British Empire) was born on 11 September 1912 in Flemington, near Cambuslang in the West of Scotland.  He died on 24 February 2005.  He and his three siblings were brought up by his mother after his father died when he was only seven years old.  His mother did …

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The Children of Men by P.D. James

The Children Of Men is unlike any other book by P.D.James I have ever read.  It was an excellent choice for my book group. Another of her books, Shroud for a Nightingale is reviewed on this site too, at bookreviewstoday.info/2013/07/04/shroud-for-a-n…e-by-p-d-james. The author, Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park, OBE, FRSA, FRSL is more usually known as …

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Around Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawk

Antony Gordon Hawksworth, better known as Tony Hawks, is a British comedian and author. He was born in Brighton, England on 12 May, 1960. He was educated at Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School and Brighton College.  I met him when he was promoting Round Ireland with a Fridge at a fair in Earl’s Court in London. …

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Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham

The author, Mark Billingham was born and brought up in Birmingham, England.  He worked for a while as an actor, then later as a T V writer and a stand-up comedian.  The book, Sleepyhead was his first novel.  It was published in 2001 and was an instant best seller.   It introduces D I Tom Thorne, …

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