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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 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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Vagabond by Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell, OBE was born in London, England on 23 February 1944. His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother was English, a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, WAAF. He was adopted at six weeks old and brought up in Thundersley, Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People. That is a strict sect who …

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Perfectly Correct by Philipa Gregory

I most associate Phillipa Gregory with historical novels so  this book really surprised me.  It is nothing like the very popular historic books by this author.  I borrowed Perfectly Correct from the library and started reading it thinking that it was another rather indulgent story about university lecturers and their lives, dropping in rather pretentious ‘in jokes’. …

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Life Class by Pat Barker

Life Class by Pat Barker is a novel that sat on my book shelf for several years.  My Aunt and Uncle gave it to me one Christmas, but I only got around to reading it recently.  When I started it I was not sure that it was a book I would enjoy.  It is a …

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