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Paperback:The war of the worlds:2012 Paperback
Author: Wells, H. G.
Year: 2012
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'The War of the Worlds' is Wells' classic science fiction tale of a Martian invasion of Earth. Having already destroyed London, it seems that no-one can stop the intellectually superior Martians from taking over the whole planet. General adult
Title series: Penguin English Library
176 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Ogilvy a Surrey astronomer observes Mars and sees a flash from the planet and believes a shooting star has landed near Horsell. Searching and finding no meteorite but cylinder from which something is trying to escape Ogilvy realises that this is what he saw shooting from Mars. Trying to communicate with the Martians Ogilvy becomes one of the first victims of the Martian invasion. The powerlessness of human weapons, the treatment by one species of another and the role of microscopic allies are modern themes in this Victorian Science Fiction.
27/02/16
apple
Surrey Live
0008172145
Paperback:Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine:2018 Paperback
Author: Honeyman, Gail
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted - while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she's avoided all her life. General adult
385 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Fantastic!
02/09/18
debbos
Surrey Live
0241968186
Paperback:Elizabeth is missing:2015 Paperback
Author: Healey, Emma
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles 'Elizabeth is missing', reads the note in Maud's pocket in her own handwriting. Lately, Maud's been getting forgetful. She keeps buying peach slices when she has a cupboard full, forgets to drink the cups of tea she's made and writes notes to remind herself of things. But Maud is determined to discover what has happened to her friend, Elizabeth, and what it has to do with the unsolved disappearance of her sister Sukey, years back, just after the war. General adult
274 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Recommended. An interesting view of how Alzheimer's affects short term memory and family relationships. Funny and sad at the same time.
02/06/16
JDH
Staffordshire
1447276469
Hardback:The reader on the 6.27:2015 Hardback
Author: Didierlaurent, Jean-Paul
Translator: Schwartz, Ros
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Mantle
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the French Guylain Vignolles lives on the edge of existence. Working at a book pulping factory in a job he hates, he has but one pleasure in life. Sitting on the 6.27 train each day, Guylain recites aloud from pages he has saved from the jaws of his monstrous pulping machine. And it's this release of words into the world that starts our hero on a journey that will finally bring meaning into his life. For one morning, Guylain discovers the diary of a lonely young woman: Julie. A woman who feels as lost in the world as he does. As he reads from these pages to a rapt audience, Guylain finds himself falling hopelessly in love with their enchanting author. General adult
193 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
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A quirky little book but full of great characters with a very hopeful ending.
21/04/18
scottcarol
Telford
1473635489
Paperback:The keeper of lost things:2017 Paperback
Author: Hogan, Ruth
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Two Roads
Resource type: Physical
Note: Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life lovingly collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners. But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters. General adult
307 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Beautifully written with great descriptions. However, very repetitive and didn't really go anywhere.
02/01/20
Clifton Bookworms
Bedford
1509853898
Hardback:Dear Mrs Bird:2018 Hardback
Author: Pearce, A. J.
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: London, 1940. Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance - but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of 'Woman's Friend' magazine. Mrs Bird is very clear: letters containing any form of Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. Emmy finds herself dismissing problems from lovelorn, grief-stricken and morally conflicted readers in favour of those who fear their ankles are unsightly or have trouble untangling lengths of wool. But soon the thought of desperate women going unanswered becomes too much to bear and Emmy decides the only thing for it is to secretly write back. General adult
308 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
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This was a lovely read set during WW2. A mixture of memorable characters and a really good storyline. I love how the author has based it on real life magazine articles from that era. Looking forward to her next book.
01/04/19
travisjoan
Staffordshire
1473660548
Paperback:Elmet:2017 Paperback
Author: Mozley, Fiona
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: JM Originals
Resource type: Physical
Note: Daniel is heading north. He is looking for someone. The simplicity of his early life with Daddy and Cathy has turned sour and fearful. They lived apart in the house that Daddy built for them with his bare hands. They foraged and hunted. When they were younger, Daniel and Cathy had gone to school. But they were not like the other children then, and they were even less like them now. Sometimes Daddy disappeared, and would return with a rage in his eyes. But when he was at home he was at peace. He told them that the little copse in Elmet was theirs alone. But that wasn't true. Local men, greedy and watchful, began to circle like vultures. All the while, the terrible violence in Daddy grew. General adult
311 pages ; 22 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:The Rosie project:2014 Paperback
Author: Simsion, Graeme C.
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Meet Don Tillman. Don is getting married. He just doesn't know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. One thing he already knows, though, is that it's not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not. General adult
329 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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The 3 books in the Rosie series are enlighting, informative and entertaining. Strongly recommend
01/09/20
AMM
Bedford
0571334644
Hardback:Normal people:2018 Hardback
Author: Rooney, Sally
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us - blazingly - about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. General adult
266 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
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A love story, but about so much more. I didn't feel it quite lived up to the hype, but there was enough to it that kept me reading to the end. As previously mentioned by other reviewers, a good book for reading groups.
08/04/20
i love libraries
Surrey Live
1785033484
Hardback:Fingers in the sparkle jar, lessons in life and death:2016 Hardback
Author: Packham, Chris
Year: 2016
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Ebury Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Illustrations on lining papers Radio tie-in An introverted, unusual young boy, isolated by his obsessions and a loner at school, Chris Packham was only at home in the fields and woods around his suburban home. But when he stole a young kestrel from its nest, he was about to embark on a friendship that would teach him what it meant to love, and that would change him forever. In his rich, lyrical and emotionally exposing memoir, Chris brings to life his childhood in the 70s, from his bedroom bursting with fox skulls, birds' eggs and sweaty jam jars, to his feral adventures. But pervading his story is the search for freedom, meaning and acceptance in a world that didn't understand him. General adult
282 pages, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
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I could not get into this book at all. I find the structure of the story line just plain boring. I am sorry Chris because I love hearing your knowledge on the wildlife programmes you are on but I have to pass on this in the praise category.
04/08/16
dolucy
Bedford
0099599635
Paperback:The children act:[2015] Paperback
Author: McEwan, Ian
Year: [2015]
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Fiona Maye is a respected High Court judge, renowned for her exactitude and calm professionalism. But when her husband of 30 years standing shocks her with an unreasonable request, she finds her life in crisis. At precisely the same time, she is ordered to try a new case. It is an urgent matter of life and death, bringing science and religion into direct conflict - and at its centre is a beautiful adolescent boy with the whole of his life ahead of him. Exactly the kind of case where a small error of judgement might have grave and lasting consequences. General adult
215 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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All but one of our group found this an excellent page-turner, and were impressed with the author's attention to detail with regard to the legal niceties that the judge had to consider. The book was focused very much on the main character, and Adam, but the other characters were rather shadowy. We sympathised with the judge's dilemma in being drawn to a young man who could have been her son, but felt she should have curtailed his correspondence at an early stage. The descriptions of London were evocative, and we gave the book on average 9/10.
17/06/18
jtnwr
Bedford
0099549484
Paperback:To kill a mockingbird:2010:50th anniversary ed Paperback
Author: Lee, Harper
Year: 2010
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: 50th anniversary ed
Publisher: Arrow
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird'. This is a lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of the story - a black man charged with raping a white girl in the 30s. General adult
309 p. ; 18 cm (pbk)
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Everyone enjoyed the book. Brilliant - a description of small town life through a child's eyes.
09/06/15
Library Reviews
Surrey Live
0385618670
Hardback:Life after life:2013 Hardback
Author: Atkinson, Kate
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Doubleday
Resource type: Physical
Note: What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to? 'Life After Life' follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, she finds warmth even in life's bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. General adult
477 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
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The book has a very interesting premise, and starts off really well. Personally, I felt it got weaker around halfway through and I was ultimately left unsatisfied at the end. Maybe it is just another case of it being so hyped up before hand that my expectations were higher than my experience. I don't think I'm invested enough to read the companion book, although I liked Teddy as a character.
15/09/20
helenearl
Bedford
1781255458
Paperback:The Essex Serpent:2017 Paperback
Author: Perry, Sarah
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: Historical novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Resource type: Physical
Note: London 1893. When Cora Seaborne's controlling husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness. Retreating to the countryside with her son, she encounters rumours of the 'Essex Serpent', a creature of folklore said to have returned to roam the marshes. Cora is enthralled, believing it may be an undiscovered species. Setting out on its trail, she collides with local minister William Ransome, who thinks the cure for hysteria lies in faith, while Cora is convinced that science offers the answers. Despite disagreeing on everything, he and Cora find themselves drawn together, changing each other's lives in unexpected ways. General adult
416 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Marmite book. About half of us loved it & other half either disliked it or couldn't finish it. Everyone liked descriptions of landscape a lot. Confusing story & almost 2 books in one. We all wanted more of Martha she deserves a book to herself.
17/10/17
Library Reviews
Surrey Live
1444775812
Paperback:A man called Ove:2015 Paperback
Author: Backman, Fredrik
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sceptre
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Swedish There is something about Ove. At first sight, he is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - neighbours who can't reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d'etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents' Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets. But isn't it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so? General adult
304 pages (pbk)
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brilliantly touching book - everyone should read it
04/08/20
Palace Fan
Staffordshire
1447250931
Paperback:The miniaturist:2015 Paperback
Author: Burton, Jessie
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Thriller novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: On an autumn day in 1686, 18-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways. Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. General adult
432 pages, illustration (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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I loved this. I know it's had a certain amount of hype around it, and more particularly probably because it was televised, but I did really enjoy the story. I thought the characters were well drawn and the dynamics between them strong. I found the setting and the religious backdrop interesting as I didn't know much about Amsterdam society at that time. It's very engaging as a novel, I'd recommend it.
16/05/19
chell53
Leicester
0241334144
Hardback:Becoming:2018 Hardback
Author: Obama, Michelle
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Viking
Resource type: Physical
Note: Illustrations on lining papers In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America - the first African-American to serve in that role - she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerising storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world. General adult
xiii, 426 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
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Great read well written insightful
10/07/20
Mare Hutchings
Staffordshire
1838770011
Paperback:The beekeeper of Aleppo:2020 Paperback
Author: Lefteri, Christy
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Manilla Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo - until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain. On the way, Nuri is sustained by the knowledge that waiting for them is Mustafa, his cousin and business partner, who has started an apiary and is teaching fellow refugees in Yorkshire to keep bees. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. General adult
377 pages, maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Little fires everywhere:2018 Paperback
Author: Ng, Celeste
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Abacus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principal is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. General adult
388 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Brilliant
08/08/18
debbos
Surrey Live
1471140822
Paperback:Still Alice:2015 Paperback
Author: Genova, Lisa
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Film tie-in Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. A Harvard professor, she has a successful husband and three grown children. She soon finds herself in the rapidly downward spiral of Alzheimer's Disease. Her short-term memory may be hanging on by a couple of frayed threads, but she is still Alice. General adult
x, 329 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Another great book by Lisa Genova. I love the way she writes readable stories where you can also learn something. This one which deals with a particular brain injury, was riveting and a wake up call to those of us who try to multi task constantly
20/05/17
flitchick
Bedford
140888951X
Paperback:The seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle:2018 Paperback
Author: Turton, Stuart
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: Thriller novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Raven Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot. The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath. General adult
507 pages, illustration (black and white), map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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This was hard going at first and read more like a film script, but I stuck with it because when you and the writer have invested so much time its bad to give up . Did I enjoy it? No ,not really. Some folks might ….but for its genre I found it overlong, unoriginal and tedious. I guess I just didn't care for ANY of the characters either. I'd rather watch a Fellini film.
02/02/19
ShropshireGardner
Shropshire
1408708213
Hardback:The lost man:2019 Hardback
Author: Harper, Jane
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Thriller novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Little, Brown
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes QR code to access audio edition Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle farms under the relenting sun of the remote outback. In an isolated part of Western Australia, they are each other's nearest neighbour, their homes three hours' drive apart. They are at the stockman's grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron, who lies dead at their feet. Something had been on Cam's mind. Did he choose to walk to his death? Because if he didn't, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects. General adult
366 pages, map (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
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Not what I was expecting from the liner notes and certainly didn't guess the outcome. Really well put together story. Makes me want to read her other books.
26/04/20
readbyl1ght2
West Sussex
1784700444
Paperback:The memory police:2020 Paperback
Author: Ogawa, Yõko
Translator: Snyder, Stephen
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: This translation originally published: London: Harvill Secker, 2019 Hat, ribbon, bird, rose. To the people on the island, a disappeared thing no longer has any meaning. It can be burned in the garden, thrown in the river or handed over to the Memory Police. Soon enough, the island forgets it ever existed. When a young novelist discovers that her editor is in danger of being taken away by the Memory Police, she desperately wants to save him. For some reason, he doesn't forget, and it's becoming increasingly difficult for him to hide his memories. Who knows what will vanish next? The Memory Police is a beautiful, haunting and provocative fable about the power of memory and the trauma of loss from one of Japan's greatest writers. For readers of The Handmaid's Tale, Fahrenheit 451 and Nineteen Eighty-Four. General adult
288 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1472223799
Hardback:Hamnet:2020 Hardback
Author: O'Farrell, Maggie
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: Historical novels
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Tinder Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: On a summer's day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home? Their mother, Agnes, is over a mile away, in the garden where she grows medicinal herbs. Their father is working in London. Neither parent knows that one of the children will not survive the week. General adult
372 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
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Up to now I had not ventured into the wonderful world of Maggie O'Farrell....how remiss! This is a beautiful novel, splendidly wrought characters, great tone and pace to the narrative. Imaginatively told; an absolute joy!
18/07/20
Saramago
Devon Libraries
0007480997
Hardback:The mirror & the light:2020 Hardback
Author: Mantel, Hilary
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: Historical novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: 4th Estate
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?' England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith's son from Putney emerges from the spring's bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen, before Jane dies giving birth to the male heir he most craves. Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army. Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry's regime to breaking point, Cromwell's robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin? General adult
xiv, 883 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
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Well this was absolutely worth the wait! Cromwell is perfectly judged and we learn in this novel how he has shaped his own destiny through quick wit, loyalty and low cunning. The book is a triumph of historical and human detail. We know many of the characters from history, but Mantel gives them life. Anyone who enjoyed the previous 2 books in the trilogy will love this.
08/04/20
kimgreenfield
Surrey Live
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