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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
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
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
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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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
0701189517
Hardback:A spool of blue thread:2015 Hardback
Author: Tyler, Anne
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon'. This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that day in July 1959. The whole family on the porch, relaxed, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. And yet this gathering is different. Abby and Red are getting older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them and their beloved family home. From that porch we spool back through three generations of the Whitshanks, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define who and what they are. And while all families like to believe they are special, round that kitchen table over all those years we see played out the hopes and fears, the rivalries and tensions of families everywhere - the essential nature of family life. General adult
357 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
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Milebush book group were pleased to have read this book which is easy to read although it did take a while to get into with four generations of names to sort out. Central to the book is the family home in Baltimore that itself becomes a character in the story. We all recognised aspects of life in a family that Anne Tyler describes so well with close observation, detail, feeling and humour. We enjoyed her turn of phrase, raising relationship issues within a family. We felt it was not as enjoyable as some of her other books and scored it 3/5.
22/05/18
Milebush reading group
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
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
0857520199
Hardback:Second life:2015 Hardback
Author: Watson, S. J.
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Thriller novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Doubleday
Resource type: Physical
Note: She loves her husband. She's obsessed by a stranger. She's a devoted mother. She's prepared to lose everything. She knows what she's doing. She's out of control. She's innocent. She's guilty as sin. She's living two lives. She might lose both. General adult
425 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
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The Camberley Library Morning reading group were eagerly anticipating reading ‘Second Life’ as we had so enjoyed ‘Before I go to Sleep’ by the same author; however, it was a huge disappointment. The group generally felt Second Life was poorly written, the characters were flat and uninteresting and it had a formulaic story line. It was suggested that this book felt as if it had been constructed by ticking off the various boxes needed to create a modern, topical book of the thriller genre. The plot was unsettling and many in the group felt unable to read it at night. Some did not complete the book as neither the story nor the repetitious writing caught their interest. Others enjoyed it as a light mystery, but all agreed that it did not remain with you once you had closed the last page. All who completed the book felt the conclusion most unsatisfactory for a number of reasons. It is not a book we as a group, would recommend and we gave it a score of 4 ½.
09/10/16
camberleylibrarymorningreaders
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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As a group with awarded this book 8. We enjoyed it after passing page 180 or there about's. It is well written and thought out. most of the characters are quite charismatic. the end of the book is a bit of a shock and we all felt unnecessary. Overall a good read but needs concentration.
01/11/18
Worth Book Club
West Sussex
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
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
0349142920
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
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
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
1472154665
Paperback:Where the crawdads sing:2019 Paperback
Author: Owens, Delia
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corsair
Resource type: Physical
Note: How long can you protect your heart? For years, rumours of the 'Marsh Girl' have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens. General adult
370 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Truly extraordinary debut novel. The marshland the story centres on comes alive in your head. The descriptions of fear, loneliness, love, betrayal are so vivid. This book is sad yet heartwarming. It left me wanting to read so much more from this author.
16/05/20
readbyl1ght2
West Sussex
0552779156
Paperback:Letters to my husband:2015 Paperback
Author: Butland, Stephanie
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Elizabeth knows that her husband is kind and good and that he loves her unconditionally. She knows she hasn't been herself lately but that, even so, they are happy. But Elizabeth's world is turned upside down when Mike dies in a tragic drowning accident. Suddenly, everything Elizabeth knows about her husband is thrown into doubt. General adult
397 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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A very interesting format with secret letters as part of the grieving process after her husband dies. The events slowly unfold with his infidelity revealed. Works on lots of levels – relationships and how having and not having children affects marriages. Very thought provoking. Bookham Library Reading Group
18/08/15
Library Reviews
Surrey Live
0141199768
Paperback:Framley Parsonage:2012:[New] ed Paperback
Author: Trollope, Anthony
Year: 2012
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New] ed
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Clergyman Mark Robarts has fallen in with the unreliable Mr Sowerby, and through his dealings with Sowerby finds himself in severe financial difficulties. General adult
Title series: The chronicles of Barsetshire
vii, 665 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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This book from the Chronicles of Barchester series was popular with the whole group. A thoroughly enjoyable read! Limpsfield WI Reading Group
05/11/15
Library Reviews
Surrey Live
1447212568
Paperback:Calling me home:2013 Paperback
Author: Kibler, Julie
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Shalerville, Kentucky, 1939 - a world where black maids and handymen are trusted to raise white children and tend to white houses, but from which they are banished after dark. 16-year-old Isabelle McAllister, born into wealth and rivilege, finds her ordered life turned upside down when she becomes attracted to Robert, the ambitious black son of her family's housekeeper. Before long Isabelle and Robert are crossing extraordinary, dangerous boundaries and falling deeply in love. Many years later, 89-year-old Isabelle will travel from her home in Arlington, Texas, to Ohio for a funeral. With Isabelle is her hairstylist and friend, Dorrie Curtis - a black single mother with her own problems. Along the way, Isabelle will finally reveal to Dorrie the truth of her painful past: a tale of forbidden love, the consequences of which will resound for decades. General adult
325 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Loved it well worth reading
25/06/16
katief54
West Sussex
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