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1471277240
Talking book - CD:How to be both:2014 Talking book - CD
Author: Smith, Ali
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Spoken Word
Media class: Talking book - CD
Publisher: Clipper Audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is a novel all about art's versatility. Borrowing from painting's fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it's a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths, and fictions. There's a renaissance artist of the 1460s. There's the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real - and all life's givens get given a second chance. General adult
9 CDs (600 min.) (CDs)
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1471287939
Large print:How to be both:2015 Large print
Author: Smith, Ali
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Large Print
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Clipper Large Print
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard format edition originally published: London: Hamish Hamilton, 2014 This is a novel all about art's versatility. Borrowing from painting's fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it's a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths, and fictions. There's a renaissance artist of the 1460s. There's the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real - and all life's givens get given a second chance. General adult
352 pages (large print) (pbk)
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024114521X
Hardback:How to be both:2014 Hardback
Author: Smith, Ali
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is a novel all about art's versatility. Borrowing from painting's fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it's a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths, and fictions. There's a renaissance artist of the 1460s. There's the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real - and all life's givens get given a second chance. General adult
371 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
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0141025204
Paperback:How to be both:2015 Paperback
Author: Smith, Ali
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles This is a novel all about art's versatility. Borrowing from painting's fresco technique to make a literary double-take, it's a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths, and fictions. There's a renaissance artist of the 1460s. There's the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real - and all life's givens get given a second chance. General adult
371 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Joyful and artful. Having been told that either half can be read first I ended up reading the whole book twice. The two halves are not predictably interwoven and each perspective is plausible and uplifting. The book addresses parenting, loss, compassion and, indeed, how to be both. Recommended.
03/08/19
afwesty
Oxfordshire
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
000735634X
Paperback:Americanah:2014 Paperback
Author: Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Resource type: Physical
Note: From the award-winning author of 'Half of a Yellow Sun', a powerful story of love, race and identity. As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. General adult
477 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Several members of the group were initially put off by the length of the book and the small print, but all found they were drawn in as they continued to read. It is an age-old story of two lovers who have very different but comparative experiences of living and surviving in another country. It gives a new perspective on racism, particularly in the US. We all enjoyed it, and would rate it 7/8.
17/04/17
jtnwr
Bedford
1471285731
Talking book - CD:Outline:2015 Talking book - CD
Author: Cusk, Rachel
Narrator: Lock, Kate
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Spoken Word
Media class: Talking book - CD
Publisher: Clipper Audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: A woman writer goes to Athens in the height of summer to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain indistinct, she becomes the audience to a chain of narratives, as the people she meets tell her one after another the stories of their lives. Beginning with the neighbouring passenger on the flight out and his tales of fast boats and failed marriages, the storytellers talk of their loves and ambitions and pains, their anxieties, their perceptions and daily lives. General adult
6 CDs (435 min.) (CDs)
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0571233627
Hardback:Outline:2014 Hardback
Author: Cusk, Rachel
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: A woman writer goes to Athens in the height of summer to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain indistinct, she becomes the audience to a chain of narratives, as the people she meets tell her one after another the stories of their lives. Beginning with the neighbouring passenger on the flight out and his tales of fast boats and failed marriages, the storytellers talk of their loves and ambitions and pains, their anxieties, their perceptions and daily lives. General adult
249 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
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This is great. Subtle and with hidden depths. One that stays with you
17/09/18
Checkoff
Bedford
1445043688
Talking book - CD:The paying guests:2014 Talking book - CD
Author: Waters, Sarah
Narrator: Stevenson, Juliet
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Spoken Word
Media class: Talking book - CD
Publisher: ISIS Soundings
Resource type: Physical
Note: There came the splash of water and the rub of heels as Mrs Barber stepped into the tub. After that there was a silence, broken only by the occasional echoey plink of drips from the tap. Frances had been picturing her lodgers in purely mercenary terms - as something like two great waddling shillings. But this, she thought, was what it really meant to have paying guests: this odd, unintimate proximity, this rather peeled-back moment, where the only thing between herself and a naked Mrs Barber was a few feet of kitchen and a thin scullery door. An image sprang into her head: that round flesh, crimsoning in the heat. General adult
20 CDs (CDs)
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0007557728
Hardback:The bees:2014 Hardback
Author: Paull, Laline
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Resource type: Physical
Note: Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey, and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. But Flora is not like other bees. Despite her ugliness she has talents that are not typical of her kin. While mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is removed from sanitation duty and is allowed to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. She also finds her way into the Queen's inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous. But enemies are everywhere, from the fearsome fertility police to the high priestesses who jealously guard the Hive Mind. And when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all her instinct to serve is overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce love that will lead to the unthinkable. General adult
346 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
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Reading Group review. About half the group either couldn't get into the book or didn't like it even though they finished it. The others enjoyed and looked at the Bees in other contexts - were they part of a cult? We were reminded of nuns and convents and the desire to survive. For those who enjoyed it, it was a book they would probably not have read if it had not been a Reading Group choice.
23/11/17
Reading Group Shropshire
Shropshire
0007584474
Talking book - CD:The bees:2014 Talking book - CD
Author: Paull, Laline
Narrator: Cassidy, Orlagh
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Spoken Word
Media class: Talking book - CD
Publisher: Clipper Audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey, and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. But Flora is not like other bees. Despite her ugliness she has talents that are not typical of her kin. While mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is removed from sanitation duty and is allowed to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. She also finds her way into the Queen's inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous. But enemies are everywhere, from the fearsome fertility police to the high priestesses who jealously guard the Hive Mind. And when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all her instinct to serve is overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce love that will lead to the unthinkable. General adult
9 CDs (615 min.) (CDs)
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1785411241
Large print:The bees:2015 Large print
Author: Paull, Laline
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Large Print
Media class: Large print
Publisher: ISIS
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Fourth Estate, 2014 Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey, and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. But Flora is not like other bees. Despite her ugliness she has talents that are not typical of her kin. While mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is removed from sanitation duty and is allowed to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. She also finds her way into the Queen's inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous. But enemies are everywhere, from the fearsome fertility police to the high priestesses who jealously guard the Hive Mind. And when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all her instinct to serve is overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce love that will lead to the unthinkable. General adult
1 volume (large print) ; 24 cm (hbk)
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1784702447
Paperback:Outline:2015 Paperback
Author: Cusk, Rachel
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: A woman writer goes to Athens in the height of summer to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain indistinct, she becomes the audience to a chain of narratives, as the people she meets tell her one after another the stories of their lives. Beginning with the neighbouring passenger on the flight out and his tales of fast boats and failed marriages, the storytellers talk of their loves and ambitions and pains, their anxieties, their perceptions and daily lives. General adult
249 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Promising book blurb but I found it wasn't as engaging and returned before halfway
26/02/18
Read2Relax
Bedford
0349004366
Hardback:The paying guests:2014 Hardback
Author: Waters, Sarah
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: There came the splash of water and the rub of heels as Mrs Barber stepped into the tub. After that there was a silence, broken only by the occasional echoey plink of drips from the tap. Frances had been picturing her lodgers in purely mercenary terms - as something like two great waddling shillings. But this, she thought, was what it really meant to have paying guests: this odd, unintimate proximity, this rather peeled-back moment, where the only thing between herself and a naked Mrs Barber was a few feet of kitchen and a thin scullery door. An image sprang into her head: that round flesh, crimsoning in the heat. General adult
566 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
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Well worth a read.
26/04/16
JDH
Staffordshire
0349004609
Paperback:The paying guests:2015 Paperback
Author: Waters, Sarah
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: There came the splash of water and the rub of heels as Mrs Barber stepped into the tub. After that there was a silence, broken only by the occasional echoey plink of drips from the tap. Frances had been picturing her lodgers in purely mercenary terms - as something like two great waddling shillings. But this, she thought, was what it really meant to have paying guests: this odd, unintimate proximity, this rather peeled-back moment, where the only thing between herself and a naked Mrs Barber was a few feet of kitchen and a thin scullery door. An image sprang into her head: that round flesh, crimsoning in the heat. General adult
599 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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There is no doubt Sarah Waters can weave a good story.
06/12/17
SF Jacques Lane
Bedford
1447233174
Paperback:Burial rites:2014 Paperback
Author: Kent, Hannah
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Historical novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdøttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of her lover. Agnes is sent to wait out her final months on the farm of district office Jøn Jønsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderer in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. Only Tøti, the young assistant priest appointed Agnes's spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes's story begins to emerge and with it the family's terrible realization that all is not as they had assumed. General adult
338 pages, maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Beautifully written,amazing descriptions-we felt we were in Iceland.
29/08/18
joylakin
Bedford
0007557744
Paperback:The bees:2015 Paperback
Author: Paull, Laline
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Resource type: Physical
Note: Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey, and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. But Flora is not like other bees. Despite her ugliness she has talents that are not typical of her kin. While mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is removed from sanitation duty and is allowed to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. She also finds her way into the Queen's inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous. But enemies are everywhere, from the fearsome fertility police to the high priestesses who jealously guard the Hive Mind. And when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all her instinct to serve is overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce love that will lead to the unthinkable. General adult
346 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Of our reading group 1/8 persons really enjoyed this. One with bee knowledge found it pretentious. There was a 'marmite' opinion on imposing human traits to bees. Not an attention grabbing book; although the author must have been fascinated by the life of bees.
27/06/19
LBWI
Shropshire
0099598485
Paperback:A spool of blue thread:2015 Paperback
Author: Tyler, Anne
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
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
465 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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All the members of the group enjoyed this book - a rare occurrence! If you like plot-driven books, this is not the one for you. It's a tale of four generations of a Baltimore family and a house so cherished that it feels like another family member. This is not the Baltimore of "The Wire" but a neighbourhood where one's social origins can be given away by small details like the colour of a porch swing. Much of the book consists of dialogue, which always feels natural. The characters are well drawn, particularly the women, though the point was made that perhaps they were a little cliched: the child who's an outsider, the child who's the successful one, etc. Several themes run through the book: children's fears over ageing parents; parents who don't want to accept that they are ageing; the inability of the young to remember that the old were young and exciting once; homosexuality; social class; secrets that come to light when someone passes on...... A holiday read, not in a pejorative sen
19/04/16
camberleylibrarymorningreaders
Surrey Live
140884723X
Paperback:A god in every stone:2015 Paperback
Author: Shamsie, Kamila
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: July 1914. Young Englishwoman Vivian Rose Spencer is running up a mountainside in an ancient land, surrounded by figs and cypresses. Soon she will discover the Temple of Zeus, the call of adventure, and the ecstasy of love. Thousands of miles away a 20-year old Pathan, Qayyum Gul, is learning about brotherhood and loyalty in the British Indian army. July 1915. Qayyum Gul is returning home after losing an eye at Ypres, his allegiances in tatters. Viv is following the mysterious trail of her beloved. They meet on a train to Peshawar, unaware that a connection is about to be forged between their lives - one that will reveal itself 15 years later, on the Street of Storytellers, when a brutal fight for freedom, an ancient artefact and a mysterious green-eyed woman will bring them together again. General adult
320 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1408847205
Hardback:A god in every stone:2014 Hardback
Author: Shamsie, Kamila
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: July 1914. Young Englishwoman Vivian Rose Spencer is running up a mountainside in an ancient land, surrounded by figs and cypresses. Soon she will discover the Temple of Zeus, the call of adventure, and the ecstasy of love. Thousands of miles away a 20-year old Pathan, Qayyum Gul, is learning about brotherhood and loyalty in the British Indian army. July 1915. Qayyum Gul is returning home after losing an eye at Ypres, his allegiances in tatters. Viv is following the mysterious trail of her beloved. They meet on a train to Peshawar, unaware that a connection is about to be forged between their lives - one that will reveal itself 15 years later, on the Street of Storytellers, when a brutal fight for freedom, an ancient artefact and a mysterious green-eyed woman will bring them together again. General adult
311 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
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