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Paperback:The war of the worlds:2012
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
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Surrey Live
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Paperback:Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine:2018
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
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Paperback:Elizabeth is missing:2015
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
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Hardback:The reader on the 6.27:2015
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
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Paperback:The keeper of lost things:2017
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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Very good read
04/08/19
heleno
Surrey Live
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1473660548
Paperback:Elmet:2017
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:A spool of blue thread:2015
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
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Paperback:Still Alice:2015
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
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Paperback:To kill a mockingbird:2010:50th anniversary ed
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
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Surrey Live
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Hardback:Life after life:2013
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
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Paperback:The children act:[2015]
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
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Paperback:A man called Ove:2015
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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A very good read, thoroughly enjoyed it. Funny and moving, best read in a long while.
12/12/18
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Surrey Live
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Hardback:Second life:2015
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
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Surrey Live
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Paperback:The Essex Serpent:2017
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
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Paperback:The miniaturist:2015
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
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Paperback:The dry:2017
Author: Harper, Jane
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: Thriller novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Abacus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Radio tie-in Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn't rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty. Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him 20 years earlier. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke's death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, secrets from his past and why he left home bubble to the surface as he questions the truth of his friend's crime. General adult
401 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Her first debut novel and what excellent writing.
08/04/18
dolucy
Bedford
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Paperback:Saving Grace:2015
Author: Green, Jane
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Grace Chapman has the perfect life, living comfortably with her husband, bestselling author Ted, in a picture-perfect farmhouse on the Hudson River in New York State. Then Ted advertises for a new assistant, and Beth walks into their lives. Organised, passionate and eager to learn, Beth quickly makes herself indispensable to Ted and his family. But Grace soon begins to feel sidelined in her home - and her marriage - by this ambitious younger woman. Is Grace just paranoid, as her husband tells her, or is there more to Beth than first thought? General adult
388 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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A very easy read. You knew early on what is going to happen. A little like watching a car crash in slow motion. We would recommend it. Good holiday reading
03/06/15
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Paperback:After the fall:2013
Author: Norman, Charity
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles In the quiet of a New Zealand Winter's night, a rescue helicopter is sent to airlift a five-year-old boy with severe internal injuries. At first his injuries look like a horrible accident. Only his mother knows the truth. And she isn't telling. Not yet. Maybe not ever. General adult
372 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Very thought provoking. Characters real. Excellent description of New Zealand. A good book for discussion with a teenager. 9/10
16/07/15
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Hardback:My life in houses:2014
Author: Forster, Margaret
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'I was born on May 25, 1938, in the front bedroom of a house in Orton Road, on the outer edges of Raffles, a council estate. I was a lucky girl.' So begins Margaret Forster's journey through the houses she's lived in, from that sparkling new council house, built as part of a utopian vision by Carlisle City Council, to her beloved London house of today, via Oxford, Hampstead, the Lake District and a spell in the Mediterranean. General adult
264 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 21 cm (hbk)
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My Life in Houses is a memoir in which its upwardly mobile author travels from a Carlisle council estate to a villa on the “wrong side” of Hampstead Heath with stops in Oxford, Portugal and the Lake District in between. In each place, she tries to explore the emotions a house can stir up: the ways in which it may be dearly loved or despised. In addition to descriptions of the houses, and an outline of events that happened there, she reveals the difficulty and despair of her breast cancer. The overall opinion of our book group members was that the book was boring and rather dull, the readers were not drawn into the narrative or eager to read further chapters. However the book prompted lively discussion about our own feelings towards our houses revealing very different attitudes. Coleman Readers Book Group
11/02/16
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Wiltshire
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Paperback:A life discarded, 148 diaries found in a skip:2017
Author: Masters, Alexander
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: 4th Estate
Resource type: Physical
Note: In 2001, 148 tattered and mould-covered notebooks were discovered lying among broken bricks in a skip on a building site in Cambridge. Tens of thousands of pages were filled to the edges with urgent handwriting. They were a small part of an intimate, anonymous diary, starting in 1952 and ending half a century later, a few weeks before the books were thrown out. Over five years, the award-winning biographer Alexander Masters uncovers the identity and real history of their author, with an astounding final revelation. General adult
258 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:My dear, I wanted to tell you:2012
Author: Young, Louisa
Year: 2012
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harper
Resource type: Physical
Note: While Riley Purefoy and Peter Locke fight for their country, their survival and their sanity in the trenches of Flanders, Nadine Waveney, Julia Locke and Rose Locke do what they can at home. General adult
405 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Graphic, moving, true, though provoking, beautiful. Title a bit off-putting (sounds like mills & Boon but certainly isn’t) 8/10.
02/06/15
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Surrey Live
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Paperback:Framley Parsonage:2012:[New] ed
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
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0140296905
Paperback:Jane Austen, a life:2000:Rev. and updated ed
Author: Tomalin, Claire
Year: 2000
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Rev. and updated ed
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: The six great novels of Jane Austen picture a world of civility and reassuring stability. But, as Tomalin demonstrates in this fascinating biography, this was not quite the world Austen herself lived in. General adult
xiii, 361 p., [16] p. of plates, ill. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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All the members found the book interesting. Subjects discussed were: The plight of women in the late 18th Century. How Jane Austen used the people she came across in her books. Whether marriage for a woman was a good things was it just financial security & children, not often love. Rated out of 10: 8 Bookham Library Reading Group
18/08/15
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Surrey Live
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Paperback:The girl under the olive tree:2013
Author: Fleming, Leah
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: May 1941 and the island of Crete is invaded by paratroopers from the air. 60 years later, Lois West and her young son, Alex, invite feisty Great Aunt Pen to a special 85th birthday celebration on Crete, knowing she hasn't been back since the war. When word spreads of her visit, and old friends come to greet her, Lois and Alex are caught up in her pilgrimage and the journey which leads her to a reunion with the friend she thought she had lost - and the truth behind a secret buried in the past. General adult
443 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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We all enjoyed this book. The author mixed the story very well with the history of Crete, during the Second World War. It was a very good holiday read & a real page turner. 8/10
05/11/15
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Surrey Live
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Paperback:The lighthouse:2012
Author: Moore, Alison
Year: 2012
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Salt
Resource type: Physical
Note: The Lighthouse begins on a North Sea ferry, on whose blustery outer deck stands Futh, a middle aged, recently separated man heading to Germany for a restorative walking holiday. As he travels, he contemplates his childhood; a complicated friendship with the son of a lonely neighbour; his parents' broken marriage and his own. But the story he keeps coming back to, the person and event affecting all others, is his mother and her abandonment of him as a boy, which left him with a void to fill, a substitute to find. General adult
183 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Intriguing, slightly opaque book: not always sure of the timescale but held attention. Short, clipped sentences. Interesting, out of the ordinary characters. Unexpected ending. 8/10
09/06/15
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Surrey Live
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