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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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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
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Telford
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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
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Bedford
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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 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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Report of discussion by Milebush Reading Group. Everyone enjoyed the book thoroughly and we gave it an overall rating of 4/5. The interactions between the domestic sphere and wider society in 17th-century Amsterdam at a time of great social and economic change were gripping. The book gave an interesting insight into the hypocrisy of that society contrasting personal passions and luxury with religious strictures of the time. Contradictions in the position of women were also interesting. The writing was pacy and kept the reader's attention, the setting evocative of Dutch interior paintings of the period. Though it was suspenseful and atmospheric in a literally chilling way because of its damp, wintry setting, we were surprised to find that the book is classified as a thriller. The Miniaturist definitely bears re-reading both for unpacking the various layers of detail and also for attempting to resolve a number of tantalising loose ends.
01/06/17
Milebush reading group
Bedford
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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: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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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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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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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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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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Paperback:The garden of evening mists:2013
Author: Eng, Tan Twan
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Canongate
Resource type: Physical
Note: In the lush highlands of Malaya, a woman sets out to build a memorial to her sister, killed at the hands of the Japanese during the brutal Occupation of their country. Yun Ling's quest leads her to 'The Garden of Evening Mists', and to Aritomo, a man of extraordinary skill and reputation, once the gardener of the Emperor of Japan. When she accepts his offer to become his apprentice, she begins a journey into her past, inextricably linked with the secrets of her troubled country's history. General adult
351 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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A profoundly thought provoking read. Evocative descriptions. Interesting insight into history and culture. Elegant prose but a challenging and rewarding read.
27/05/15
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Paperback:The peculiar life of a lonely postman:2014
Author: Thériault, Denis
Translator: Hawke, Liedewy
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hesperus Nova
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the French An original, subtle and touching novel, telling the tragic and often comic routine of one man's life and fate. General adult
119 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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"Quite different to my usual type of book but nevertheless I enjoyed it! It's well written with some beautiful descriptions. The "haikus" seem a little strange at first. The story was a little odd but it grew on me. Try it!" "Excellent translation. Unusual/different/quirky. Delicate precision and selection of words. Conveyed the sense of main character's isolation. A firecracker of a book. 'Haiku' was a brilliant way to tell the story. 'Haiku' review "We all like the book Though all our views were varied Was the end too odd?" Reading Group from Hersham Library
02/06/15
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Paperback:The uncommon reader:2008
Author: Bennett, Alan
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber/Profile
Resource type: Physical
Note: The uncommon reader is none other that HM The Queen who drifts accidentally into reading when her corgis stray into a mobile library parked at Buckingham Palace. General adult
121 p. ; 18 cm (pbk)
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Report by Milebush reading group. It is written in classic Alan Bennett's humorous style and the reader can hear Alan Bennett's familiar voice. Like "his "talking heads" it is well observed with an underlying message of how reading enriches life and a plea to keep libraries open. The Uncommon reader is the Queen who extends the breadth of her reading matter via a mobile library; we see the effect her reading has on her views of modern life and of those who serve her. We all thoroughly enjoyed this book, giving it a rating of 5/5
01/06/17
Milebush reading group
Bedford
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1447258630
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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Paperback:We are all completely beside ourselves:2014
Author: Fowler, Karen Joy
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Resource type: Physical
Note: Rosemary's young, just at college, and she's decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. So we're not going to tell you too much either: you'll have to find out for yourselves. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished from her life. There's something unique about Rosemary's sister, Fern. So now she's telling her story: full of hilarious asides and brilliantly spiky lines, it's a looping narrative that begins towards the end, and then goes back to the beginning. Twice. General adult
323 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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By Anna from Afternoon Browers: A distressing read. Quite well constructed. Generated a huge amount of passionate discussion. In general, we don't want to recommend it but it does raise important moral issues about which many people have become complacent. It left us feeling uncomfortable. Some think that the book has been promoted on the basis of it being on a prize winning short-list - not a prize winner.
02/05/17
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Bedford
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Paperback:Red sky at sunrise:2014:New edition
Author: Lee, Laurie
Author: Lee, Laurie
Author: Lee, Laurie
Author: Lee, Laurie
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Viking
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: London: Viking, 1992 Contents: Cider with Rosie. Originally published: London: Hogarth, 1959 -- As I walked out one midsummer morning. Originally published: London: André Deutsch, 1969 -- A moment of war. Originally published: London: Viking, 1991 This trilogy is a sequence of early recollections, beginning with the dazzling lights and sounds of Laurie Lee's first footings on earth in a steep Cotswold valley some three miles long. General adult
544 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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We highly recommend this trilogy. There are wonderful descriptions in flowing, poetical language. Life in the rural idyll of “Cider with Rosie” contrasts with the vicious futility of civil conflict in “A Moment of War”. The gentle, welcoming Spain of “As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning” changes to a dangerous, confused country in the last book.
05/11/15
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Paperback:The House of Silk:2014
Author: Horowitz, Anthony
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Thriller novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221B Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks. General adult
405 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Enjoyed the book very much, it had lots of interesting discussion: paedophilia, prostitution, the use of drugs. Highly recommended. Rated out of 10: 8.5 Bookham Library Reading Group
18/08/15
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Paperback:Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont:2006
Author: Taylor, Elizabeth
Year: 2006
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: On a rainy Sunday in January, the recently widowed Mrs Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel, where she will spend the rest of her days. She encounters the handsome young writer, Ludo, and learns that even the old can fall in love. General adult
Title series: Virago modern classics
ix, 205 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Elizabeth Taylor has been called the modern Jane Austen. We agreed with this description as we felt her observations and descriptions were concise, accurate and unsentimental. The story of a gentlewoman's latter days in a retirement hotel in London was portrayed, warts and all, revealing both bleakness and humour, and giving us a lot to discuss about the quality of life. We felt it was entirely true to life, even now. Rated out of 10: 8.5 Reading group name: U3A camberley monday book group
26/06/15
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Paperback:The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry:2013
Author: Joyce, Rachel
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes QR code When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else's life. General adult
364 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Very descriptive. Covered a lot of issues. Depressing story at times. Social media taking over at times. Walk represented his pathway to redemption. An individual book. A one off. A moral story.
24/11/18
Clifton Bookworms
Bedford
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070118910X
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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Paperback:The testament of Mary:2013
Author: Tóibín, Colm
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: In a voice that is both tender and filled with rage, 'The Testament of Mary' tells the story of a cataclysmic event which led to an overpowering grief. For Mary, her son has been lost to the world, and now, living in exile and in fear, she tries to piece together the memories of the events that led to her son's brutal death. General adult
104 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Very surprising as everyone was very glad they had read this short book & enjoyed it very much.It could have been controversial. It is written beautifully & everyone commented on this fact, It was a bit of a curve ball when I chose it as it is the story of Virgin Mary retold. We had every opinion from committed Christians to firm atheists represented in the group & no one was offended. It certainly made us think & we had the best & probably longest discussion we have had in over 8 years over this very short book. Rated out of 10: 10 Reading group name: Kenley Valley WI
06/06/16
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