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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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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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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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0701189517
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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0385618670
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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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 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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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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Wiltshire
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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: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 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: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:The universe versus Alex Woods:2013
Author: Extence, Gavin
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is the story of 17-year-old Alex Woods, born to a clairvoyant mother and a phantom father, victim of an improbable childhood accident, who is stopped at Dover customs in possession of 113 grams of marijuana and the ashes of his best friend. General adult
407 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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We really enjoyed this book. Humorous, thought-provoking, well-written. Generated good discussion at our meeting. 9/10
10/06/15
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Paperback:Letters to my husband:2015
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
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Paperback:Two brothers:2013
Author: Elton, Ben
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Berlin, 1920. Two babies are born. Two brothers. United and indivisible, sharing everything. Twins in all but blood. As Germany marches into its Nazi Armageddon, the ties of family, friendship and love are tested to the very limits of endurance. And the brothers are faced with an unimaginable choice. Which one of them will survive? General adult
620 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Everyone in the group really liked the book, it had something for everyone, great story, adventure, romance, history, education. Characters were very well developed enabling the reader to understand their tragic circumstances. Addlestone Thursday Book Group
11/08/15
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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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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 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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0241962978
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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Hardback:An officer and a spy:2013
Author: Harris, Robert
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: Adventure & spy novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hutchinson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Paris, January 1895. Army officer Georges Picquart witnesses a convicted spy, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, being humiliated in front of 20,000 spectators baying 'Death to the Jew!' The officer is promoted and put in command of shadowy intelligence unit, the Statistical Section. The spy is shipped off to a lifetime of solitary confinement on Devil's Island and his case seems closed forever. But gradually Picquart comes to believe there is something rotten at the heart of the Statistical Section. General adult
483 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
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Caterham U3A reading group, marks: 9/10 -- This novel is based on the notorious "Dreyfus Case" when at the end of the 19th century an innocent French staff officer was wrongly convicted of selling military secrets to the Germans, imprisoned under very harsh conditions, and finally exonerated after eleven years. The story is told from the viewpoint of Colonel Picquart: the officer who unearthed the evidence which at last forced the French military establishment to admit its errors. All but one of our members found the book interesting and enjoyable, and admired the author's skill in presenting a complex sequence of events in a comprehensible and very readable way. We agreed that Picquart was portrayed as a man of integrity but not a sympathetic person. Some members had found information about the case from other sources, leading to a discussion about the relationship between fact and fiction. And obvious parallels were drawn between the "cover-up" strategies described in the book and t
19/05/15
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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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