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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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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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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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You know how you imagine that one day you too will write something fabulous and meaningful, if only there wasn't the washing-up to do? No? Ah, just me then...well anyway, read Ruth Hogan and weep, because her books are so good that you know you couldn't get even close. I cried actual real horrible snotty tears at the end of this. It's simply gorgeous, life-affirming, all of that. Get a shift on Ruth, I need more please....
06/04/19
Once-a-Nan
Telford
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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: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
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Bedford
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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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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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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: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: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: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: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: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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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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Paperback:The house of mirth:2012
Author: Wharton, Edith
Year: 2012
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: First published in 1905, 'The House of Mirth' portrays the moral, social and economic constraints on a woman who dared to claim the privileges of marriage without assuming the responsibilities. General adult
Title series: Penguin English Library
320 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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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:Miss Pettigrew lives for a day:2008:[New ed.]
Author: Watson, Winifred
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New ed.]
Publisher: Persephone
Resource type: Physical
Note: Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by an employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of just 24 hours, her life is changed - forever. General adult
Title series: Persephone classics
xii, 233 p., ill. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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A charming tale set in the 1920s of a woman teetering on the edge of a life in the workhouse, unless she can find employment. She goes on a job interview, and is plunged into a completely different world from her own. A world of glamorous women and exotic surroundings, which Miss Pettigrew, a curate's daughter, has only seen at the cinema. Winifred Watson manages to take the reader there too, and the book is an escape into the lives and loves of its characters. The dialogue and the line drawings by Mary Thomson are wonderful. The book was considered racy at the time it was written with its mention of cocaine and nightclubs. It is also a social history in a way, showing how dependent women were on finding the right man. A reworking of the Cinderella story with a happy ending, a fairy-tale maybe, but well worth a read. The group gave it 8/10.
04/04/16
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Surrey Live
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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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Surrey Live
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Paperback:Offshore:2009
Author: Fitzgerald, Penelope
Year: 2009
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Offshore' is set in the 1960s and describes the relationships amongst a group of houseboat dwellers living on the Thames at Battersea Reach. The novel is part of a reissue programme for all of Fitzgerald's titles in Flamingo. General adult
181 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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A Reading Group from Warlingham -- Mostly a very enjoyable read - well-written. Some very amusing bits. The author is very knowledgeable about her subjects (one being the houseboats on the Thames). Most of our group wished the ending had not been so vague. Marks: 8.5/10.
29/04/15
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Surrey Live
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Paperback:And the mountains echoed:2014
Author: Hosseini, Khaled
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: A multi-generational family story revolving around brothers and sisters, 'And the Mountains Echoed' explores the ways in which they love, wound, betray, honour and sacrifice for each other. General adult
466 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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And the Mountains Echoed” is a fascinating insight into life and culture in Kabul and in the West. The main theme is the fractured and complicated relationships between people over a generation. It is beautifully written as you would expect from the author of the Kite Runner This is a bitter-sweet story with many sad outcomes, introduced by a father’s ‘fable’ told to his young children about a man who makes the dreadful choice to give one of his beloved children away in order to offer them a ‘better life’ and the repercussions of this – particularly on the child left behind and the grief of the father that passes on down the line. It is an intricate, clever plot that turns our suppositions of a character’s goodness and personality upside down several times and challenges our judgement of worth and love. Many of the group did not finish it, as it is long, deep and at times confusing. Rated out of 10: 5-8 Reading group name: Time To Read (Oxted)
01/07/15
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Surrey Live
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