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12 Years A Slave

Read this for reading group. Now I realise that this is an important story. Not a novel but one man’s account of slavery, so that the world could know what happened to him. Undoubtedly many others were in worse situations. … Continue reading

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Alarm Girl

Read this for Reading Group. I chaired the meeting so ended up reading it quite in-depth; after I’d finished it I went back to the beginning and re-read a lot of it. Indigo seems very childish for an 11 year … Continue reading

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The Stranger’s Child

Read this for book group. I enjoyed Part 1, delighting in the language and sharp observations of his characters’ encounters with each other, but the book quickly became tedious and I was frustrated with so many new characters being introduced. … Continue reading

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The Long Firm

Read this for the September reading group meeting but I was in Dorset on holiday at the time of the meeting. I really enjoyed the book and found it compelling from the start. I love gangster stories anyway but this … Continue reading

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The Life Changing Magic of Tidying

MK’s habit of anthropomorphizing objects is a little weird but I can see how the method given in this book will work. It’s a simple and inspiring read. Makes you want to start tidying straightaway!

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Be Awesome

I had a great time with this book; it resonated with me and I found it laugh out loud funny. It’s quite similar to How To Be A Woman in that it’s a cheerleader for women everywhere.

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The Rosie Project

I read this for reading group. I enjoyed the writing style and the story felt original. I’ve not read any other book in which the protagonist is on the autistic spectrum apart from The Curious Incident of the Dog in … Continue reading

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The Shock of the Fall

An excellent portrayal of schizophrenia. Agree with Jo Brand that it’s touching and sad but I felt it fizzled out a bit at the end. Similar to Elizabeth is Missing in that respect; extremely detailed and convincing portrayal of an … Continue reading

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The Shadow Year

This was a reading group choice. It’s a page-turner and very absorbing. There’s an interesting idea of a group of recent graduate friends decide to live self-sufficient lives in a deserted cottage in the Peak District. But the characters aren’t … Continue reading

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Us

I really liked this book. I read most of it but I listened to some parts while working. It’s got all the romance of One Day but this book is about a family rather than a couple, so there are … Continue reading

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