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A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

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March 10, 2019

Cantankerous 

Mix grumpy old man, OCD, and a desire to join a dead wife in the afterlife – what you get is “A Man Called Ove”. Ove has a plan to commit suicide after the death of his wife, whom he can’t bear to live without. He plans his actions with…


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The Last Samurai – Helen DeWitt

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February 28, 2019

Infatuation 

The Last Samurai is a book where you’re never quite sure where you’re going next and at what speed, you just realise it’s going to be unconventional. To make sure you remain connected to the short snappy pointed tone of the main characters the writing adopts a similar style. 

Ludo is…


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Horror Literary Fiction

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

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February 27, 2019

Loneliness

It’s over 200 years since Frankenstein was first published in 1818 and it is a remarkable achievement that we’re still reading this book today, in a genre that has mushroomed. Certainly one of the greatest monster stories of all time and credited for creating the mad scientist and the first…


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99 Nights in Logar – Jamil Jan Kochai

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February 16, 2019

Enlightenment99 Nights in Logar is a well-crafted novel where the main plot thread is entwined with multiple tales, incidents, interesting characters, enthralling history and a harsh location. There is a common sense of atmosphere from many books based in Afghanistan and it’s probably due to the wonderful writings that depict…


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Literary Fiction Mystery

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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November 16, 2018

Foreboding

“I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time. It was the early summer of 1945, … ‘Daniel you mustn’t tell anyone what you’re about to see today’ my father warned.”
The wonderful opening line that sets the scene for…


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Literary Fiction Thriller

The Winters – Lisa Gabriele

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November 14, 2018

Sinister

The Winters is an audacious book, in that it grabs very explicitly the iconic story Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier, in both hands and writes a bold new modern-day retelling of Max Winter and his new wife, following the death of his first wife Rebecca (or Rebekah in this…


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Happiness – Aminatta Forna

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November 13, 2018

Adaptability

Aminatta Forna doesn’t just write stories to captivate us for a few hours, she challenges us to think about our homogeneity with the world and how we share this world with other living beings. She invites us to consider our relationships with others, both at a personal and societal…


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Literary Fiction Mystery

The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days – Juliet Conlin

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November 6, 2018

Closure

There is something educational, captivating and very endearing in listening to an elderly person reflect on the events and experiences they witnessed during their life, especially through eventful times. When the writing is as good as Juliet Conlin’s, you get a front-row view into the life of Alfred Warner….


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The End of Loneliness – Benedict Wells

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November 6, 2018

Persistence 

A book of love, loss and loneliness, with its encounters of uplifting emotion, that nourishes the heart.

At 11 years of age, the story’s narrator, Jules, and his older brother and sister, Marty and Liz, lose their parents in a car accident. They are re-homed in a boarding school with…


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Exit West – Mohsin Hamid

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October 27, 2018

Perseverance

Mohsin Hamid has written a poignant, thought-provoking love story amidst the worldwide turmoil of conflict, disharmony and its horrendous consequences of displacement. These two themes are dealt with in a wonderfully balanced and fluid way, which illustrates Hamid’s clever writing skills, and is a clear observational overview of today’s world.

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Peter Donnelly
Ireland

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