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A Ladder to the Sky – John Boyne

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August 13, 2018

Machiavellian

John Boyne has this exceptional ability to place words on a page with such soul and meaning, that immediately you are totally immersed in a delicately unwinding story. Nothing is forced, everything flows naturally. The characters are developed with marvellous believability whilst illustrating intriguing relationships and entertaining dialogue. The…


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Literary Fiction

The Possible World – Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

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August 5, 2018

Tribulation

The Possible World is a beautiful, fascinating book to treasure 3 characters and their very poignant stories. The novel is narrated chapter by chapter from the perspective of Ben/Leo, Clare and Lucy. If you were to imagine 3 situations and characters that could provide you with such depth and emotional…


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Literary Fiction Mystery

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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July 27, 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.”

That wonderful opening line sets the scene for an…


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Literary Fiction Mystery

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

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July 27, 2018

The Lovely Bones was a beautiful book that exposed deep feelings due to its very sad backdrop. The story relates to the child murder of Susie Salmon, and how from beyond the grave she watches how her family and friends come to terms with her death, and also how the…

Literary Fiction

The Tyre – C.J. Dubois, E.C. Huntley

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July 24, 2018

Karma
The Tyre is one of those extremely evocative stories that deal with the multiple and diverse elements at play in the rigid caste system in India. It is also a story of a family’s good luck and misfortune, how hopes are created and dashed, how survival is a struggle, and…


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Literary Fiction Mystery

The Savage Garden – Mark Mills

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July 23, 2018

Prevarication
What was so appealing to me about “The Savage Garden” was first, a very engrossing and intriguing story, and second, to add extra spice, the very clever links with neoclassical literature, especially Dante’s epic poem Divine Comedy, and the soul’s journey towards God from Inferno (Hell), through Purgatorio and…


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Literary Fiction

From a Low and Quiet Sea – Donal Ryan

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July 23, 2018

Diversity
There are so many personality facets on display that are wonderfully captured and animated in Donal Ryan’s writing style. It deserves to be applauded. The mixed emotions of empathy, distaste and concern for the different characters, gives you a full-on emotional experience. There are three very different characters (Farouk,…


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See Her Run – Peggy Townsend

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July 23, 2018

Persistence
Hayley is an endurance runner, but now she is running for her life, running through a desert, suffering from exhaustion, heat exposure and dehydration. When death comes it is ruled suicide, yet Michael Collins from Novo, an independent newsroom, doesn’t believe it is. Reaching out to Aloa, a one-time…

Peter Donnelly
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