Peter Donnelly

Literary Fiction

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

August 17, 2019
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Khaled Hosseini

Traces the unlikely friendship of Amir, a wealthy Afghanistani youth, and a servant's son, in a tale that spans the final days of the nation's monarchy through the atrocities of the present day. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.


The Kite Runner is an emotional and immersive story of friendship that is amplified with its spotlight on society and culture within Afganistan – both past and present. The story…


Land of Bones – Glenn Rolfe

August 15, 2019
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Glenn Rolfe
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Demon lights, granted wishes, strange things, and brutal love at the Lucky Lounge Motel. A haunted sister, desperate parents, a little human touch, and the end of the world... These are the stories whispered among dead leaves, the script etched bare for all to see. When the chills sink deep and your heart begins to pound...are you alone? Welcome to Glenn Rolfe's LAND OF BONES 14 tales of the strange and macabre


Land of Bones is a collection of horror stories that stimulate and provoke the imagination to go beyond the scenarios painted. Fourteen short stories combine to create an impressive compendium…

Crime Mystery Thriller

Bones of The Earth – Eliot Pattison

August 12, 2019
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Inspector Shan
Eliot Pattison
Minotaur Books
March 26, 2019

Bones of the Earth is Edgar Award-winning author Eliot Pattison’s much anticipated tenth and final installment in the internationally acclaimed Inspector Shan series. After Shan Tao Yun is forced to witness the execution of a Tibetan for corruption, he can’t shake the suspicion that he has instead witnessed a murder arranged by conspiring officials. When he learns that a Tibetan monk has been accused by the same officials of using Buddhist magic to murder soldiers then is abruptly given a badge as special deputy to the county governor, Inspector Shan realizes he is being thrust into a ruthless power struggle. Knowing he has made too many enemies in the government, Shan desperately wants to avoid such a battle, but then discovers that among its casualties are a murdered American archaeology student and devout Tibetans who were only trying to protect an ancient shrine. Soon grasping that the underlying mysteries are rooted in both the Chinese and Tibetan worlds, Shan senses that he alone may be able to find the truth. The path he must take, with the enigmatic, vengeful father of the dead American at his side, is the most treacherous he has ever navigated. More will die before he is able to fully pierce the secrets of this clash between the angry gods of Tibet and Beijing. The costs to Shan and those close to him will be profoundly painful, and his world will be shaken to its core before he crafts his own uniquely Tibetan form of justice.


For lovers of crime thrillers, Bones of the Earth is a special opportunity to take all that’s great in an investigative mystery novel and place it in a location that introduces…

Crime Mystery Thriller

The Whisper Man – Alex North

August 8, 2019
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Alex North
Michael Joseph
June 13, 2019

If you leave a door half-open, soon you'll hear the whispers spoken . . . Still devastated after the loss of his wife, Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake move to the sleepy village of Featherbank, looking for a fresh start. But Featherbank has a dark past. Fifteen years ago a twisted serial killer abducted and murdered five young boys. Until he was finally caught, the killer was known as 'The Whisper Man'. Of course, an old crime need not trouble Tom and Jake as they try to settle in to their new home. Except that now another boy has gone missing. And then Jake begins acting strangely. He says he hears a whispering at his window . . .


Alex North’s debut, The Whisper Man is an outstanding thriller and one of the best crime novels I’ve read this year. In tones similar to Stephen King he ramps up compelling…

Awards Blog

Booker Prize 2019 Longlist

August 7, 2019
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Book Awards
Peter Donnelly
The Reading Desk
24 July 2019

The leading literary award in the English speaking world, which has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over 50 years. Awarded annually to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.

The Testaments – Margaret Atwood

When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead. 

With The Testaments, the…