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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction

A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles

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March 16, 2020

Distinction

Every now and again along comes an outstanding novel that hits every aspect of what a great book should be. A Gentleman in Moscow is epic in its ambition, enthralling in its storytelling, entertaining in its humour and eloquent in its prose. The story is set amongst the chaotic birth of…


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Fantasy Historical Fiction

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke

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March 10, 2020

Lifeless

The overwhelming feeling after finishing this book is a sense of relief and then puzzlement that I committed so much time to complete the task. I found the book Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell a great disappointment on various levels, and for once I have to say that the TV production…


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Historical Fiction War

The Traitor – V.S. Alexander

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February 16, 2020

Opposition

The Traitor is a compelling weave of fiction and imaginatively structured fact. A story that relives the harrowing days in Germany under Nazi rule, where young men and women espouse bravery, loyalty and fortitude in their opposition to the Nazi ideology. In 1942 several students at the University of Munich,…


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Historical Fiction Supernatural

The Deep – Alma Katsu

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January 17, 2020

A sense of connection drove me to this story and an intriguing twist in
terms of the supernatural sealed its fate. I would bribe the author, publisher
or NetGalley if necessary to get hold of this ASAP. For the record, I didn’t
need to, that’s how NetGalley works – the ARCs, not…


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Crime Genre Historical Fiction Mystery Reviews

In All Innocence by C.A Asbrey

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January 14, 2020

I am so fortunate to be a reviewer who has been following a series almost as long as it has been in existence. Today I am doing a much requested and needed review for those following, of C.A Asbury’s, “In All Innocents” which is the 4th book in “The…


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Historical Fiction Romance

The Orphan Thief – Glynis Peters

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January 12, 2020

Endurance

The period of the book is fascinating, set throughout the Second World War, starting when Coventry was bombed by the German Luftwaffe in 1939. The only survivor of the Shadwell family is sixteen years old Ruby who starts to rebuild her life amongst the rubble and war-ravaged lives. The…


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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction

How Beautiful They Were – Boston Teran

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January 10, 2020

Performance

How Beautiful They Were is a beautifully crafted story of adventure through the historical theatre period in England and the United States during the 1830s, 40s and 50s. Packed with drama, racism, revenge, vulnerability and ingenuity, this is an outstanding novel.

John James Beaufort is a talented actor who joins the…


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Childrens Fantasy Historical Fiction

Animal Farm – George Orwell

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December 5, 2019

Elucidation

An extremely famous and popular book that carries a major political message. Essentially Animal Farm is a parody of communism from the Bolshevik revolution, to the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin. Beyond the obvious, we can see that this is a tale as relevant today as it was in…


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Historical Fiction

Infant’s Of the Brush: A Chimney Sweep’s Story by A.M Watson

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October 22, 2019

Hello everyone! I hope you are excited for a review of something special today. To begin, I was sent a copy of “Infants of the Brush: A Chimney Sweep’s Story” from A.M Watson herself, and I want to thank her for such an honor. But, because most of my…


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Historical Fiction

Excalibur – Bernard Cornwell

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October 18, 2019

Duplicitous

Excalibur is the final book of the Warlord Chronicles trilogy and it maintains the excitement, intrigue, conflict and wonderful narrative the first two books led us to expect. The Arthurian legend has never been better told.

The land is divided into kingdoms and Arthur continues his quest to unite the Britons…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

Founder of The Reading Desk, supporting readers, authors, publishers and book industry. Top Reviewer on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley peter@thereadingdesk.com

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