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The King’s Beast – Eliot Pattison

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29 May 2020

Seditious

A remarkably immersive and compelling story, crafted with Eliot Pattison’s atmospheric style of vividly portraying historical fiction. Pattison provides fascinating historical detail which he weaves seamlessly into his storytelling to create an outstanding novel. A focal point of his novels is his ability to bring to life the wonderful…


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The Smallest Man – Frances Quinn

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23 May 2020

Distinctiveness

The Smallest Man is a fascinating story of an unusual man during the 17th-century reign of King Charles I of England. The religious conflict in Europe seemed focused on England and Charles was the King who contributed to England’s descent into civil war. The resulting Interregnum years when Parliament ruled…


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Hamnet – Maggie O’Farrell

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23 May 2020

I came to reading this book as someone who is not a Shakespeare aficionado. I have over the years seen various productions of Shakespeare plays, some wonderful, and some not so much so. I have never held a season’s subscription to a local Shakespeare company, but I am an…


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The Four Symbols (Sacred Grounds) – Eric Giacometti

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9 May 2020

Artifact

The Four Symbols (Sacred Grounds) is a World War II thriller set against the shrouded beginnings and growth of Nazi ideology and the pursuit of ancient relics in establishing a new order – a Third Reich. Ancient swastika relics hold importance and deep meaning that foster a new religion and…


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Sin Eater – Megan Campisi

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1 May 2020

Like many other readers, I was surprised to have learnt that Sin Eaters really existed that that they continued well into the beginning of the 20th century.

The story of a teenage orphaned girl who for a petty crime is forced to become a sin eater moved me deeply. The…


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The Art of Dying – Ambrose Parry

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1 May 2020

As I’m interested in the history of medicine this is a book that appeals. ✔️ Set in Edinburgh? Another ✔️. Featuring Dr James Simpson of chloroform fame? ✔️ Brilliant characters in the aforementioned Simpson, Dr Will Raven and Sarah Fisher? ✔️ An intriguing mystery? ✔️ I could go on!!…


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Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier

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13 April 2020

A sweeping and tumultuous story of an injured American Civil War soldier who goes AWOL and makes a relentless and dangerous journey back home to Cold Mountain, and to the woman he intends spending the rest of his life with. As poetic as Homer’s Odyssey, Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain is an…


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Actress – Anne Enright

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11 April 2020

Among the images of my mother that exist online is a black-and-white photograph of me, watching her from the wings. I am four or five years of age, and sitting on a stool, in a little matinee coat and a bowl haircut. Beyond me, Katherine O’Dell performs to the…


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The Philosopher’s Daughters – Alison Booth

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3 April 2020

Discovery

A beautifully immersive story celebrating a journey into the wonderful landscape of Australia with intriguing characters that wrestle with its wildness and their own self-discovery. Alison Booth uniquely characterises the landscape giving it energy with features of beauty and harshness at the heart of the story. As two young female…


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A Hundred Suns – Karin Tanabe

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30 March 2020

Cupidity

A Hundred Suns is a probing story of avarice, power, revenge and colonial politics set in French Indochina in the 1930s. Jessie Lesage and her husband, heir to the Michelin business empire, Victor Michelin Lesage, arrive in Vietnam amidst a global recession to manage the Michelin rubber plantations and grow…

Peter Donnelly
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