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You, Again – Nick Spalding

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9 December 2021

Magnetic

Nick Spalding is guaranteed to make me laugh out loud in every book he writes, and this one is no exception. Nick identifies contemporary issues and crafts situations around them with his own unique and humorous style. You, Again is a story of Joel and Amy travelling on holiday to the…


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Dial A for Aunties – Jesse Sutanto

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22 August 2021

Family

Jesse Sutanto has delivered a debut success with the most outlandish comedy adventure I’ve read this year, Dial A for Aunties. If you are prepared to suspend believability, this entertaining ‘Mad Mad Mad Mad World’ romp is delightful, with lots of comedic situations and witty dialogue, balanced with quite a…


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Contemporary Fiction Humour

The Echo Chamber – John Boyne

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23 May 2021

Fabricated

John Boyne is one of my favourite contemporary authors and I know I’m biased from the outset, but he has been that good to get me there. JB is very astute, with a deep understanding of plot, themes, characters and relationships, so from the beginning when you encounter awful…


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The Car Share – Zoe Brisby

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31 March 2021

Alex advertises for a car share from Paris to Brussels and Maxine is to be his companion. He’s young, very depressed, she’s 90 something but young in her head. He’s going to Brussels to find a friend from a while ago and she’s going to end things before Alzheimer’s…


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Going Green – Nick Spalding

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15 December 2020

Repairing

Nick Spalding has a winning formula in his novels, he grabs contemporary issues and adds drama and humour to create entertaining and thought-provoking stories. He seems to be on a quest to address as many of the outstanding matters in modern life as possible. In Going Green the cause…


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Firing Blancs – Peter Stafford-Bow

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18 September 2020

Maneuver

The exploits of wine aficionado Felix Hart continue in his latest satirical novel of the wine industry. Firing Blancs, is a colourful adventure where uncompromising situations seem to follow Felix and humour drips off every page. Felix Hart is the head wine buyer for Gatesave Supermarkets and sources wines from…


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Humour Literary Fiction

The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov

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20 June 2020

“The devil went down to Georgia Moscow, he was looking for a soul to steal.”—Primus

Phew! I needed a margarita after finishing The Master and Margarita! What a magnificent, turbulent read!

This extravagant Russian allegory is an adult Alice in Wonderland, bursting at the seams with mischief, darkness and rambunctiousness. The ghosts of Faust…


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Mr Wizard – Jeff Wallach

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5 May 2020

Misdirection

Jeff Wallach’s debut novel, Mr Wizard is a light-hearted and highly entertaining story of family secrets and the adventure of discovering new family connections. The last words Jenny Elliot mentioned to her son Phillip before passing away, was about an Irish golf pro in Ballydraiocht, Ireland. That cryptic message made no…


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Logging Off – Nick Spalding

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19 April 2020

Rebalancing

In our world of instant communications, information overload, connected devices and online communities have we become slaves to the relentless appetite of the internet? Are we addicted to data? Nick Spalding has a formula for taking many of these real-world (and often sensitive) issues and building an entertaining and…


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The Minotaur’s Son: & other wild tales – Kevin Ansbro

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6 February 2020

Imaginative

The Minotaur’s Son: & other wild tales is a book of short stories that is unbounded in its imagination and entertainment. A collection of tales that I want to imagine being told around the metaphorical campfire, late at night, when the teller want to enthral and beguile their listeners. Stories…

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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