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Woman of the Hour – Jane Lythell

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May 21, 2019

Persistence

Woman of the Hour is a highly entertaining and revealing peek into the world of live television and the struggles to maintain a career, whilst also managing a home life with a typical teenage daughter. Liz Lyon is Head of Features at StoryWorld TV and a single mum to Flo,…


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The Spinning Heart – Donal Ryan

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May 12, 2019

Predicament

The Spinning Heart is an outstanding book that vividly portrays the damage the financial crisis had on people’s lives in Ireland while elevating our reading experience to such wonderful heights with beautiful poetic writing.

“There’s a red metal heart in the centre of the low front gate, skewered on a rotating…


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Normal People – Sally Rooney

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April 19, 2019

Connell is a super popular athlete at his rural high school outside of Galway. Son of a single mother, he is part of the non-privileged class. Fortunately for him, in his town and environment, the socio-economic background is insignificant, particularly for the star of the football (soccer) team. Connell…


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Shell Game: A Black Cat Novel – A.B. Funkhauser

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April 12, 2019

Preeminence

Shell Game is an intelligent and entertaining novel that is packed with witty humour while delivering a thought-provoking insight into communities and neighbours. Carlos the Wonder Cat is the muse in the story and his journey takes us from his early feral days and life in an animal shelter, to…


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Museum of Innocence – Orhan Pamuk

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April 6, 2019

The Museum of Innocence is a novel developed with significant depth in relation to the main character, Kemal, and the obsession he has towards a beautiful woman, Fusan. Kemal never managed to secure a full relationship with Fusan because of his obliged engagement to marry Sibel. He always remained infatuated…


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A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

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March 10, 2019

Cantankerous 

Mix grumpy old man, OCD, and a desire to join a dead wife in the afterlife – what you get is “A Man Called Ove”. Ove has a plan to commit suicide after the death of his wife, whom he can’t bear to live without. He plans his actions with…


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The Last Samurai – Helen DeWitt

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February 28, 2019

Infatuation 

The Last Samurai is a book where you’re never quite sure where you’re going next and at what speed, you just realise it’s going to be unconventional. To make sure you remain connected to the short snappy pointed tone of the main characters the writing adopts a similar style. 

Ludo is…


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Horror Literary Fiction

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

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February 27, 2019

Loneliness

It’s over 200 years since Frankenstein was first published in 1818 and it is a remarkable achievement that we’re still reading this book today, in a genre that has mushroomed. Certainly one of the greatest monster stories of all time and credited for creating the mad scientist and the first…


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99 Nights in Logar – Jamil Jan Kochai

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February 16, 2019

Enlightenment99 Nights in Logar is a well-crafted novel where the main plot thread is entwined with multiple tales, incidents, interesting characters, enthralling history and a harsh location. There is a common sense of atmosphere from many books based in Afghanistan and it’s probably due to the wonderful writings that depict…


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Literary Fiction Mystery

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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November 16, 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.”
The wonderful opening line that sets the scene for…

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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