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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction

Hamnet – Maggie O’Farrell

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May 23, 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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Humour Literary Fiction

Mr Wizard – Jeff Wallach

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May 5, 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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Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier

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April 13, 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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April 11, 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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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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Literary Fiction

Apeirogon – Colum McCann

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March 12, 2020

Grief is grief. It cannot be measured or weighed or argued. Two fathers, two daughters killed by the opposite side, two families shattered, and still the same grief.

‘Apeirogon’ was a demanding novel for me due to several reasons, the first one being that I had a general understanding of…


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Literary Fiction Science Fiction

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

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March 9, 2020

Inconsequential

A highly acclaimed best-selling novel that has now been made into a film, so I expected a lot from it. The concept from Kazuo Ishiguro is interesting with a slight twist from other science fiction books in this space. The focus is on Kathy and primarily her relationships with…


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Literary Fiction

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

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March 8, 2020

Consequence

The Picture of Dorian Gray, apart from being a classic work of literature written by one of the greatest writers of all time, it is a book that has readers searching for meaning. It seduces us into examining the value of appearance over substance and opens up a debate…


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Literary Fiction Mystery Romance

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford

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March 7, 2020

Cherish

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an absorbing story of hope and love. It is set against the politically tumultuous period of World War II, where we experience the alienation forces between the Chinese, Japanese and America people as they live together in the United States. Henry…


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Literary Fiction Mystery

State of Wonder – Ann Patchett

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February 27, 2020

Discovery

State of Wonder is a story that conveys a wonderful adventure of stunning scope and scenery. Marina Singh is sent into the isolated regions of the Rio Negro to investigate the death of one colleague and meet up with her former professor and team leader Dr Swenson. Dr Swenson has…

Peter Donnelly
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