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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…


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Literary Fiction Thriller

The Winters – Lisa Gabriele

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November 14, 2018

Sinister

The Winters is an audacious book, in that it grabs very explicitly the iconic story Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier, in both hands and writes a bold new modern-day retelling of Max Winter and his new wife, following the death of his first wife Rebecca (or Rebekah in this…


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Happiness – Aminatta Forna

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November 13, 2018

Adaptability

Aminatta Forna doesn’t just write stories to captivate us for a few hours, she challenges us to think about our homogeneity with the world and how we share this world with other living beings. She invites us to consider our relationships with others, both at a personal and societal…


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Literary Fiction Mystery

The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days – Juliet Conlin

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November 6, 2018

Closure

There is something educational, captivating and very endearing in listening to an elderly person reflect on the events and experiences they witnessed during their life, especially through eventful times. When the writing is as good as Juliet Conlin’s, you get a front-row view into the life of Alfred Warner….


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The End of Loneliness – Benedict Wells

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November 6, 2018

Persistence 

A book of love, loss and loneliness, with its encounters of uplifting emotion, that nourishes the heart.

At 11 years of age, the story’s narrator, Jules, and his older brother and sister, Marty and Liz, lose their parents in a car accident. They are re-homed in a boarding school with…


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Exit West – Mohsin Hamid

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October 27, 2018

Perseverance

Mohsin Hamid has written a poignant, thought-provoking love story amidst the worldwide turmoil of conflict, disharmony and its horrendous consequences of displacement. These two themes are dealt with in a wonderfully balanced and fluid way, which illustrates Hamid’s clever writing skills, and is a clear observational overview of today’s world.

The…


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The Valley at the Centre of the World – Malachy Tallack

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October 25, 2018

Essence

Whether we live in a heavily populated metropolis or a sparsely populated and isolated valley, the Centre of OUR World is our family, friends, and the environment we live and work in. Malachy Tallack has written a great book capturing various facets of life and presented them in a…


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Milkman – Anna Burns

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October 17, 2018

 
Man Booker Prize Winner 2018
The Reading Desk is pleased to welcome Barbara De Garcia as our Guest, to provide us with her wonderful review of Milkman.
An unconventional book about an unconventional girl, living in times where life was highly conventionalized within the respective communities (working class Catholic and working-class Protestant). The vision…


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Skin Deep – Liz Nugent

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October 17, 2018

Narcissism

Beauty is only Skin Deep! But to what extent can it mask the evil that lies beneath?

Skin Deep is a breath-taking, expressive and ultimately heart-breaking novel. The title reflects on the ever-increasing preoccupation we have on image over substance. The story portrays the lack of normal reciprocal human relationships, masked…


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The Misremembered Man – Christina McKenna

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October 13, 2018

Serendipity 

The Misremembered Man is a captivating and very endearing story of 2 mature people dealing with a harsh past, a lonely present and a hope for a renewed future. Jamie McCloone and Lydia Devine are, both strangers, both seeking companionship, and both hoping for something meaningful in their autumn years….

Peter Donnelly
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