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Literary Fiction Science Fiction

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

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9 March 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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8 March 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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7 March 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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27 February 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…


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Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction Thriller

The Keeper – Jessica Moor

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23 February 2020

Vulnerable

Poignant, probing and beautifully written, The Keeper will remind us how we have a duty to protect and support the vulnerable and abused in our society. A police investigation thriller that reveals a range of colourful characters, their unique stories and the multiple perspectives people have on domestic abuse.

In…


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Literary Fiction Short Stories

The Weddings – Alexander Chee

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22 February 2020

Attraction

The Weddings, is an intriguing short story looking at gay relationships within the dynamics of marriage, somewhat satirical, somewhat deferential. Marriage, now a legally recognised possibility that has opened up for gay partnerships but the same criteria and decisions need to be made on a personal level. None shout louder…


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Literary Fiction Mystery Thriller

Our Little Cruelties – Liz Nugent

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14 February 2020

Dysfunctional

A psychological drama that paints the most magnificently crafted characters with family interactions that are fascinating, absorbing and downright shocking. The Drumm family, led by the mother Melissa with her three sons, Will, Brian and Luke, seem to be adept at handing out little cruelties (or not so little)…


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Crime Literary Fiction

A Good Father – Catherine Talbot

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12 February 2020

Neurotic

An unsettling family drama that illustrates the destructive nature of jealousy, selfishness and a crushing dominance on everything in a home and family. A Good Father is well crafted and draws the complexity of human relationships and how damaged personalities can wreak havoc on those around them.

The story is told through…


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Fantasy Humour Literary Fiction Short Stories

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…


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Literary Fiction Short Stories

Zenith Man – Jennifer Haigh

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1 February 2020

Zenith Man is a short story from the Inheritance Collection and is inspired by real events.

“This story begins with a 911 call. The first shock was that Harold Pardee’s wife was dead. The second shock was that he had a wife.”

The opening line held so much promise but the drama…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

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