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Womens Fiction

City of Girls – Elizabeth Gilbert

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May 1, 2020

I love this book! Vivian Morris, 20, is banished to New York in disappointment by her parents after being sent down from Vasser after failing to attend a single class. She’s to live with her Aunt Peg who owns the Lily Theatre Company which performs something like revues with…


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Contemporary Fiction

We Are Not in the World – Conor O’Callaghan

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April 30, 2020

Broken

We Are Not in the World is a haunting, disturbing and highly original story of a father and daughter travelling across England and France in a haulage truck, and discovering more about their relationship and past in all its raw candour. A story that is deeply emotional and vividly brought…


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Mystery Thriller

Little Secrets – Jennifer Hillier

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April 26, 2020

Devious

Little four-year-old Sebastian and his mother Marin Machado are shopping in a crowded shopping centre in Seattle, just before Christmas. The air is filled with excitement and anticipation. As Marin drops Sebastian’s hand to respond to a text message, the next two hundred and forty seconds will see the…


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Childrens

Happy Tails – Joy Metzer

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April 24, 2020

Happy Tails is a fabulous children’s book targeted primarily at the eight to twelve age group, although a younger audience would also enjoy it. The story is told in the third person through the eyes of a young female pup, Jitterbug, coming into the world and fascinated by everything she…


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Mystery Thriller

The Split – Sharon Bolton

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April 20, 2020

Breach

The Split is an outstanding psychological thriller that is throbbing with suspense and suspicion. A past that is slowly uncloaked, revealing dark and horrific crimes that are haunting and driving alarming consequences in the present.

“Felicity crawls into the cupboard and wraps the duvet around her as she settles herself into…


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Contemporary Fiction Humour

Logging Off – Nick Spalding

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April 19, 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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Mystery Thriller

What Lies Between Us – John Marrs

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April 15, 2020

Vengeance

What Lies Between Us is a dark psychological thriller that will disturb your concept of a mother and daughter relationship. What has happened to have caused such a taut hatred? To smile and engage with light conversation while underneath plotting to be free while violence lurks, that will shock to…


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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction

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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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction

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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Historical Fiction Womens Fiction

The Philosopher’s Daughters – Alison Booth

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April 3, 2020

Discovery

A beautifully immersive story celebrating a journey into the wonderful landscape of Australia with intriguing characters that wrestle with its wildness and their own self-discovery. Alison Booth uniquely characterises the landscape giving it energy with features of beauty and harshness at the heart of the story. As two young female…

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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