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Literary Fiction

Anything Is Possible – Elizabeth Strout

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6 October 2018

Fragile 

Elizabeth Strout has written a remarkable book that communicates 9 different, but intertwined stories. There are various threads running between each story and the dialogue is superbly written to create a telling glimpse into the characters’ lives. Anything is Possible presents a wonderful range and balance between character variety, background and…


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Nonfiction

Love is the Answer, God is the Cure – Aimee Cabo Nikolov

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3 October 2018

I found this book so compelling, that once I had started I couldn’t put the book down until I had read the last sentence.

The life and experiences of Aimee, portrayed in the book, seem to be a continuum of troughs with very few peaks except towards the end of…


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Nonfiction

Love is the Answer, God is the Cure – Aimee Cabo Nikolov

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2 October 2018

Conviction

Love is the Answer, God is the Cure is a story of how a young girl, Aimee Nogues, from age seven until her marriage to Bobbie in 2000, suffered physical, sexual and psychological abuse from those closest to her. It is a story of immense pain, deep despair, and emotional…


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Fantasy

Leap of Faith – Joshua Rem

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1 October 2018

Transfiguration

Leap of Faith is the first book of the Rufino Factor Series by Joshua Rem and it’s based in the fantasy land of Nyobi. Nyobi is a peninsula nation which is home to various mythical beings including vampires, druids, dwarves, trolls and humans. All is not well in the kingdom,…


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Historical Fiction

The Monastery Murders – E.M. Powell

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26 September 2018

Exigency

The Monastery Murders is the second masterful book in the Barling and Stanton series, from E.M. Powell. It is a novel full of rich characters, a scintillating murderous plot and a backdrop truly immersed in medieval, 12th century England.

Fairmore Abbey is a monastery of the Cistercian Order located in a…


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Historical Fiction Mystery

The King’s Justice – E.M. Powell

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23 September 2018

Incorrigible

The King’s Justice is an intriguing and perplexing historical murder mystery based in England during King Henry II’s reign in 1176. Henry II is responsible for much of the current legal system in the UK, and introduced travelling Royal Justices to cover 6 geographical circuits in England, each circuit with…


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Nonfiction

Praying for Strawberries – Gail Simpkins

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23 September 2018

Praying for Strawberries is an informative diary style book following a year in the life of a family from the perspective of the son, Lachlan, who has Autism. The writing is a piece-by-piece set of statements detailing actions and feelings regarding their experience as a family. As a guide…


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Poetry Short Stories

[Dis]Connected: Poems and Stories – Michelle Halket

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23 September 2018

Affiliation

Connected is a collage of beautifully written stories and poems that capture the imagination, as we find, lose and appreciate, those connections we make in life. The premise of the book is to explore, why in an ever-connected world are we seeing isolation and disconnection with so many people. We…


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Humour

Three Men on Their Bikes – Richard Mapes

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22 September 2018

Road-Trip

Three Men on Their Bikes follows a very well-trodden path, telling the story where close friends from younger days suddenly recognise they are drifting apart and decide to take a road-trip or vacation to rekindle old friendships. My initial difficulty with a story of this nature is that I don’t…


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Nonfiction

The Girl Who Smiled Beads – Clemantine Wamariya

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20 September 2018

Fragmentation

This is the third book I’ve read this year based around the Rwandan genocide. Each book has been haunting, heartbreaking and tragic – this book is no different. I didn’t want to be reminded about that period again but it is compelling and inspirational to see how humanity can…

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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