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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction

Hamnet – Maggie O’Farrell

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23 May 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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Crime Mystery

I Made a Mistake – Jane Corry

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21 May 2020

Indiscretion

I Made A Mistake is a slow-burn drama, that is carefully layered and very much in the style of Jane Corry. Having read most of her books, and been a fan for a long time, it is always a joy to read the latest novel from this very talented author….


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Crime Mystery Thriller

Buried – Lynda La Plante

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14 May 2020

Identity

The highly popular, Hall of Fame author, Lynda La Plante, has treated us to another great crime thriller and the start of a new series starring her new protagonist DC Jack Warr. Buried, is a novel that is clever and compelling, and shows the natural ease La Plante has in creating…


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Historical Fiction Supernatural Thriller War

The Four Symbols (Sacred Grounds) – Eric Giacometti

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9 May 2020

Artifact

The Four Symbols (Sacred Grounds) is a World War II thriller set against the shrouded beginnings and growth of Nazi ideology and the pursuit of ancient relics in establishing a new order – a Third Reich. Ancient swastika relics hold importance and deep meaning that foster a new religion and…


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Humour Literary Fiction

Mr Wizard – Jeff Wallach

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5 May 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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Contemporary Fiction

Nightingale Point – Luan Goldie

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1 May 2020

This is Luan Goldie’s first novel. She is “an emerging young writer of color”, who is a primary school teacher in England, and her novel is on the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction long list.

The novel tells the story of a working-class community on a housing estate in London….


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Historical Fiction

Sin Eater – Megan Campisi

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1 May 2020

Like many other readers, I was surprised to have learnt that Sin Eaters really existed that that they continued well into the beginning of the 20th century.

The story of a teenage orphaned girl who for a petty crime is forced to become a sin eater moved me deeply. The…


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Historical Fiction Thriller

The Art of Dying – Ambrose Parry

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1 May 2020

As I’m interested in the history of medicine this is a book that appeals. ✔️ Set in Edinburgh? Another ✔️. Featuring Dr James Simpson of chloroform fame? ✔️ Brilliant characters in the aforementioned Simpson, Dr Will Raven and Sarah Fisher? ✔️ An intriguing mystery? ✔️ I could go on!!…


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Womens Fiction

City of Girls – Elizabeth Gilbert

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1 May 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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30 April 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…

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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