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Literary Fiction

Shuggie Bain – Douglas Stuart

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16 January 2021

Restrain

Shuggie Bain is a beautifully written, poignant account of a Glaswegian family and their struggles through poverty, family breakdown, alcoholism, and community divisiveness. In a society where misery and despair circle like vultures, after years of economic assault from a Thatcher government on working-class people, the Bain family’s own story…


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Historical Fiction Literary Fiction

The Prophets – Robert Jones Jr.

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2 January 2021

Broken

The Prophets is an absorbing novel, with unsettling overtones, profound and deeply moving. Masterfully written in beautiful poetic prose it enriches the soul through the dreams and expression of love amidst the most repressive and abusive life imaginable.

“Blessèd be the ones who gaze upon the night and holy are the…


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Historical Fiction

The Diver and the Lover – Jeremy Vine

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31 December 2020

Commitment

Jeremy Vine is a popular host and commentator on BBC TV and radio, and The Diver and the Lover is his debut novel. It is a highly imaginative historical story based on the controversial painting by Salvador Dali, titled Christ of Saint John of the Cross. A fascinating premise that twists…


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Nonfiction

Joe Biden: American Dreamer – Evan Osnos

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29 December 2020

President

At the time of writing this review, Joe Biden is US President-Elect and will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, on January 20th following the most important, divisive, and insane election in American history. An election that I’m sure psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, politicists and…


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The Survivors – Jane Harper

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23 December 2020

Jane Harper has cemented herself as a wonderful mystery crime writer, and her latest book The Survivors is a compelling story of grief, guilt and secrets that conceal the truth of events that rocked a community twelve years previously. Kieran Elliott has returned to Evelyn Bay, a small coastal town in…


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Crime Nonfiction

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

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22 December 2020

Chilling

An outstanding and powerful work of literature, even more impressive because it conveyed true crimes, a profound investigative insight, the vivid sense of time and place, and the atmosphere that cloaked the evil events carried out on November 15 in 1959, in Holcomb, Kansas. Truman Capote is an artist…


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Contemporary Fiction Humour

Going Green – Nick Spalding

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15 December 2020

Repairing

Nick Spalding has a winning formula in his novels, he grabs contemporary issues and adds drama and humour to create entertaining and thought-provoking stories. He seems to be on a quest to address as many of the outstanding matters in modern life as possible. In Going Green the cause…


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Mystery Thriller

Night Swim – Megan Goldin

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6 December 2020

Reputation

Night Swim is a tough review to write as it blends the most heartless, ugliest, damaging, atrocity, with a compelling mystery to investigate crimes committed in both the present and the past. An unsettling novel that illuminates the very deep sense of blame, depravity, vicious physical and psychological damage, horror,…


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When I Come Home Again – Caroline Scott

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5 December 2020

Memories

Just as the world was coming to the end of the World War I and the destruction it caused to so many lives, no one anticipated the psychological devastation it caused to the soldiers who fought and survived. Those physically scarred and maimed, and those thrown into a fugue…


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Crime Mystery Thriller

The Whole Truth – Cara Hunter

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4 December 2020

Evidence?

I have followed Cara Hunter from her debut for good reason – she’s brilliant. One of my favourite thriller writers does it again, and she delivers another police procedural with her police team that we grow a deeper and deeper connection with. The Whole Truth is captivating, full of mystery, tension,…

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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