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Feeding Frenzy

Paul McMahon

'Feeding Frenzy' is one of those books that makes you think about something we all take for granted, food. It looks at the political system that keeps food ...

Reviewed by Ben Macnair - Lichfield

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The Language Of Dying

Sarah Pinborough

On the surface, 'The Language of Dying' is a family saga, about a once disparate group of five siblings, coming to visit their father on his death-bed. Like a ...

Reviewed by Ben Macnair - Lichfield

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The Wedding Gift

Marlen Suyapa Bodden

This has to be one of the best books I have read so far this year. The story is about two girls both born to a wealthy plantation owner in South America. One ...

Reviewed by Debbie Mika - Brighton

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Beyond the Shadows

Beryl Armstrong

This is the second book in a New Zealand saga but can be read as a stand-alone novel. It is set just before and during the Second World War and gives an ...

Reviewed by Maddy Broome - Bishop Auckland

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New Stars for Old

Marc Read

Marc Read, a philosophy and physics teacher, has written an original series of short stories that will intrigue all of us who have a more whimsical interest in ...

Reviewed by Lynne Collinson - southsea

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Elizabeth is Missing

Emma Healey

I really enjoyed this book. Maud is an elderly lady with dementia. At first she is living on her own but as the story progresses she moves in with her daughter ...

Reviewed by Fiona Atley - Erith

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Life Drawing

Robin Black

Robin Black is an accomplished writer and although this story is one that has been told many times before, it still kept me engrossed until the end. Augusta ...

Reviewed by Marjorie Neilson - Staffordshire

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Before the Fall

Juliet West

I don't like to start with a criticism but I will - the use of straplines on a book cover. This novel is titled 'Before the Fall', nice arty photo cover....and ...

Reviewed by Cath Sell - Pickering

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