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Identity

Kitty Fitzgerald

Kitty Fitzgerald's 'Identity' isn't an easy book to read, for a number of reasons. The story's main character, Beth, is a victim of incest and an abusive ...

Reviewed by Judith Griffith - Old Colwyn

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While the Gods Were Sleeping

Erwin Mortier

This Belgian novelist presents Helena. Nearly one hundred years old, the last of her family and still, perhaps, writing her memoirs. What are words for? To ...

Reviewed by Hilary White - Montrose

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The Fame Thief

Timothy Hallinan

'The Fame Thief' is one of those books that tries to stuff so much into the metaphorical suitcase, that the top doesn't fasten completely. We have a private ...

Reviewed by Ben Macnair - Lichfield

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The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me

Lucy Robinson

Sally is a successful wardrobe mistress with The Royal Opera House; she loves being close to the performers and listening to the beautiful music they sing. ...

Reviewed by Victoria Jopling - Gateshead

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The Life of a Banana

PP Wong

The life of a banana is a book about identify, sacrifice and family. Often funny, yet also reflecting a cruel reality, this book explores the harsh experiences ...

Reviewed by Debbie Start - Durham

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Agatha Raisin: Something Borrowed, Someone Dead

MC Beaton

This, as usual, is a laugh out loud murder mystery from MC Beaton. Agatha falls for a local gardener, and makes no bones about pursuing him. However, when he ...

Reviewed by Sue Goult - Loughborough

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Not Only The Good Boys

Jo Eames

What a fantastic read! I am probably biased as I read this account of the build up to D Day during the week of the 70th anniversary of this event AND I live in ...

Reviewed by marjorie coles - witney

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Alarm Girl

Hannah Vincent

This debut novel is written in an elegant literary style. It is rather a sad story about an 11yr old girl called Indigo. Indigo has an older brother called ...

Reviewed by Lisa Carman - Cleckheaton

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