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The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen translated

Diana Crone Frank and Jeffrey Frank

Initially I was sceptical of fairy tales as a reading group choice, but Andersen's stories have permeated our language and culture as few books have before ...

Reviewed by Stephanie Cage

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The Apothecary's Daughter

Patricia Schonstein

This is an untraditional love story of a girl brought up in the seclusion of a convent, being married off to a mysterious nobleman and taken away into the ...

Reviewed by Wynny Mehra, Purley

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Maisie Dobbs

Jacqueline Winspear

Meet feisty, yet sensitive and vulnerable, Maisie Dobbs, a private investigator in 1920s' London. Much more than just another detective story, this promising ...

Reviewed by Susan Gibbs, Bedford

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Around the World in Eighty Days

Jules Verne

This title was published in 1873, after its enormous success as a magazine serial. The story of the journey made by Phineas Fogg and his faithful servant, ...

Reviewed by Miriam Bennett, Reydon

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The Creation Myths

Clare Brown

Cressida, wife of Harry, lover of Tom, is pregnant, by Tom. Nita, partner of Tom, is pregnant, also by Tom. Margaret, Cressida's GP, wants desperately to be ...

Reviewed by Helen Isaac, Herts

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James Manlow

As he waits for the arrival of Maguire, the officer that will arrest him and extradite him to England Jack has time to go over his life to make sense of what ...

Reviewed by Daniela Mulholland, Warminster

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Touching Earth

Rani Manicka

Because the writer has made this book so believable, it is depressing yet strangely readable. The publisher's blurb speaks of 'corruption' and 'decadence' but ...

Reviewed by Jo Ainsworth, Cambridgeshire

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Jeff Lindsay

The front cover announces 'a serial killer to fall in love with' but would you really fall for this psychopath? He is so cold and calculating but admits to ...

Reviewed by Hilvary Robinson, Lymington

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