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Speak Softly, She Can Hear

Pam Lewis

Speak Softly? begins with sixteen-year-old Carole following the boy to whom she is about to lose her virginity through the snow. The blurb hints that she will ...

Reviewed by Anna Johnson

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Gods in Alabama

Joshilyn Jackson

Arlene has spent the past ten years of her life avoiding returning to Possett, her hometown, in the Deep South of Alabama. The reason is quite clear. Ten years ...

Reviewed by Alyson Cunningham, Lincolnshire

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The Continuing Silence of a Poet

A B Yehoshua

The first two stories of this collection make for disturbing reading. A man and his mentally handicapped son live alone. The relationship between father and ...

Reviewed by Alyson Cunningham, Lincolnshire

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Mr Mani

A B Yehoshua

This densely packed (but readable) narrative cannot be absorbed in one session. Written by Abraham Yehoshua, and expertly translated from the original Hebrew, ...

Reviewed by Val McDonald, W Midlands

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Billie Morgan

Joolz Denby

When I read that this book was about an ex-druggie-biker-chick, I delayed reading it for over a week, assuming that it would not be to my liking but once I ...

Reviewed by Jo Ainsworth, Cambridgeshire

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Old Filth

Jane Gardam

To the young lawyers of the day 'Old Filth' (Failed in London, try Hong Kong) is proverbial. Yet, as his tale unfolds, his life has been far from a charmed ...

Reviewed by Margaret Tinsley, St Albans

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The Mammoth Cheese

Sheri Holman

A real page-turner, this multi-layered tale, highlights the political, religious, emotional, and social life in a typical small town in America when the media ...

Reviewed by Kay Konieczny, North Yorkshire

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A Profound Secret

Josceline Dimbleby

The title of this book refers to the discovery by the author of her great-grandmother's passionate affair with the famous Pre-Raphaelite painter, Edward ...

Reviewed by Christine Wootton, Wolverhampton

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