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Packshot of The Enlightenment of Nina Findlay

The Enlightenment of Nina Findlay

Andrea Gillies

This is Andrea Gillies' second novel. She won prizes for her first one 'Keeper'. She is an accomplished storyteller, gradually unfolding the lives and secrets ...

Reviewed by Maddy Broome - Bishop Auckland

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Mother of the Year

Karen Ross

This is as it says on the cover..."hilariously entertaining". One of the best quotes is on the back cover... "I often think my mother would prefer colonic ...

Reviewed by Sue Goult - Loughborough

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Packshot of In Bloom

In Bloom

Matthew Crow

Francis is 15 years old when he is diagnosed with leukemia. On top of that he has a family of misfits; he is seemingly the odd one out - a would be poet, ...

Reviewed by Victoria Jopling - Gateshead

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Packshot of A Nasty Piece of Work

A Nasty Piece of Work

Robert Littell

Lemuel Gunn, formerly homicide detective and CIA agent in Afghanistan, has started a new career as a private investigator. He is persuaded by the beguiling ...

Reviewed by Adie Batt - Warlingham

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What She Saw

Mark Roberts

When a nine year old boy is left to die inside a burning car, eleven year old Macy Conner is the only witness to the arson attack. Macy is an unusual child - ...

Reviewed by Dorothy Flaxman - Bude,Cornwall

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Packshot of The Italians at Cleat's Corner Store

The Italians at Cleat's Corner Store

Jo Riccioni

I really enjoyed this book and wouldn't be at all surprised to see it become a favourite with book groups.   At heart there is a coming of age story. In ...

Reviewed by Berwyn Peet - Llangadog

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Foreign Gods Inc

Okey Ndibe

Ike, a Nigerian, has come to America to study economics. 15 years later he drives a cab and his marriage - undertaken for the "greeen card" - has failed. He is ...

Reviewed by Hilary White - Montrose

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Packshot of Our Happy Time

Our Happy Time

Gong Ji-Young

Two people who wish to die, find a reason to live in each other, sounds likes love story, and yes it is, but never in the way you’d think. A book of ...

Reviewed by Debbie Start - Durham

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