The Khan; subverting the organisational crime novel

Although I hate violence and am really squeamish, I’ve always loved organised crime dramatisations such as The Sopranos, The Godfather, Peaky Blinders etc. They fascinate me. Yet these are stories where men take the lead…

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The Republic of Love; a very human love story

A few months ago I read The Stone Diaries, a novel that Margaret Atwood aptly describes as Carol Shields’ ‘glory book’. I absolutely loved it. So when I was invited to review The Republic of…

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The Book of Longings; an evocative modern classic

I am not a religious person (and doubt I ever will be) but The Book of Longings is such an evocative recreation of many of the biblical stories that this novel completely captured my imagination.…

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Not Without My Sister; a poignant story of courage, love and resilience

Concise and beautifully written in a simple manner, Not Without My Sister is a powerful character driven novel focusing on an aspect of World War II that is not often explored – very young children…

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Saving Missy: Chance to win this heart warming bestseller

Saving Missy is such an uplifting delight – full of warmth, friendship and dogs, it is definitely a must read! Oh and by the way I’m not the only person to love this book. First…

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