Green Hands: a true classic

Shock, horror! My reading mojo had vanished, gone! I was struggling to concentrate reading a book – but thankfully Green Hands, the warm and humorous wartime classic has really saved the day for me. I…

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The Bird in the Bamboo Cage; evocative and emotionally charged

The history of World War II in the Far East is not nearly as well known as what happened in Europe but the stunning new novel from award winning author Hazel Gaynor delivers an authentic,…

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Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook; powerful historic fiction

Wow! Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook is an immersive powerful read full of espionage as it graphically portrays ‘subterfuge upon subterfuge‘. It is set just a few short months after the end of World War…

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When We Fall; haunting historical fiction

With a true war crime at the crux of this powerful Second World War story, When We Fall is an emotionally charged novel that has left a deep impression on me. This is a thought…

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You Will Be Safe Here: symbolic, raw and unforgettable

So I’ve been a bit of a fan of the writer Damian Barr for a while – from his social media and also from The Big Scottish Book Club, a TV programme in which he…

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