Monthly Archives: July 2014

Helen Dunmore || The Lie

In The Lie main character Daniel is living a nightmare: he has returned from World War 1, shell shocked, bereft and mourning his best friend Frederick. On his return home he finds that he no longer has a job or … Continue reading

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Jo Baker || Longbourn

Jo Baker made me look differently at life at the Bennets. I shudder to think that I should be a housemaid for a family consisting of five women. Think of all the clothes and dirty linen to be washed or … Continue reading

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Suzanne Berne || The Dogs of Littlefield

Littlefield is a small town in the US. According to a survey its inhabitants are among the happiest people in the US. Clarice Watkins wants to find out why and finds herself in a dog war. Half of the town … Continue reading

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Sarah Perry || After Me Comes The Flood

Sarah Perry has written a beautiful novel about waiting for things to happen in which she increases tension page by page.  In After Me six people have chosen to live together in a dilapidated house somewhere on the coast. A seventh … Continue reading

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Rachel Kushner || The Flamethrowers

I absolutely loved the pages in which main character Reno shares her love for speeding with us. I wouldn’t have believed that a description of motor racing or skiing could be this poetic. This is for a large part due … Continue reading

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Alison MacLeod // Unexploded

Do I dare suggest that Unexploded was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize because it speaks of the hardships the British living along the coast of the North Sea had to endure whilst waiting for Hitlers troops to arrive in … Continue reading

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