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The English Monster or The Melancholy Transactions of William Ablass
really liked it
The year is 1811. On the streets of Wapping, a family have been brutally slaughtered in their home. There is no motive and the police on land have no ...more
Mar 06, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
The Light Between Oceans
it was amazing
On his return from the First World War to Western Australia, Tom signs up to be a lighthouse keeper. The solitude is what he wants after the horrors o ...more
Mar 16, 2012
Feb 18, 2012
Life After Life
really liked it
I’m sure Life After Life needs no introduction. Whilst everyone else is reading A God in Ruins, I thought it was about time I read its predecessor. I ...more
May 22, 2015
Jan 12, 2014
Carrying Albert Home
it was amazing
I loved Carrying Albert Home, a charming tale based on the tall tales the author’s parents told him about that time they took their pet alligator to F ...more
Nov 07, 2015
Nov 02, 2015
All the Light We Cannot See
liked it
All the Light We Cannot See has received bundles of praise and a Pulitzer Prize so I’ve been left wondering if I missed the point. With the exception ...more
Oct 31, 2015
Oct 18, 2015
The Last Pilot
really liked it
The Last Pilot is an intimate tale of the space race told from the perspective of one man. A man whose wife fears for his life every day, never knowin ...more
Dec 29, 2015
Dec 06, 2015
The Paying Guests
liked it
Set between the wars, the period is a fascinating one. So many of the young men were lost, with the women left behind. Frances and her mother have bee ...more
Jan 03, 2015
Oct 04, 2014
The Somnambulist
liked it
In Phoebe Turner’s Victorian home hangs a painting. The Somnambulist. It reminds her of her dear Aunt Cissy, a music hall beauty who she wishes were h ...more
Aug 11, 2012
Mar 11, 2012
The Poisoned Island
really liked it
The Solander docks in London laden with botanical specimens gathered for Tahiti. Sponsored by Sir Joseph Banks, the voyage was a successful endeavour ...more
Feb 26, 2013
Feb 24, 2013
Child 44 (Leo Demidov,  #1)
liked it
Loved the first half but went on a bit too long and the connection seemed a bit ridiculous. Would be interested in reading some of the non-fiction "fu ...more
Aug 06, 2015
Jul 26, 2015
Salt to the Sea
really liked it
Salt to the Sea follows a group of characters in the harsh winter of 1945, travelling across what was once Prussia in order to secure passage on boats ...more
Jan 13, 2016
Jan 10, 2016
The Specimen
liked it
The year is 1866 and Mrs Pemberton is on trial for the murder of Mr Scales. Seven years earlier, Gwen Carrick meets Edward Scales on a Cornish beach. ...more
Feb 15, 2013
Jan 13, 2013
The Painted Bridge
really liked it
Anna Palmer believes she is merely visiting friends of her husband when she arrives at Lake House. Instead, she is left behind, shepherded into a room ...more
Nov 10, 2012
Nov 04, 2012
Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)
liked it
The Müller family are fictional, but implanted into real events. The events of the putsch did happen and people were killed on both sides. What’s real ...more
Apr 19, 2014
Apr 13, 2014
The Earth is Singing
really liked it
When Hanna’s story starts, she has a promising future as a ballerina, training at the city’s ballet school. She has a boyfriend who she thinks is perf ...more
Apr 25, 2015
Feb 01, 2015
Thin Air
really liked it
I started off thinking what a bunch of arrogant, privileged men, thinking the world belongs to them and dismissing the local people. Good riddance to ...more
Nov 26, 2016
May 08, 2016
The Last Dickens. Matthew Pearl
really liked it
Matthew Pearl's third historical literary thriller turns its sights onto the mystery of Dickens' final unfinished work. Shortly after his death, Dicke ...more
Jan 02, 2012
Dec 31, 2011
Island of Wings
really liked it
In 1830, Reverend Neil Mckenzie and his young wife, Lizzie, make their way to the remote island of St Kilda to start a new life and bring Christianity ...more
Apr 26, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
Pyg: The Memoirs of a Learned Pig
really liked it
In the late 18th Century, the learned pig became a popular circus attraction, with the pig spelling words with cards, they could answer questions, tel ...more
Nov 04, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
The Girl You Left Behind
it was amazing
It’s the winter of 1916 and the small French town of St Péronne is occupied by the Germans. With their husbands away at war, sisters Sophie and Hélène ...more
Jun 17, 2012
Jun 16, 2012
The Evolution of Inanimate Objects
really liked it
Harry Karlinsky comes across a name in the London Asylum records which piques his interest. Thomas Darwin. Was he any relation to Charles? He delves d ...more
Feb 18, 2012
Feb 10, 2012
The Paris Wife
liked it
At twenty-eight, Hadley Richardson doesn’t expect to marry. After breaking her legs as a child, she’s been sheltered by her family and then plagued by ...more
Nov 12, 2012
Oct 28, 2012
The Golden Mean
liked it
Set in ancient Greece circa 342 BC, The Golden Mean is the story of Aristotle's time with the young Alexander (soon to be Great). The great philosophe ...more
Aug 11, 2011
Jul 22, 2011
Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague
liked it
Based on historical events, Year of Wonders is the story of a small village in Derbyshire that quarantined itself when plague struck in 1665 to preven ...more
Jun 26, 2011
Jan 18, 2010
The Ballroom
really liked it
1911 was a time when the asylum wasn’t necessarily the worst option, indeed some of the poorest people actually tried to get committed so they would b ...more
Jan 17, 2016
Dec 27, 2015
The Owl Killers
liked it
The year is 1321. In the isolated village of Ulewic, the people are ruled by the Owl Masters and the church. When a group of women set up a beguinage ...more
Feb 12, 2012
Nov 19, 2011
liked it
The ambiance of 18th century Paris comes seeping through the pages. One member at book group said she felt a bit nauseous because of the smell, it was ...more
Apr 12, 2015
Apr 15, 2012
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
really liked it
Thea has been sent away. It’s a punishment, removed from her family she loves so much and made to live amongst strangers. She has never known people o ...more
Dec 15, 2012
Nov 18, 2012
The Truth According to Us
liked it
What is history? Is it the facts that can be proven? What the privileged dictate? Or is it the stories told by the people who lived through it all? I ...more
Aug 27, 2015
Jun 28, 2015
The Confectioner's Tale
liked it
The Confectioner’s Tale switches back and forth between Paris 1910 and Cambridge 1988. In one half it’s about a woman doing some research into the pas ...more
May 06, 2015
Apr 11, 2015
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