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The Next Step in the Dance by Tim Gautreaux
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Set in the swamplands of Louisiana this is the story of Colette, a highly determined and ambitions bank employee and her husband Paul, who is quite happy with his life as a machinist and has no ambition beyond being able to go to a bar and have a bee ...more
Jayne Charles and 39 other people liked switterbug (Betsey)'s review of Gold:
Gold by Chris Cleave
"Reviewers who have read LITTLE BEE will feel compelled to compare the two books, not in subject matter, but in caliber or merit. LITTLE BEE was a powerful, keen, fresh, and original story that remains one of my most esteemed of 2009. GOLD has a si..." Read more of this review »
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Gold by Chris Cleave
Gold
by Chris Cleave (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2016
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You can trust Chris Cleave to come up with something that's fast moving and entertaining whilst being just slightly offbeat without being pretentious. Here he comes up with a novel about sport that I reckon even non-sports fans could enjoy. What coul ...more
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Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty
Whatever You Love
by Louise Doughty
read in May, 2016
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This is the other side of all those crime novels that focus on the investigation and pay lip service to the grieving relatives, keeping it clinical so we can feel OK about being entertained by it. Here we have an in-depth examination of grief, starti ...more
Jayne Charles and 30 other people liked Kinga's review of May We Be Forgiven:
May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes
"If there was ever a novel in serious need of plot speed-bumps such as weather descriptions, it’s this one. You would think that in a 500 page novel the author would take her time and let things unravel slowly. No, not Homes. It was a crazy ride in..." Read more of this review »
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May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes
May We Be Forgiven
by A.M. Homes
read in May, 2016
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This reminded me of the small print on mobile phone app advertisements that say "sequence shortened". Most of the things that happen seem to happen outside of the normal inhibiting factors of practicality, convention and good sense. The whole adoptio ...more
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Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian
Skeletons at the Feast
by Chris Bohjalian (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2016
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A bleak and often shocking depiction of Germany at the end of WWII, seen through the eyes of a German family fleeing the advancing Red Army, a Jew who has escaped transportation, a British POW and a French Jew in a labour camp. It would be fair to sa ...more
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Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle by Geoff Le Pard
Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle
by Geoff Le Pard (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2016
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I'm quite wary of indie-published books (which this clearly is - just from the bright white of the paper), having encountered far too much sloppy editing in the past, but this one made me laugh twice in the first two pages and so it was sold.

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
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I always think there must be a special skill in writing a book which basically depicts a journey. How do you stop it becoming samey, or morphing into a travelogue? There were no worries here, as pensioner Harold sets off walking to the post office an ...more
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