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Allie Cresswell

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I have been writing stories since I could hold a pencil and by the time I was in Junior School I was writing copiously and sometimes almost legibly.

It was at this time that I had the difference between fiction and lies forcefully impressed upon me, after penning a long and entirely spurious account of my grandfather’s death and funeral.....

The teacher had permitted it as being good therapy for bereavement whereas in fact it was only a good excuse to get out of learning my multiplication tables (something I have never achieved).

Clearly I was forgiven. For for my next birthday I asked for a stack of writing paper and my parents obliged, it being more easily obtained and wrapped than a pony.

A BA in English and Drama at Birmingham University w
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Intriguing time shift novel with history, magic and romance

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series but the writer left enough story threads unresolved to ensure I’d want to read the sequel.
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Stupendously good

This book is humanity on the page. There is humour, tragedy, suffering and survival. It made me proud to be a human, and also ashamed that I live in a world where people - lovely, caring, generous people - can be so stigmatised, ostr
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On the face of it this is a book about some kind of post apocalypse world where disease and contamination have infected the earth. A family of man, woman and three daughters have established a safe zone on
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A story about occupied France.

I enjoyed this book which described the great suffering in France following the occupation.
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Love in an English Garden by Victoria Connelly
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A charming story of love after loss.

This was a sweet and undemanding story set in an English stately home. It’s a clean romance, which I know some readers really appreciate but personally I found it a little restrained. That aside, it made for an en
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If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor
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Extraordinary. The best book I have read in ages.

One hot summer day on an ordinary street something shocking happens. Life goes on, of course, for the residents now distributed in other unremarkable places. But that day, that moment, acts as a fulcr
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The Murder of Harriet Monckton by Elizabeth Haynes
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Interesting story inspired by real life events

This book was unlike the other book by Haynes I have read and in some ways I liked it better but in other ways I didn’t think it was as compelling.
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The beauty of the ordinary

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