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The Little Emperors
5.00
it was amazing

The Little Emperors is set in Britain at the beginning of the fifth century and tells the story of Felix, governor of Britannia Prima, an industrious
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Oct 29, 2016
Oct 30, 2016
 
Clariel (Abhorsen, #4)
3.79
it was amazing
A prequel to Abhorsen, Garth Nix's hugely-successful YA fantasy series, Clariel features the same compelling storytelling, the same vivid world-buildi ...more
not set
Oct 12, 2014
 
The Master Butchers Singing Club
4.03
it was ok
Fidelis, a German veteran of the First World War, emigrates to the United States where he sets up a butcher's shop in North Dakota and becomes involve ...more
Dec 30, 2013
Dec 30, 2013
 
Everyone Brave is Forgiven
3.80
it was amazing

Set in the early years of WW2, Everyone Brave Is Forgiven is the story of Mary, the daughter of an MP, who rushes back from Finishing School when war
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not set
May 30, 2016
 
Hannah's Dress: Berlin 1904-2014
3.71
really liked it
In Hannah's Dress Pascale Hugues, a French journalist living in Berlin, investigates the history of her street which at the beginning of the twentieth ...more
not set
Mar 12, 2017
 
Affinity
3.73
it was amazing
Another of Sarah Waters' wonderful neo-Victorian confections, Affinity is the story of thirty year old Margaret, intellectual, spinster and failed sui ...more
not set
Dec 15, 2014
 
The Other Side of the World
3.26
it was amazing
Set in the mid nineteen sixties this is the story of Charlotte a young, talented painter, struggling with the demands of motherhood and the pressures ...more
Jul 28, 2015
Jul 28, 2015
 
Elizabeth Is Missing
3.70
it was amazing
This is the story of Maud, the ultimate unreliable narrator, an elderly woman suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and obsessed with the absence of her ...more
not set
Jul 14, 2014
 
The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1)
4.01
it was amazing
The story of Don, forty year old autistic academic, who embarks on a systematic search for a life-partner, The Rosie Project is a compulsively readabl ...more
Aug 02, 2014
Aug 02, 2014
 
Munich
3.96
it was amazing
Robert Harris has been described as a thriller writer but I don't think that really does him justice. What he does is find the humanity in big histori ...more
Oct 06, 2017
Oct 06, 2017
 
City of Women
3.80
it was amazing
Set in 1943, when Hitler's plans are finally beginning to unravel, City Of Women is the story of Sigrid a middle-aged woman whose husband is fighting ...more
Dec 24, 2013
Dec 24, 2013
 
Red Joan
3.90
it was amazing
At the age of eighty-five Joan Stanley is unmasked as a Cold War spy who passed secrets about the production of the atomic bomb to the Russians. Durin ...more
not set
Jun 08, 2014
 
Life of Pi
3.88
it was ok
When a zoo in Pondicherry, India, run by Pi Patel's father, has to close, Pi sets out with his family and many of the animals to travel to Canada by b ...more
Feb 23, 2013
Feb 23, 2013
 
The Museum of You
3.85
it was amazing
Carys Bray writes literary fiction about the kind of people that literary fiction often ignores. Her first novel featured a Mormon family falling apar ...more
not set
Jun 29, 2016
 
Only Say the Word
3.91
it was amazing
A story about a writer living in the West of Ireland mourning the death of his wife and struggling to deal with its impact on his children, Niall Will ...more
Feb 16, 2015
Feb 19, 2015
 
The Night Guest
3.45
really liked it
A debut novel that has been appearing on lists of the year's best fiction, The Night Visitor is the story of Ruth, an elderly widow living alone by th ...more
Dec 04, 2014
Dec 05, 2014
 
The Double Life of Cora Parry
3.27
it was amazing
The Double Life Of Cora Parry is another title in the Gothic revival that continues to flourish in publishing for young people. It’s the story of an e ...more
not set
Dec 05, 2010
 
Armadillo
3.56
did not like it
Armadillo is the story of Lorimer a.k.a. Milo, an insomniac loss adjuster with a personality crisis and an obsession with collecting antique helmets w ...more
Aug 16, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
 
Our Endless Numbered Days
3.66
liked it
Convinced that the world is going to be destroyed in some apocalyptic scenario, eight-year-old Peggy's father takes her to a forest wilderness in Bava ...more
not set
Jan 21, 2016
 
The World Below
3.55
it was amazing
In San Fransisco fifty-two year old Catherine is attempting to remake her life after the collapse of her second marriage. When her aunt dies, Catherin ...more
Aug 21, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
 
Stardust
4.08
it was amazing
One of the delights of Neil Gaiman's books is that they are all so different though each one bears his trademark of inventiveness, humour and narrativ ...more
not set
Jul 30, 2010
 
An Officer and a Spy
4.14
it was amazing
An Officer and a Spy is a fictionalisation of the Dreyfus Affair, a scandal that rocked France at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the t ...more
Nov 10, 2013
Nov 11, 2013
 
The Fall of the West: The Death of the Roman Superpower
3.93
it was amazing
Beginning with the death of Marcus Aurelius and the accession of the administratively incompetent megalomaniac Commodus, Goldsworthy seeks to explain ...more
not set
Jan 19, 2016
 
Tell it to the Bees
3.81
it was amazing
Set in a small northern town in the nineteen fifties, Tell It To The Bees is the story of Charlie whose utterly self-absorbed father walks out on his ...more
not set
Dec 15, 2009
 
Sword at Sunset
4.05
really liked it
Sword At Sunset is an a retelling of the Arthurian legend with the emphasis on realism. Arthur, or Artos as he is here known, is a warlord struggling ...more
Oct 17, 2010
Oct 17, 2010
 
A Place Called Winter
4.09
it was amazing
Set initially in London at the beginning of the twentieth century, A Place Called Winter is the story of Harry Cane, a conventional married man, quite ...more
not set
Jul 27, 2016
 
Their Finest Hour and a Half
3.59
it was amazing
The setting of Their Finest Hour And A Half does not, on the face of it, sound tremendously promising. It’s the story of a group of individuals involv ...more
not set
Aug 16, 2010
 
Stoner
4.28
it was amazing
William Stoner is an only child who grows up on a farm in rural America in the early years of the twentieth century. His parents are persuaded by the ...more
Apr 15, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
 
Archangel
3.77
it was amazing
Set in Yeltsin's Russia, Archangel is an intellingent, tightly-plotted literary page-turner, revolving around the discovery of a secret notebook belon ...more
not set
Jan 10, 2010
 
Dark Places
3.92
it was amazing
When Libby Day was seven years old, her entire family was massacred one night in what seemed like a Satanic ritual killing. She only escaped by hiding ...more
Jun 02, 2013
Jun 02, 2013
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