Category Archives: Book Reviews: General

Librarian Recommended Reads : The quiet spectacular by Laurence Fearnley

Three strong female characters. One teen with an overbearing mother, one school librarian and one ex-business woman in mourning for her dead sister. The characters are introduced in separate chapters in the beginning. So when they meet at the end … Continue reading

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The unbearable dreamworld of Champa the driver by Chan Koonchung

SEX, LIES, AND ROCKY ROADS . Life is simple for Champa. He has a good job as a chauffeur in his hometown of Lhasa, and if his Chinese boss Plum is a little domineering, well, he can understand that – … Continue reading

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The Italian wife by Kate Furnivall

Italy, 1932 — Mussolini’s Italy is growing from strength to strength, but at what cost? One bright autumn morning, architect Isabella Berotti sits at a cafe in the vibrant centre of Bellina, when a woman she’s never met asks her … Continue reading

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The Bookshop That Floated Away by Sarah Henshaw

In early 2009 a strange sort of business plan landed on the desk of a pinstriped bank manager. It had pictures of rats and moles in rowing boats and archaic quotes about Cleopatra’s barge. It asked for a £30,000 loan … Continue reading

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Cavendon Hall by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Cavendon Hall is home to two families, the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns who serve them. Charles Ingham, the sixth Earl of Mowbray, lives there with his wife Felicity and their six children. Walter Swann, the premier male of the … Continue reading

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Cecelia Ahern – General Fiction

Cecelia Ahern is an Irish writer who is best known for her light hearted novels which are sometimes placed in the ‘Chick Lit’ genre. Many of her novels are based around modern relationship issues, and a few even have mysterious undertones. Great to pack … Continue reading

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Kimberley Freeman (General fiction – historical & Australian related)

Kimberley Freeman was born in London, but grew up Australia. She teaches critical and creative writing at the University of Queensland, and writes a selection of general fiction, most of which have a historical or Australian theme. She has written … Continue reading

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