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4:20pm Thursday 15th September 2011
IF it’s true that one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, it’s equally true that judging a book by its title is a mistake, and When God Was a Rabbit provides convincing evidence to support the theory.
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SECRETS, deception and betrayal lie at the heart of Lesley Glaister’s 12th novel, Chosen, a book that pulls off the trick of being both readable and thought-provoking, marrying as it does great writing with the pace and tension of the best thrillers.
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This month’s choice is A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore TASSIE Keltjin escapes the loneliness and intellectual sterility of life on her father’s small potato farm to go to college in Troy, “the Athens of the Midwest” where, with the defection of her roommate to a boyfriend’s place, she discovers loneliness of a different kind.
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7:00am Saturday 9th January 2010
WHEN 16-year-old Little Bee is inexplicably released from the Black Hill Immigration Removal Centre after two years, all she has to help her navigate her way through freedom is her hard-won command of the Queen’s English – “to survive you must look good or talk good. I decided that talking would be safer for me” – and an Englishman’s driving licence and phone number.
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9:55am Wednesday 11th November 2009
WHEN Greg Mortenson took the wrong path as he descended from a failed attempt on the Himalayan summit of K2, it was a mistake which transformed his life and the lives of thousands of children in the isolated villages of Northern Pakistan and Afghanistan.
11:58am Thursday 8th October 2009
COINCIDENCE plays quite a large part in Kate Atkinson’s latest novel, When Will There Be Good News?, which once again features laconic ex-soldier, ex-policeman, ex-private eye Jackson Brodie, but such is Atkinson’s skill that she escapes any sense of contrivance.
1:53pm Thursday 10th September 2009
MARRIAGE to Martin Pendleton is something of a leap in the dark for Claire, a young British woman desperate to “escape the dark interior of her house, her bitter mother railing against everything...and an uninspiring job as a filing girl in an insurance company”.
1:38pm Thursday 6th August 2009
Balram Halwai, the white tiger of the title of this month’s Book Group selection by Aravind Agida, decides from the moment a school inspector gives him the name of white tiger, the rarest of beasts, that he will fulfil his destiny and escape the poverty of The Darkness and the destiny mapped out for him as a waiter in a tea shop.
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FANS of crime fiction will be fascinated, intrigued and delighted by Kate Summerscale’s The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or The Murder at Road Hill House, a book which combines a riveting account of one of the most notorious murders of the Victorian age with a gripping history of the birth of the detective, the development of the detective novel and an illuminating expose of the mores of the age.
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3:02pm Monday 10th November 2008
THIS month's book group selection is Resistance by Abergavenny-born author, Owen Sheers IT is 1944, the D-Day landings have failed and while large swathes of Britain are occupied, London is still resisting the invading forces.
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THIS month’s selection is Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns, the second novel from the author of the best-selling The Kite Runner, and like its predecessor, a book that doesn’t relinquish its grip on the reader until the last page is turned.
1:10pm Thursday 8th May 2008
THOUGH the title suggests a traditional thriller and it does open with a brutal murder in the car park of a Suffolk seaside town, Something Might Happen is a million miles from a conventional murder mystery......
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George Hall is 57, happily enjoying his retirement building a studio in the garden where he will paint. But then, as he stands in a fitting room in Allders in Croydon, trying on a suit to wear to Bob Green's funeral, he discovers a lesion on his hip and immediately fears the worst.
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