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The Valentine House

By Emma Henderson - Published 2018

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Saga

The Valentine house, a wooden chalet overlooking the valley of Hext in the French Alps, is given the Greek name “Arete” (meaning excellence ...Read Review

Madness Is Better than Defeat

By Ned Beauman - Published 2018

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This book opens in 1938 Manhattan, where a wrestler struggles with an octopus in a water-filled tank. From there we quickly move on to ...Read Review

Walking Wounded

By Sheila Llewellyn - Published 2018

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This is a shocking book, and I hope you will read it and be suitably shocked. It is set in a military psychiatric ...Read Review

The Brittle Star

By Davina Langdale - Published 2017

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Western

This is a dazzling debut about a young man in 1860s California. John Evert Burn is 16 when his ranch is attacked, his mother ...Read Review

The Fatal Tree

By Jake Arnott - Published 2017

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

London, the 1720s. The underworld here is known as ‘Romeville’, while the scaffold at Tyburn is ‘The Fatal Tree’. This is the story ...Read Review

Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was

By Sjón - By Victoria Cribb (trans.) - Published 2017

Genres:

Literary

This is a very short book, short even for a novella, translated from the Icelandic and set during the 1918 influenza epidemic in Reykjavik. ...Read Review

The Fortunes

By Peter Ho Davies - Published 2016

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LiterarySaga

This four-part literary blend of fact and fiction powerfully lays out the Chinese-American experience. In the 1860s, Ah Ling, son of a “ghost” (...Read Review

Napoleon’s Last Island

By Thomas Keneally - Published 2015Published 2016

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Biographical FictionLiterary

The story of Napoleon’s last years on Saint Helena is more legend than history to anyone who has studied history from an ...Read Review

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

By Chris Cleave - Published 2016

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This is a serious book about serious themes in serious times, written in a tragicomic style which easily lapses into facetiousness. It took ...Read Review

Now Is the Time

By Melvyn Bragg - Published 2015

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This magnificent novel of epic scope focuses on the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381: England’s largest popular uprising and the closest the country has ...Read Review

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