When All Is Said by Anne Griffin

When All Is Said is the story basically of one man, Maurice Hannigan, he is 84 years old and over the course of a Saturday night in June, orders five different drinks at the local hotel, the Rainford House.   The hotel is one of…

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January 2019 My Recommended Reads

Each month I'll pick out books that I've read and loved to tell you about. https://youtu.be/bYpZCx6ZUdw In this video I am recommending: Music, Love, Drugs and War by Geraldine Quigley Darkest Truth…

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Milkman by Anna Burns

Milkman is set in an unnamed town with unnamed characters and without chapters. It is an astonishing book in which issues such as stalking, power, community, religious divide and first love are…

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A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

What’s the book about? A chance encounter in a Berlin hotel with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann gives Maurice Swift and our lead character an opportunity to ingratiate himself with someone more powerful…

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Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain

Six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins dead. In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people's lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege…

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us…

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Educated by Tara Westover

If you asked me what was the best memoir I've read in the last year I would say Educated . This is a memoir about the author’s discovery of education, its transformative power and…

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The Hoarder by Jess Kidd

The mesmerising new novel from the winner of the Costa Short Story Award is a joy to read. Set in modern-day London and Dorset, this is a novel about life, death and unlikely…

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There There by Tommy Orange

Jacquie Red Feather and her sister Opal grew up together, relying on each other during their unsettled childhood. As adults they were driven apart, but Jacquie is newly sober and trying to…

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Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

Any book that has one body but six murders needs to be written at a pace and Ragdoll does that brilliantly. It has action, a conflicted detective where at one crime scene…

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