The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
Feb17

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

I first read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas myself years ago. It is a children’s book and it is a brilliant read. It is just as good for adults as for children. But the ending! Oh the ending… I never could have seen anything like that coming and it had me in absolute bits. I’ve rarely cried so much over the ending of a book. And, as I recall, I was sat in public watching swimming lessons at the time. My daughter is...

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Content Provider Selected Short Prose Pieces 2011-2016 by Stewart Lee
Feb10

Content Provider Selected Short Prose Pieces 2011-2016 by Stewart Lee

My husband hasn’t bought me a book as a present for YEARS. He says he has no idea what I like any more. But he bought me Content Provider by Stewart Lee for Christmas. We’ve been fans of Stewart Lee since the late 90s, when we loved him so much that we used to watch live recordings in London of his show This Morning with Richard not Judy with Richard Herring. More recently, we have found Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle...

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The Butterfly Club by Jacqueline Wilson
Feb03

The Butterfly Club by Jacqueline Wilson

A few months ago, my daughter and I went to see her favourite author, Jacqueline Wilson, speak at the Cheltenham Literature Festival for a second time. She talked mainly about her latest book, Clover Moon, set at the same time as the Hetty Feather books. She also talked about the other novels she’d published since her last appearance at the festival – Little Stars (currently the final book in the Hetty Feather series),...

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Mortal Causes by Ian Rankin
Jan27

Mortal Causes by Ian Rankin

Mortal Causes is the sixth book in the Insepctor Rebus series by Ian Rankin. I started reading the Rebus books last year, after my dad gave me a few, and I’m gradually working my way through the series. It is August and the Edinburgh Festival is in full swing, when the brutally tortured body of a teenage boy is found in the city’s ancient subterranean streets. The nature of his death means Rebus suspects a sectarian...

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Shoes for Anthony by Emma Kennedy
Jan13

Shoes for Anthony by Emma Kennedy

This isn’t my usual kind of book. But I absolutely loved it. I liked the sound of it from the blurb but, actually, the blurb really doesn’t do it justice. Shoes for Anthony is the story of an 11 year old boy living in poverty in a small town in Wales during World War II. The family is so poor he doesn’t have shoes, just a pair of hand-me-down wellies. The youngest of four children, his father and his brothers are...

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The Accident by C L Taylor
Jan06

The Accident by C L Taylor

I read C L Taylor’s The Lie back in 2015 and I couldn’t put it down, so when I spotted her first novel, The Accident, I thought I would give it a go. The blurb certainly makes it sound interesting – Sue’s teenage daughter, Charlotte, is in a coma after being hit by a bus. When Sue discovers her diary, she realises the accident may not have actually been an accident. Had Charlotte really tried to kill herself?...

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