The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
Nov20

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

The Story of a New Name is the second book in the Neopolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante. I read the first part, My Brilliant Friend, in the summer and really enjoyed it. So I rushed out and bought books 2 and 3, then for some reason didn’t get round to reading them. Since reading The Story of a New Name I have also bought the final book in the quartet. The Story of a New Name is set in Naples in the early 1960s and continues the...

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Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Nov06

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge became the must-read of the summer. The book was published in 2017, but had a big surge in popularity this year. White people wanted to know where they were going wrong and how they could be more supportive to black people. I’m a bit late to the party here,...

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Half a World Away by Mike Gayle
Oct30

Half a World Away by Mike Gayle

I bought Half a World Away by Mike Gayle in the summer, after seeing lots of positive reviews on social media. Then somehow it took me a long time to get round to reading it. I think I’ve read one Mike Gayle book before, way back when my kids were small, and I don’t even remember what it was. Mike Gayle is quite unusual in that he is a male author, but writing books which read very much like a Jane Green or a Jodi Picoult....

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The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Oct23

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

I spotted The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman in the bookshop window when it was published a few weeks ago. There is something very appealing about the title and the cover and I knew I would love it. Then I watched Richard Osman’s online Cheltenham Literature Festival session a couple of weeks back and I just had to read it. Luckily, my mum had a copy. So I borrowed it. The Thursday Murder Club is set in a retirement...

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Anne of the Island by L M Montgomery
Oct16

Anne of the Island by L M Montgomery

Anne of the Island by L M Montgomery is the third book in the wonderful Anne of Green Gables series. In Anne of the Island, Anne leaves the safety of Green Gables and Avonlea to go to Redmond College, along with her childhood friend, Gilbert Blythe. At Redmond, she discovers freedom and new friendships, particularly the frivolous Philippa Gordon. As she moves into her second year, Anne shares a house with three other girls. While they...

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Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith
Oct09

Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith

Troubled Blood is the fifth novel in the Cormoran Strike detective series by Robert Galbraith and it is an absolute triumph. (Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will know that Robert Galbraith is the literary alter-ego of JK Rowling.) Troubled Blood was published in September 2020 and it is a whopping 927 pages long, which makes it the longest book I’ve ever read. The previous record holder for longest book...

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