Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
Aug16

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

I first heard about the quirky Convenience Store Woman last year and knew I had to read it. I actually bought it with a voucher I got for my birthday in the autumn. Then I looked at the receipt and realised I’d spent £13 on a book with only 163 pages. I took it back. Luckily I spotted it in Sainsbury’s recently for a far more sensible £3.99. Convenience Store Woman is the story of Keiko. Keiko is 36-years-old and...

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Never Greener by Ruth Jones
Aug09

Never Greener by Ruth Jones

Never Greener is the debut novel by Gavin and Stacey and Stella creator, Ruth Jones. I love Gavin and Stacey (don’t we all?), so I had high hopes for it. It looked like it would be a good read for me over the summer, when I find I have less time to concentrate on a complicated plot line. Never Greener is the story of Kate and Callum. They first met in 1985, when Kate was a wannabe 22-year-old actress and Callum a married man of...

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With or Without You by Shari Low
Aug02

With or Without You by Shari Low

Generally speaking, I don’t read romantic fiction (with the exception of the Me Before You trilogy), but I read a review of With or Without You many months ago and thought I liked the sound of it. Then I bought the book and kept wondering what I’d done. Why had I bought this pink, girly book?! So I saved it until the summer to read. A couple of years ago, the realisation hit me that I find it hard to read books over the...

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Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
Jul26

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is one of my favourite books ever, so I was very excited to see he had written another – Bridge of Clay. And I wasn’t disappointed. (Apparently he has actually written six books, but strangely I have only read The Book Thief. I need to rectify that!) Bridge of Clay is the story of the five Dunbar boys – brothers who fight, but care for each other deeply. Narrated by eldest brother,...

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Dancing the Charleston by Jacqueline Wilson
Jul19

Dancing the Charleston by Jacqueline Wilson

We heard Jacqueline Wilson mention Dancing the Charleston the last time we saw her at Cheltenham Literature Festival nearly two years ago (we’ve seen her three times). So I knew we had to buy it as soon as I saw it in Waterstones. My daughter has loved Jacqueline Wilson for as long as I can remember. She’s 13 now, so she ‘should’ have grown out of her books by now, but does it really matter? Harry Potter books...

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Tangerine by Christine Mangan
Jul05

Tangerine by Christine Mangan

I hadn’t heard of Tangerine by Christine Mangan before, but my friend lent it to me and she has very good taste in books! It is described as a thriller, but it didn’t feel quite like that to me. Set in 1950s Tangier, in Morocco, young newlywed Alice is afraid to go out into the bustling streets. Her husband loves Tangier, but she hates the heat and is afraid of the people, so she stays indoors. Then one day she opens the...

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