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  1. What a shame. I've always loved this group and have discovered lots of really good books.
  2. It's the early 1990's. Edvard has been brought up by his taciturn grandfather on a Norwegian hill farm since his parents died mysteriously in a Franch wood and the 4 year old Edvard disappeared, presumed abducted, and was found 4 days later. There are things grandfather doesn't talk about, like the small copse of trees that belonged to his estranged brother, Edvard's parents, the war and after his death Edvard begins to untangle the mystery of his parents' death and his disappearance, going to Shetland and France. This makes it sound all rather like a conventional family saga but i
  3. You lucky thing! Deeply envious!
  4. Paris by Starlight - Robert Dinsdale
  5. 1. Begin Again - Ursula Orange **** 2. A Single Thread - Tracy Chevalier ****1/2 3. The Left Handed Booksellers - Garth Nix**** 4. The Sixteen Trees of the Somme - Lars Mitterling ***** 5. All The Ever Afters - Danielle Teller DNF 6 The Last Painting of Sara de Voss -Dominic Smith **** 7. The Burning Jane Casey **** 8. Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout ****1/2 9. Snow Song - Sally Gardner ***1/2 10. Trust - Chris Hammer ****1/2 11. On Chael Sands - Laura Cummings ****1/2 12. The Thursday Murder Club - Richard Osman ***** 13. The Sec
  6. Frankly Madeleine I'd have to be on a 10 hour flight with not even the safety card to look at before I'd try another of her books.
  7. Before the Lamps went Out - Esme Wingfield-Stratford (my grandfather)
  8. In the spirit of why the group was launched, warnings as well as recommendations here's one: don't bother with this book. The plot is ludicrous, the writing leaden, the characters sterotypes and co-incidences abound. Agatha Christie could get away with this sort of thing, Lucy Foley can't. You can probably guess that I didn't like it.
  9. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce
  10. The Known World - Edward ┬ĘP Jones
  11. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe - Douglas Adams
  12. This is one of the most stunning books that I've read in a long time. I've read other books about brave and stoic people getting through horrifying and dangerous situations but this is in a different league entirely. The author writes in hs forward that he was able to talk to surviving members of the expedition (it was written in the late 50's) and several of them allowed him to read their diaries and quote from them which makes the narrative, an incredible one by any standards, feel intensely personal and immediate. All I can say, is read it. It doesn't matter if you have absolut
  13. The only Hemmingway I've ever enjoyed was A Moveable Feast, which I was informed by a Hemmingway afficionado, is not "real Hemmingway". Too enjoyable I suppose. I loathed For Whom the Bell Tolls, not just because of the dryness of his style but because he seems to relish the atrocities he describes. One of the reasons I flatly refused to read The Sun Also Rises when it was suggested for the book club especially as it's about bull fights and Iknow Hemmingway loved them.
  14. This was another book read as a teenager at my grandmother's distinctly gothic house. I loved it. Thanks for reminding me of it Luna I must find a copy to give to my daughters.
  15. Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel (People had already been used Madeleine, so I carried on from Chuntzy)
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