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  1. I'd happily go through the Amazon banner however I'm in France and post Brexit am naturally buying everything through Amazon France. If I clicked on the banner and then click again at the bottom of the page to the French site would you get the kickback?
  2. I definitely want to keep it going! I'm not very confident about reviewing, I don't think I do it well, but I'd make a real effort to do a lot more.
  3. What a shame. I've always loved this group and have discovered lots of really good books.
  4. 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
  5. You lucky thing! Deeply envious!
  6. Paris by Starlight - Robert Dinsdale
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. Before the Lamps went Out - Esme Wingfield-Stratford (my grandfather)
  10. 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.
  11. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce
  12. The Known World - Edward ┬ĘP Jones
  13. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe - Douglas Adams
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel (People had already been used Madeleine, so I carried on from Chuntzy)
  18. We're in full lockdown too in France. During the first lockdown there was a lot of surprise at how willing the French were to obey the rules, I don't think this time there's going to be anything like so much willing compliance. What's allowed to stay open and what isn't is weird. Bookshops are closd, though they are allowed to do click and collect, but alternative therapists such as reflexologists are able to stay open. You can't go more than a km from your home when exercising - doesn't matter for me who lives in the depths of the vines but doesn't seem logical for people in towns who may be
  19. We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson
  20. I've published through Kindle Direct (I took back the rights of my books when the publisher decided not to reprint any more), and revised them for Kindle. It's very straightforward. A good cover is vital and a cover which is adapted for thumbnails on the internet. Do some research about the ones that really catch your eye. You can't publish with anyone else like Lulu or the others if you want 30% royalties. Publicity is key and is very hard work. It's a chicken and egg situation, it's hard to get yourself on the book promotion sites unless you have a certai
  21. Two sisters are in the house when their father is murdered. They accuse each other and both are put on trial. Which one did it? The plot of this book is preposterous but my goodness is it a page turner, so the co-incidences and unlikelihoods simply don't matter. It's very skillfully written, you really don't know which of the sisters did it, there are red herrings galore, until the author choses to let you know, and the main narrator Edie, ex-con man turned lawyer, is engaging. I hadn't heard of Steve Cavangh before, will definitely be reading more of his books.
  22. Last Train from Liguria - Christine Dwyer Hickey
  23. House of Spirits - Isabel Allende (following on from Daughters of the House - Michele Roberts )
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