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Book Review: The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

Book reviews By August 21, 2019 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

Christy Lefteri’s own experiences of working as a volunteer with refugees in Athens inspired and inform her moving and thought-provoking novel, The Beekeeper of Aleppo. Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo – until the unthinkable happens. When all they care…

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Book Review: The Winker by Andrew Martin

Book reviews By August 19, 2019 Tags: , , , No Comments

Set in the heatwave summer of 1976 and moving between London’s Soho, Oxford, Paris and the South of France, Andrew Martin’s latest novel The Winker is a world away from his previous one, end of the 18th century York-set Soot, reviewed here. London, 1976. In Belgravia in the heat of summer, Lee Jones, a faded and embittered rock star, is…

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Book Review: The Daughter of Hardie by Anne Melville

Book reviews By August 15, 2019 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Anne Melville’s The Daughter of Hardie is the second book in The Hardie Family series and follows on from The House of Hardie which I reviewed on the blog last month. It focuses on Gordon and Lucy’s children and, as the title suggests, their daughter, Grace. Grace Hardie has grown up in a sweeping estate on the outskirts of Oxford. But her…

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Book Review: Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Book reviews By August 13, 2019 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Mary Beth Keane’s Ask Again, Yes is the story of two families, neighbours in upstate New York, and how life can change in an instant but may take a generation before things begin to heal. Gillam, upstate New York: a town of ordinary, big-lawned suburban houses. The Gleesons have recently moved there and soon welcome the Stanhopes as their new…

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Book Review: The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney

Book reviews By August 8, 2019 Tags: , , No Comments

JP Delaney’s novel The Perfect Wife is an unnerving, skewed story of grief, our obsession with perfection and that with work, AI and our digital footprints, relationship double standards, and conflicting child-rearing approaches. Abbie wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of how she got there. The man by her side explains that he’s her husband. He’s a titan…

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