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Book review: That Dark Remembered Day by Tom Vowler

Book reviews By June 19, 2014 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Tom Vowler’s second novel, That Dark Remembered Day, opens with what could be a recurring nightmare: a boy on the cusp of young adulthood gets off the school bus in Spring 1983, full of hope and fuzzy expectations and, on his way home, walks into something that quickly shatters that child’s happy innocence forever. The book then fast-forwards to Autumn…

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Book review: Summer of ’76 by Isabel Ashdown

Book reviews By July 8, 2013 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

On the day that Isabel Ashdown’s third and latest novel launched, London enjoyed the first real heat of the year. For a lot of people at the event, it seemed as if the weather had been specially ordered. There we all were, sweltering away, while celebrating the launch of Summer of ’76, a book set in the summer of record…

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Book review: Tony Hogan bought me an Ice Cream Float before he stole my Ma by Kerry Hudson

Book reviews By July 4, 2013 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

As unusual book titles go, Tony Hogan bought me an Ice Cream Float before he stole my Ma is right up there. Team that with a distinctive cover showing the silhouette of a jumping girl holding a red balloon on a blue background and I knew I wanted to read this debut novel even before its author, Kerry Hudson, dropped by here…

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