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Book Review: A More Perfect Union by Tammye Huf

Book reviews By November 10, 2020 Tags: , , , No Comments

Tammye Huf’s debut novel A More Perfect Union is a remarkable love story—one inspired by that of her great great grandparents—between an Irish immigrant and a household slave he encounters on a Virginian plantation, and their attempt to overcome every obstacle and prejudice to be together. Henry O’Toole sails to America in 1848 to escape poverty and famine in Ireland,…

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Book Review: Your Still Beating Heart by Tyler Keevil

Book reviews By September 30, 2020 Tags: , , , No Comments

Tyler Keevil’s novel Your Still Beating Heart begins with a random and unimaginable tragedy, which dramatically alters the trajectory of one woman’s life, and those she’ll now encounter along the way. All it takes to change your life is a single moment. A random stabbing on a London bus leaves a young woman widowed and detached from her previous world. Stripped of a…

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Book review: Blackheath by Adam Baron

Book reviews By February 22, 2016 Tags: , , No Comments

Adam Baron’s novel Blackheath is blackly comic and almost forensic in its detail: he lifts the roof on middle class urbanites who appear to have it all, examining the lives of two families in particular and fully exposing them to the reader. You see their thought processes take shape as they (often silently) voice their daily concerns; watch them manoeuvre…

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eBook Review: A Quiet Winter by Isabel Ashdown

Book reviews By December 10, 2015 Tags: , , , , No Comments

With all the other demands on your time during this Festive Season, your reading time might be taking a hit. I know mine certainly is with friends unreasonably expecting me not to snuggle up on my sofa with a stack of books and chocolate but to be sociable and go out with them instead. One excellent way of ensuring that…

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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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