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It took some time getting into this book but when I did it turned out to be a very emotional read. It's the start of WWII and a group of promising musicians escapes Germany and moves to France. Before long the Germans invade Paris and all their hopes shatter. It is a time of betrayal and fear. Years later the friends have to come to terms with each other and with what happened in those dark days.

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squirrelbrain Great review! And I love the pic - looks a bit wild though judging by the little figure trying to hang onto their umbrella! 4w
Cinfhen Ohhhh!! You persevered and you were rewarded!!! I‘m still not sure I want to try again but props to you!!! 4w
Cinfhen Hahaha @squirrelbrain I didn‘t even notice that person in the background 😂 4w
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BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen 😂Yes It was raining and stormy at that moment (which is a few days ago since it took some time to read the book.. 😉) 4w
vivastory I just read a review of the new Iain Reid & I thought of you. I know you're a big fan! There are so many fantastic new releases out right now. It's a good problem to have. 4w
BarbaraBB @vivastory Thanks, it‘s always so long before news of American releases reach me. But I am off now to check that new Reid! What other releases should I chase?? 4w
vivastory I'm not sure which of these would be of interest to you, but I'm really looking forward to the two new Cormac McCarthy books, George Saunders short story collection, new Orhan Pamuk novel, & Alan Moore story collection. 4w
BarbaraBB @vivastory Thanks so much, the McCarthy‘s and Pamuk do sound ao appealing! I‘ll find out more about them! Thanks again!! 🤍 4w
Megabooks It sounds quite emotional. I didn‘t realize Reid had a new one @vivastory . I‘m in line for the McCarthy at the library. 4w
CarolynM I‘ve had this on my shelf for years but never got around to it. One day… 4w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM I know what you mean! 4w
Centique I really enjoyed this one too! 3w
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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is an exploration of identity, including the political, personal, cultural, linguistic, and artistic, whether it be claimed, foisted, or lost.

What a novel and what fantastic narration!

Definitely speaks to the senseless nature of political violence. 😠

Jas16 Great review! 2mo
Tamra @Jas16 thanks! The weird thing is her first novel is not at all appealing to me. 🤔 2mo
charl08 Such a great book. I was surprised it wasn't shortlisted for the #Booker 2mo
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jlhammar Agreed! Great review. I enjoyed her first novel, but not nearly as much as this one. I loved this and was so disappointed that it didn't make the Booker Prize shortlist. 2mo
BarbaraBB Happy you loved it! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I have started this on audio ages ago… must get back to it. 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
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The Nice and the Good | Iris Murdoch
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MicheleinPhilly 10 out of 14! Not too shabby! 2mo
charl08 I'd say half were lucky guesses 😆 2mo
CarolynM 7/14. I did well on the questions with an antipodean connection, otherwise truly terrible! 2mo
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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Just squeaked in with The Trees.
My favourites (of the ones I've read).


BarbaraBB I haven‘t read Seven Moons yet. Am looking forward to it! 3mo
sarahbarnes Good list! 3mo
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Man Booker Prize | Frederic P Miller, Agnes F Vandome, John McBrewster
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The bottom row is my personal favorites from the books I‘ve read -
I still have Glory, Seven Moons & Case Study to read, which I think all three might have a good chance to make the #BookerShortlist22 based on the buzz I‘m hearing/ seeing

I also think Maps & Nightcrawling might be there but I couldn‘t finish Maps.
In all honesty I don‘t think Oh William or Booth will make the list.

Excited to see the judges picks😍

Ruthiella I agree that Booth and Oh William probably won‘t make the shortlist. I‘m actually still annoyed that American author are now allowed to complete. 3mo
Cinfhen Ooops I forgot to tag a few #Booker friends @batsy @vivastory @JamieArc - sorry 3mo
Megabooks I‘ve got to read The Colony! 3mo
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TrishB I‘ve read 2 of your choices and have The Colony ready. 3mo
Cinfhen Right now my favorite is The Colony @TrishB @Megabooks @Ruthiella 3mo
Hazel2019 I haven‘t read Booth or Oh, William! And I won‘t get to them before the announcement. I‘ll make sure to get to all this year though if not before the winner announcement. 3mo
BarbaraBB I am reading Booth now and am looking forward to Trust. The others I read and loved too. 3mo
squirrelbrain We have 4 the same, and whilst I liked both Booth and Oh William, I too agree that they probably won‘t make the shortlist. @Ruthiella 3mo
jlhammar I like your favorites! Almost identical to mine (5/6). I might have to give Trust a go if it makes the shortlist. 3mo
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Tomorrow and Case Study are ongoing; I hope to finish both this week. If I do then I‘ll make a start on Trust.

I started Treacle Walker on audio this morning, but only listened to about 15 minutes. (Having said that, it‘s less than 2 hours anyway)

After that I‘m undecided whether to use this month‘s Audible credit on Glory… I‘m not sure if it‘s my thing but can‘t get it for ‘free‘ anywhere else.

Have a good week everyone!

Cinfhen Lots of #Booker progress!!! 4mo
TrishB Good plan 👍🏻 4mo
Megabooks Have a great week!! 💜 4mo
Cathythoughts Looks good 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
Ruthiella I‘m super curious about Glory! I liked but didn‘t love her debut We Need New Names and allegory often isn‘t my thing… 4mo
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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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“… the worst that could have happened was already behind him; the thing not done, which could have been…”

I had neve heard of the so called Magdalen Laundries, institutes usually run by Catholic orders, housing “fallen women” who were forced to labor there. The last one was shut down in 1996!

This little novella is set during Christmas and while also being quite atmospheric, packs a punch.

Copying @squirrelbrain tags for the #BookerPrize2022

Cathythoughts The Magdalen laundries were a terrible crime committed in this country. 4mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts I researched a bit after finishing the book and am shocked by its scope and how long it went on! 4mo
Cathythoughts It‘s awful, the pain will go on for a long time. 4mo
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batsy I think the first time I heard of such an institution was in a James Joyce short story. The book sounds harrowing but very good; I've seen nothing but praise. Lovely review and picture! 4mo
TrishB I definitely wanted this to be longer! 4mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB Yes I could have read much more about the convent and the family too. 4mo
Cinfhen Agreed, for such a slim book it packs a powerful punch. Also GORGEOUS sea & sky💙💙💙 4mo
JamieArc Lovely photo. There is a film about it (fiction) called The Magdalene Sisters. It came out in 2002. That‘s where I learned about it. 4mo
Tamra I loved this one too! 4mo
BarbaraBB @JamieArc Thanks! I‘ll look for that one! 4mo
squirrelbrain Great review Barbara! Tagging @Hazel2019 too, who is also reading the #booker longlist. 4mo
jlhammar That water! Gorgeous. I'm glad it was a pick for you. I am just in awe of her writing. What she can manage with so few words. I read this one back in March and it will be among my favorite reads of the year. 4mo
charl08 A wonderful book. I'm trying to catch up with her other writing, so many lovely stories. 4mo
BarbaraBB @jlhammar I want to read Foster too now! 4mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Hazel2019 Thanks! I‘ll remember that, planning to read many more nominated books! (edited) 4mo
Hazel2019 It is so heartbreaking how these women and children were treated and the thousands that perished 💔 4mo
Ruthiella Next to The Trees, this is the only other Booker 2022 longlister I have already read. It is a harrowing read, especially knowing that it is based in fact. 4mo
sarahbarnes Great review and pic! I have this one from the library and am looking forward to it. 4mo
BarbaraBB @Hazel2019 It really is heartbreaking. How could I not have known about this? 4mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I read The Trees too, of course (ToB) and loved it. I also read Oh William, which I loved too. Are you planning on reading the longlist? 4mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I don‘t think I will tackle the longlist but maybe the short list? It‘s a good list though. I might just see what‘s available at the library? 4mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella It‘s such a good list it reminds me of the #ToB 😉 4mo
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China Room | Sunjeev Sahota
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22-28 Jul 22 #Booker longlist 13
Didn‘t finish before this year‘s announcement, but I did make it before this year‘s list started arriving.
I found this, set in Punjab in 1929 and in 1999, one of the most compelling. The writing was simple and the two primary characters - Mehar, the 15 yo sent off to an arranged marriage, and her young grandson, a recovering heroin addict - were interesting. The ending of Mehar‘s story was, however, unsatisfying.

The Fortune Men | Nadifa Mohamed
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16 Jun-16 Jul 2022
#Booker longlist 12
A story of the prejudices and injustices experienced by a Somali living in Wales who is accused of murdering a white woman.
I did not realise this was based on a true story until towards the end. It was a little slow to start but I did warm to Mahood and found myself denying his inevitable fate until the end.

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10 Mar-27 May 22
#Booker longlist 11
This took a long time to finish. Admittedly, I did read a 700+ page guidebook to WDW, auction our house and move, but I certainly lost momentum part way through.

Klara is an Artificial Friend with strong observation skills who watches life go by from a store window, hoping for someone to buy her. When they do, she loves her owners and tries incessantly to please them.
Interesting, but ultimately unsatisfying.