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andrew61

Joined January 2017

I'm on GR at https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/11281092 and welcome litsy friends
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True Crime Story | Joseph Knox
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An interesting take on the crime novel. Joseph knox author, is also a character in what appears to be a true crime narrative, conducted through interviews by a female journalist Evelyn , who is also writing to knox for advice. Complicated yes but as we learn more about the disappearance of a Manchester University student ,Zoe, the twists and turns are compelling. I enjoyed reading a bk that pushes the boundaries of writing form and very readable

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These Days | Lucy Caldwell
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This is a well told story about 2 sisters who in 1941 Belfast experience 4 terrible days of bombing. The city is destroyed as Emma and Audrey's lives and future are also changed dramatically. I loved this novel which combines the emotional drama of family, love, and loss, with a picture of the horror of the blitz on a city whose story in the time is not much told. It also draws from many 1st hand stories which are tough to read but an excellent bk

charl08 Another fan here: great read. 1w
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Northern Spy: A Novel | Flynn Berry
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I rattled through this thriller at the weekend set in Belfast as a peace treaty may bring the end of the troubles. When bbc producer Tessa sees on a news flash an appeal for witnesses to a robbery she recognises her paramedic sister as one of the IRA gang . The ensuing story is a tense tale of where truth lies amidst conflicting loyalties. Certainly a page turner.

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Love in winter | Storm Jameson
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2nd in the trilogy ,set in 1924.Hervey Russell is again at the centre as she becomes romantically involved with her cousin, Nicholas, while both have unhappy marriages, + Hervey is still managing her child and working life. It also focuses on politics in the 20s pilloring the greed/corruption of bosses, press + establishment while poverty cripples working men. The1st Labour govt is also featured with the zinoviev letter.An Interesting read

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Lean Fall Stand | Jon McGregor
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The 1st part of this fits
#involvesanexploration #booked2022
as 3 men, on a geographical team at the antarctic are caught in a terrible wind storm. The story is a then different tale abt the older man Doc, + his wife who is used to his absence, managing his rehabilitation from a stroke.Macgregor writes brilliantly abt people + circumstances, his is a unique voice. And So my summer challenge ends
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

TrishB I need to get to this one 👍🏻 3w
Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Congrats 🍾🎊 I‘ve been meaning to read this book, sounds good!! Third quarter drawing is ready! Here‘s the short link: https://forms.gle/bAMN41GcdRfrHWTQ 3w
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A Terrible Kindness | Jo Browning Wroe
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The opening of this bk show the horror of the 1966 Aberfan tragedy through the eyes of young embalmer William. The story tells his life managing both his untold trauma, as well as a troubled childhood, his angelic voice as a chorister, the power of love +friendship. An incredibly moving story, sensitively told which left me bereft at the end. Such a sad piece of history.
#newin2022 #booked2022 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

TrishB That sounds 💔 4w
andrew61 @TrishB yes and I was just finishing it as they went to Aberfan on the news tonight about the impact on the Queen. Luckily I still have a glass left in my bottle to gather myself. Something lighter next I think. 4w
TrishB A much needed glass I bet! 4w
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A Town Called Solace | Mary Lawson
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The joy of challenges is picking up books you wd not have read to find an author you will like again , so with
#setinacanadianprovince #booked2022
The story by 3 narrators, a man recently split from his partner who moves to a house he inherits in a small ontario town, an 8 yr old girl whose sister is missing, + an elderly lady in a care home. Great storytelling + characters, + a gradual reveal
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen I‘ve already stacked this but now I REALLY want to read it!! Great review 🤩 4w
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Day of the Dead | Nicci French
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Among my weekend reading was the finale of the frieda klein series. Thuis has been a very enjoyable set of books in which the psychotherapist investigated numerous crimes but always with the shadow of the protagonist from bk 1, Dean Reeve, in the background. In the final episode the eventual clash builds to a thrilling climax. I do hope frieda returns one day.

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The Beginning of Spring | Penelope Fitzgerald
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This story set in 1913 Russia is seet over a few weeks. Frank Reid, an English industrialist, who has lived most of his life in this country on the cusp of dramatic change, returns home to find his wife Nellie having left him to return to England but When his 3 children return to the door his life is in turmoil. I enjoyed this book a lot which contains some wonderful writing of landscape as spring approaches, but also dialogue and character

batsy That's such a pretty cover! 1mo
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Day of the Dead | Nicci French
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I'm sure you are all like me in the library, the sweetshop of the mind. I despair sometimes when I am constantly buying books that I can still take 2 books back and leave with 6 !! Anyway i'll finish the tagged bk in the series , then 3 of these will help me finish #booked2022 Summer. The only problem is what to read first.

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A random pick from library , a set of short stories abt the civil rights movement of the 60s, the force of feminism, + an exploration of inter racial couples. I'd never heard of Kathleen Collins until I read this, such an interesting life. A shout out, I stood in the library, curious, searched on litsy + saw the last review was @ReadingEnvy so had to pick it up. I love finding books, writers + stories that are new to me, plus a film to find.

batsy I enjoyed this a lot, too. Really understated writing; loved the style. 1mo
Centique Awww. It is a bit heart breaking every time I stumble onto her reviews - but it‘s also lovely to have her thoughts still there. I have this on my TBR from her review 🙂 3w
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A Darkness More Than Night | Michael Connelly
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I'm sure the bosch books get better and better. Here in bk 7 Harry is key witness in a Holywood celebrity murder trial. Terry McCaleb from the last spin off book is also asked by an LA detective to look at a strange murder which is worrying. When the 2 cases become connected the clash makes for a compelling read.
Part of my
#20in4 #readathon @Andrew65

TrishB Love Bosch 👍🏻 1mo
Leftcoastzen I‘m just about to start this one. 1mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1mo
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A Darkness More Than Night | Michael Connelly
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#20in4 #readathon @Andrew65
I'm mid 2 bks at mo in the challenge but I thought I'd share a bit of a coincidence. My next rd for irl grp is the penelope Fitzgerald who is also an art expert in my current delve into the wonderful world of hieronymus bosch. I'm hoping she doesn't meet a sticky end .

Ruthiella Strange coincidence! 1mo
Andrew65 Doing great, a strange coincidence. 1mo
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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A troubling story of a woman + an unnamed mental illness. I felt constantly on edge as Martha narrated her life with a manic mother, a patient father, a sister who manages life just about, + her devoted husband. I want to talk abt it even though I found in turns; frustrating, tender, annoying,+sad. Still thinking abt the bk as it touches on an important issue of mental illness in an accessible way which has to be positive despite some problems.

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This is IRL bk grp choice + I'm not sure I wd have read this otherwise so really pleased as it was a joy to immerse myself in Count Rostov's forced occupation of the Moscow metropole Hotel from 1922 to 1954. The story is gentle and the bk long but I was never bored as he meets so many different characters. I just wished I'd known what happened to nina. Perfect for;
#booked2022 #setinahotel @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Such a gorgeous review!! I loved this book too!! So glad you picked it up 😄 1mo
kspenmoll I adored this book! Nice review! 1mo
Aims42 Great review!! I love revisiting this book 🥰 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one!! 1mo
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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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A short novel + remarkable in the profound message at the centre of wonderful prose. Set in 1985 Furlong, coal merchant + father of 5 daughters is just coping financially. His childhood story haunts him as he encounters in the local convent the inhumanity of the magdelene laundries. On Christmas eve he has to choose what path he takes. I was on tenterhooks as I turned each page and put it down feeling overwhelmed. A brilliant piece of writing .⬇️

andrew61 The reference in the book to furlong receiving Christmas Carol as a child from the protestant woman who takes in his single mother when facing ignominy and furlong asking his wife for David Copperfield as his Xmas gift is a perfect reflection of the message at the heart thus book. I also loved the image of the crows as we visit the convent and the portrayal of the elements I can't wait to read more by Claire keegan. 1mo
jlhammar Wonderful review! I loved this so much when I read it back in December. I read Walk the Blue Fields several years ago and really liked it. And then I read Foster this year and wow, so good. She is an amazing writer. Can't wait to read her debut collection, Antarctica. 1mo
batsy I'm not done yet but I'm marvelling at how rich and complex this feels, and all with an economy of words. 1mo
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The Gallows Pole | Benjamin Myers
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An absolutely brilliant piece of writing which evoked the blood ,mud, + more of 18c west Yorkshire's Calder Valley + the world of coin forgers. I loved it but lord if I could time travel the very last place I would go to would be Halifax in 1770. I'm sure if I was reincarnated I was probably a toothless peasant and the terrifying David Hartley would be scaring the living daylights out of me. Can't wait to see the Shane Meadows TV adaptation.

Leftcoastzen That sounds amazing! 2mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant review! Great writing and atmosphere, i could feel that mud and earth. I loved it too. Although some parts were terrifying to read. 2mo
batsy Great review! I'm really keen to read this. And ditto on that bit about living in the past 😅 2mo
andrew61 @Cathythoughts Yes I found myself cringing at times and what I felt was well done was that the author did not romanticise the coiners as Robin Hood type heroes but portrayed them as a nasty bunch who you wouldn't want to cross. The afterword when he referenced the discovery of the walled up fireplace gave@ me a shudder. @batsy , yes it's worth reading but be prepared for dark tale. @Leftcoastzen I'd recommend it but a chilling tale! 2mo
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Princes in the Land | Joanna Cannan
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The #PersephoneClub is introducing me to such great stories from neglected authors who capture the societal issues present at the time of writing. Like the Holtby this bk focuses on how a woman's ambitions + vivacity is subsumed to the life of her husband and family. Patricia is a girl who rides wild horses with abandon + is untamed until she meets Hugh an inverted intellectual snob. Family takes over + Patricia flounders to assert her identity.

LeahBergen Great review! I must have missed this when I was travelling last month. 5d
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A Necessary Evil | Abir Mukherjee
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Back to work tomorrow and thus was my last holiday read. Sam Wyndham's second outing was a very enjoyable read. Set in 1920 Sam finds himself at the beginning in same car as a Prince from an Indian state when he is assassinated. With political sensitivity about independence and the geological wealth of provinces when Sam ends up in the province he can't help but step on toes + raise eyebrows as the plot thickens. Captures time + place really well.

Ruthiella I just started the first book in this series. I like it so far. 2mo
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Princes in the Land | Joanna Cannan
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#PersephoneClub
My library hold came in on my return from holiday so have launched into this one and enjoying it so far but just stopped for a mo at this point.
Poor Patricia, I thought Hugh might be a good egg but the analogy with the wild horses she used to ride being tamed is evident.

rubyslippersreads Hugh is a pill. 2mo
Cathythoughts I thought Hugh would be different… disappointing! 2mo
andrew61 @Cathythoughts @rubyslippersreads Yes just finished it and Hugh didn't improve although would have liked more from Nicola rather than the insufferable August and Giles. 2mo
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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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Finishing off my holiday reading stack with this very enjoyable chiller/crime novel. As a young boy goes missing it mirrors crime committed 20 yrs earlier whose perpetrator is in prison. The connection brings the original detective back into the investigation while at the same time a widowed father and son move into the local creepy house and strange things start occurring. Really well told story which kept me guessing to the end .

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I enjoyed this Swedish based thriller/courtroom drama in which we meet husband,wife and daughter in three separate parts. The premise is that 18 yr old Stella, comes home after a night out in the early hours. Her father, a pastor in the church, then gives her an alibi for the murder that she is charged with. The use of 3 perspectives allows the plot to be slowly revealed and the final twist is satisfying. Really enjoyed this one.

Ruthiella Stacking! This sounds really good ! 2mo
ICantImReading I loved this book! I thought the three distinctive narrations were so interesting 2mo
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Heartburn | Nora Ephron
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I have had on my shelf for ages so perfect for;
#includes a recipe #booked2022
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft
In this 'novel' we meet Rachel a famous TV cook, who is pregnant when her journalist husband has an affair with Thelma, a woman with a neck as long as an arm and a nose as long as a thumb. The story is peppered with bitter humour + simple recipes.
Loved this book from a director whose films made a generation laugh.

Cinfhen I loved this one too!!! I have the same edition which I love as well 💗🍴 2mo
Cinfhen Hope you‘re having a wonderful holiday 🏖 2mo
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I know this is a really popular series so I won't dwell on my negatives. Having visited lindisfarne last year I was looking forward to this crime novel in such a setting but the broad chest, rippling muscles, + hypnotic eyes of DCI Ryan quickly became annoying as the plot got sillier + sillier. There is so much more I could say but as Ryan + Dr Anna Taylor walk hand in hand into the next mystery, their passion aflame I don't think I will join them

andrew61 Apologies to all fans of this series, im sure it is just me . 2mo
Tove_Reads Interesting! @Andrew65 loves this series 2mo
Lindy Rippling muscles and hypnotic eyes signal a DNF for me. 😂 2mo
Andrew65 It took me a few to get into this series, and was helped by the locations which are in areas I lived in at one time. @Tove_Reads 2mo
andrew61 @Andrew65 Certainly great locations Andrew. Maybe if I am in the mood I'll give book 2 a try, it is often not the first book that establishes a series and the author will throw everything in the book then settle down. 2mo
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Fifty-Fifty | Steve Cavanagh
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just about to start summer on
#booked2022 #aboutsisters
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft
With this twisty thriller in which 2 sisters call 911 at the same time alleging the other has just murdered their father. Eddie Flynn is called to defend one of them .
Off on holiday now for a week with a suitable pile of bks.

TrishB Enjoy 👍🏻 2mo
Cinfhen Enjoy your holiday - book sounds promising 2mo
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Black Car Burning | Helen Mort
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A poetic love song to Sheffield ,its beautiful landscape,and climbing(photos from a walking trip enjoyed in that beautiful area). It is also a moving story of the effect of the Hillsborough tragedy on individuals in the city. Told from 3 voices, 2 young women + an older man, but also the voice of landmarks of the area this was a bk I enjoyed from an author I hadn't encountered before but heard on radio 4 book program abt Sheffield writing.

Centique Those rocks are amazing! 2mo
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Gentlemen and Players | Joanne Harris
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This was 1st in series (I'd read 2nd Different class already) + a really well plotted thriller set in the claustrophobic setting of a North of England private boys school. Elderly Latin teacher Roy straitley finds that with a new term he is under pressure to retire but suddenly the school seems cursed by misfortune which appears to be orchestrated by a malign presence in the school. Really enjoyed the characters and twists, an enjoyable read.

Cuilin Loved this book. Great twists. 2mo
TheLudicReader I didn‘t realize it was part of a series. Loved this one, though. 2mo
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Tombland | C. J. Sansom
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At 800p if I'd nodded off in bed rdg this h/back it might have knocked me out but it was worth (albeit it cd have lost 100 pages or so) the heavy lifting. Shardlake is a fave character + here in the reign of Edward VI he is asked by Elizabeth to go to Norwich where her distant relative faces a murder charge. He is drawn into a rebellion (true event) as enclosures are resisted with force. V good story + fascinating history, this is a great series

Andrew65 Love this series. 2mo
Ruthiella I still have this one left to read. I‘m looking for read-alike historical mysteries, if you have any suggestions! 😃 I‘m considering The Seeker by S.G. MacLean but haven‘t tried it yet. 2mo
andrew61 @Ruthiella I don't read a lot of historical fiction Ruth and I'd suggest of you were going to try this series start at the beginning with 2mo
andrew61 @Ruthiella but one book I read years ago and after this book decided to reread would be a book set around the English civil war 2mo
Ruthiella I‘ve already read all the Shardlake books EXCEPT Tombstone. 😂 I‘ve also read An Instance of the Fingerpost and loved it. So you certainly aren‘t steering me in the wrong direction… (edited) 2mo
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Operation Heartbreak | Max Arthur, Duff Cooper
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I wouldn't have found this brilliant book save for #persephoneclub . It's the combination of the history behind the story, that the author created a narrative for an unknown soldier, and the lives of the other characters, mrs Osborne, Horry, and garnet. It would be hard to read Felicity's letter w/o wondering about what might have been and noticing a bit of grit in your eye. There is so much restrained emotion, and lost lives. Loved it.

Cathythoughts Great review! I really loved it too. 👍🏻 2mo
LeahBergen Ahh, yes! Wasn‘t it wonderful?? Great review. 2mo
CarolynM Lovely review. Glad you enjoyed🙂 2mo
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Savages: A Novel | Don Winslow
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Book 2 in #jubilantjuly @Andrew65 is in anticipation of my finishing the trilogy soon. I found this one in a library sale + it is a roller coaster of a story of the drug trade + Mexican cartels. Chon, Ben and g/f O (ophelia) are a trio of characters who end up pulled into the cartel plan to move into the drug supply taking over Ben's business. The consequent v small chapters makes for a fast moving violent thriller.

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3mo
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The Woman in Blue | Elly Griffiths
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I finished this at weekend and my first for the
#jubilantjuly @Andrew65 challenge. I should finish 2 more bks hopefully.
In Ruth's 8th outing the story is set in Walsingham as a woman's body is discovered dressed in blue cloak and white dress. As the investigation delves into the religious community an old friend of Ruth, now a female priest asks for help. As always an easy read , usual formula, enjoyable characters 3*.

Andrew65 A good series 👏👏👏 3mo
kspenmoll Agree with @Andrew65 - this series is fun! 3mo
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Letty Fox: Her Luck | Christina Stead
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Hard to caregorise this story of letty fox from teenager to young woman in New York from the late 1920s to 1945. Chaotic + comic the book shows in 1st person a girl exploring her sexuality amid a host of odd characters incl friends family and lovers. Radical in political thought letty is also flighty but determined. While at times I struggled with the style + length I put it down pleased to have read it + fascinated by the author's biography ⬇️

andrew61 Interestingly on a doc abt virago I heard someone say stead was Carmen calils favourite author. The biog references her radicalism and writing style as well as her femininism. While the read was demanding I will definitely try her again and I do love the virago covers , this one Augustus john 'the artists daughter ' in national gallery Melbourne captures in my imagination Letty arrogant, but vulnerable , Stead was Australian by birth . 3mo
kwmg40 I too love the VMC covers! 3mo
Leftcoastzen Wow 3mo
Centique Amazing cover! And great review 👍 3mo
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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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I enjoyed this memoir of Trevor Noah's young life in South Africa where he grows up with his indomitable African mother but is both an illegal and misfit in a society where white and black relationships are illegal and the colour of skin is fundamental to your status within all groups. The relationship with his mother is beautifully rendered and Trevor himself is a rebel in a place where life is a constant battle to survive.

TrishB Lovely review 👍🏻 3mo
Tove_Reads Loved it! 3mo
britt_brooke Nice review! I keep meaning to #reread this one. So good! 3mo
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Centique I love this book so much. I recommend it to all the people I know that get bored easily with reading because I feel it‘s constantly funny or astounding. There is even a kids version that I bought for my son to read. Isn‘t Trevor‘s mother a complete superhero?!! 3mo
youneverarrived Loved his relationship with his mother. Great review! 3mo
andrew61 @youneverarrived @Centique Yes the image of him running away from his mum in a frantic chase scene was great but I had my heart in my mouth inbthe final chapters . 3mo
Centique @andrew61 me too! 3mo
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Treasures of Time | Penelope Lively
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A domestic story set in the 1970s about the fall out within a family when a TV company want to make a film about a archaeologist. His dtr kate + her academic bfriend tom are called to support the flighty widow laura, who now lives with her sister. Emotions rise + tensions abound as old resentments and new traumas lead to a middle class English Melodrama which is a genre to which I am partial and I love penelope lively's easy writing style.

CarolynM I love Penelope Lively. I haven‘t seen this one before, I‘ll have to look at for it🙂 3mo
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The Promise | Damon Galgut
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I really enjoyed this bk, last yrs booker winner which is for July rdg grp. Told in 10yr intervals from 86 to 2016 a family in South Africa has to live with a promise made on the mother's death bed to gift a farmhouse to the black housekeeper. The style shifts within paragraphs from different protaganists but I was completely absorbed by the changes over those 30 years in such a fractured country.Great writing combined with excellent storytelling

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A Woman Loved: A Novel | Andre Makine
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#bookmoods #royalty #silence #inthemountains #setinthe60s
I've neglected this challenge after a burst of enthusiastic posting at the beginning of the month but its been a busy few weeks. So in no particular order I've gone thru my back list to reference Catherine The Great, Alan Turing (murmur is nearly slience), a ghost story in the himalayas, and a 60s folk rock group. Hopefully I'll finish June with a burst of posts !!!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks No worries! Join when you can! 3mo
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The Echoing Grove | Rosamond Lehmann
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Realised I had 2 copies of this so rd the penguin but took much from the virago intro. If you like End of the affair I think you'd like this story of 2 sisters who meet after their mother's funeral. Then follows a tale of how dinah had an affair with madeleines husband + the split that ensued. At times a hard read as the dialogue was intense but I soldiered on + enjyd an emotional story set both pre + during the war. And what an interesting life.

Leftcoastzen Love that old Penguin! 3mo
rubyslippersreads 🧡🐧 3mo
batsy Yes! That vintage Penguin 😍 3mo
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shawnmooney I really loved this one. So much so that I have gone back to Lehmann‘s debut novel (loved it too) and plan to read her entire oeuvre in chronological order. 3mo
andrew61 @shawnmooney it is a remarkable novel Shawn, and when i read about her life, an affair with Cecil day Lewis in which both she and the poet's wife were then rejected by his relationship with a younger woman the echoes in the book were telling. The introduction also reflects on the poetic influences including the waste land. I definitely will be trying more of her books. 3mo
andrew61 @Leftcoastzen @batsy @rubyslippersreads The cover illustration is so evocative of the story . Yes I love penguins as well and feel, as I read, the ghosts of past readers looking over my shoulder. 3mo
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Cadillac Jukebox | James Lee Burke
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#joysofjune @andrew65
I finished on Sunday my 3rd book of the readathon with the 9th episode of the ever reliable dave robicheaux series. Here a former Klansman, locked up in prison for killing an naacp advocate seeks daves help to prove him innocence just as a very manipulative couple who dave knows of old aim for the governship. All the usual themes and characters but so long as I leave a gap btwn bks I'm never disappointed.

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The Redemption | William Peter Blatty
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I've had this ex library book on my shelf for some time so with no challenges or rdg grp pending I gave it a go. Not quite as compelling as the exorcist I still enjoyed this story abt an assassin who escapes torture before landing in Jerusalem however no one appears to know who he is. Much discussion of religion, + a lot of interviews to explain whats going . An ok read.
Hopefully as I'm halfway bk3 in
#joysofjune @andrew65 I may get to 4.

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 4mo
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The Broken Shore | Peter Temple
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This was a new author to me but what a great piece of gritty crime writing. Joe Cashin is a police officer who, following injury in duty, is seconded to a small Australian town near his home town. He gets drawn into investigation of death of a local businessman. This highlights racial tensions in Australia. The language + character rings true ,a powerful crime novel, can't wait to read more.
Book 1 in
#joysofjune @Andrew65 . I'll try for 2 more

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 I need to check this author out. 4mo
Cathythoughts Sounds like a good one 👍🏻 4mo
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Ulysses | James Joyce
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#bookmoods #dnf
I rarely if ever bail but in the year of its publication I have to confess tried twice, failed twice. One day !!!!!!

Tamra I think it‘s an acquired taste….I haven‘t even tried! 🤭 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I used to always finish a book, but life is too short 🤪 4mo
Graywacke Have you considered one of the companion guides? I have a one-day plan too, but I‘ll need that kind of help. 4mo
Cathythoughts I never got past the first page , I‘m leaving it for my next lifetime 😁 4mo
Centique @Cathythoughts me too Cathy!! 4mo
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#bookmoods #byyourfavouriteauthor
I 1st came to John Irving when I borrowed a vhs of the tagged bk, over the years Ive read everything he's produced, often with joy ,sometimes less so but always with excited anticipation + even managed to see Jeanette winteron interview him for his last bk. Definitely my favourite author although I've never reread, except again for the tagged bk, I'm scared to do so in case Owen meany isn't as joyous as my memory

Ruthiella I reread Cider House Rules a couple of years ago and found it really held up. I think Owen Meany will too. Those two are my top Irving favorites. 4mo
CarolynM I read Hotel New Hampshire years ago and liked it, but I bailed on Garp and I‘ve never tried any others. Lately I‘m seeing Owen Meany and Cider House on favourite/best book lists and wondering about trying them. What do you think @andrew61 @Ruthiella? (edited) 4mo
Leftcoastzen I‘m the weirdo who loves Irving but I still haven‘t read Meany. My favorites are in the order I read them Garp, Hotel New Hampshire, & Cider House Rules. 4mo
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andrew61 @Leftcoastzen @Ruthiella @CarolynM Yes his storytelling is so involving but I think unique to him as a style. I think I may reread Owen meany soon and then try some of the older books like hotel new Hampshire. I'd definitely say give him a go carolyn. 4mo
Ncostell I feel the same way about Owen Meany. I loved that book and am also afraid to reread it in case it will change my opinion the second time around. I still have it on my bookshelf just in case though! 4mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM Go for it! 4mo
DivineDiana Owen Meany was such a surprise to me! An all time favorite! 4mo
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A Question of Power | Bessie Head
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This was a challenging rd abt a woman Elizabeth who moves from SA to Botswana after learning of her mixed heritage. She has a yng son + joins a village grp growing food yet also troubled by vivid hallucinations which dominate the narrative. Echoing the writers own life this is both troubling + hypnotic so while I struggled with the story I was determined to finish.
#authorborninafrica #booked2022 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

rockpools The most exciting thing about the Jubilee Reads list was seeing Bessie Head on there. I loved Maru, but have to admit to being a bit daunted by this one. One day… 4mo
andrew61 @rockpools I have only read when rain clouds gather which was a straightforward narrative but very good. I'll give maru a try. I found this one in a charity shop the cover grabbed me but v interesting. 4mo
Cinfhen The cover is REALLY striking!! Great review 💖 4mo
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My Phantoms | Gwendoline Riley
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Just back from reading group and an interesting discussion abt this remarkable bk abt the mother/dtr relationship. The prose and dialogue is haunting while also exposing fragile characters with a few words as well as what is unsaid. Bridget has to manage her lonely and unfulfilled mother as she grows older but as a reader we wonder why Bridget is so cold to 'Hen', + who is the more troubled. Loved it, raced through it and plan to read again soon.

batsy Lovely review. 4mo
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#bookmoods #600+pages
I had a look at my litsy photos to find the last biggie I read and noticed it was in that great time for reading between Christmas and New year. I'd had this on my shelf for a while and as ever when I put it down wondered why it had taken me so long to get to it.

youneverarrived I always seem to be in the mood to read a chunkster around that time of year too. 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🤩 4mo
sarahbarnes I‘ve had this one on my list to read for awhile. 4mo
DivineDiana This is waiting on my shelves for the right time. Maybe this holiday season. 🤔 4mo
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Question of Power | Bessie Head
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#BookMoods #4wordtitle
Looked down at my current read and hey presto!
A demanding read so far but interesting picture of a fractured mind. My review will be later on in the week and after I've given it some thought.

Leftcoastzen Love the cover! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cool cover ❤️💙💜💛🖤 4mo
Cathythoughts It is an interesting picture of a fractured mind ! 4mo
andrew61 @Cathythoughts yes and it's definitely making my head ache a little as I try and work out what is going on. 4mo
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#bookmoods #laughoutloud
This series, as I recently posted , has me laughing out loud to the annoyance of my wife who is usually sat next to me concentrating on something else. The glorious Adrian Mole gave commentary through his diaries to much of the events of English society and politics from the 80s to the 2000s and Sue Townsend was a brilliant comic writer whose sharp wit would have been appreciated in our current strange world .

TrishB Yes, I‘d appreciate her sarcy comments on current ongoing shenanigans! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🤗 4mo
CarolynM Happy memories! 4mo
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56 DAYS. | CATHERINE RYAN. HOWARD
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#makeyourownprompt #booked2022 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
I've chosen bks set in the pandemic with this thriller set as Dublin goes into lockdown in March 2022 and two people meet, form an attachment + move in together but something doesn't feel right, which one is deceiving the other. A very enjoyable page turner and tackles that strange period well.

Cinfhen This was a cool pandemic thriller!! Love your creativity 😷 4mo
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Looking for Mr. Goodbar | Judith Rossner
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The cover doesnt reflect a dramatic story based on a true crime. We know at the opening that a woman has been killed but then the bk tells the story of Theresa Dunn, her life as sister,dtr, teacher, in 60's NY who lives a life where she enjoys sexual encounters in the city's bars.The bk gives voice to the victim, a tough read but compelling. I've not seen the film but plan to do so if I can find it. A remarkable bk that feels ahead of its time.

Ruthiella I read this 30 years ago. Good to know it holds up. 4mo
Leftcoastzen The film is good to . It‘s been awhile but I remember feeling both were ahead of their time . If you Google the original first edition, it definitely seems more accurate but of course has a certain 70s look. 4mo
andrew61 @Ruthiella Yes it did not feel dated at all. 4mo
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andrew61 @Leftcoastzen thanks, definitely want to watch it now, googling the cast I have always liked Diane Keaton but also what must be a young Richard Gere. 4mo
TheLudicReader I loved the movie. Young Richard Gere as I recall. 4mo
EvieBee This is one of my faves. So dark but forward thinking! 4mo
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The Janus Stone | Elly Griffiths
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#BookMoods #secondinaseries
I've recently booked our summer holiday with a few days in Suffolk then Norfolk so plan to take my 8th in the series of forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway as the books are set in that unique landscape. This was bk 2.

Cathythoughts Sounds great 💫 4mo
andrew61 @Cathythoughts hopefully will get plenty of good book photos 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 📚👍🏻 4mo
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