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The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan

About the plot Gwenni is different. She thinks and behaves differently to everyone around her, and so when a local man goes missing she becomes a ‘detective’, even though it is not the sort of thing girls should be doing. The story that Gwenni unfolds becomes a lot deeper than she expects, unravelling the multitude of lies…

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

About the plot The whole novel is in retrospect, and is told through the narrator of Tony. He reflects upon his life, the people that have passed through it, and the situation he is in as he narrates his tale. Characters from his past are explored, past conversations re-analysed – but the novel is not…

Gothic Spring by Caroline Miller

About the plot. As the title suggests, the topic is in the realm of the Gothic. Victorine Ellsworth provides the narrative of this absorbing and haunting tale that is full of twists and turns. Victorine is a character who has much intelligence and imagination, and yet she lives within a society that would rather she kept…

The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan

About the plot. Mcewan’s novella delves into the closeness between the two characters of Mary and Colin, on their holiday together. The boundaries of their relationship are explored in the beginning of the novella, and they range from complete boredom to more deep, passionate and intimate levels. The downside of this is that when they meet Robert,…

Florence and Giles by John Harding

Hold on to your hats people – it’s another sensational book. I will say – I always find it hard to stick to my subtitles when I love a book because just want to be like ‘Ohhhhh lordy you need to read it’…but I’ll stop rambling now and tell you about this fascinating novel. About the plot…

Witch Light by Susan Fletcher

 I’m so excited to share this book with you as it has sailed all the way into my top three favourite novels of all time. It did used to be called Corrag, but the 2011 edition I have is called Witch Light. What is Witch Light all about? Witch light is a tale of dual…

Not My Idea of Heaven by Lindsey Rosa

Now before I start telling you about this book I will let you into a little secret. I’ve read a few of these types of memoirs but I always have an overwhelming sense of guilt when I enjoy them. Not because I enjoy people’s hardships, or difficult lives but because occasionally I come across one…

What I Was by Meg Rosoff

To describe What I Was as a ‘coming-of-age’ tale, or a romantic tale of admiration, desire and desperation would only be scratching the surface of this beautifully written novel. Meg Rosoff has captured something within the enchanting words of Hilary’s tale that is not quite tangible.  I felt myself searching for something in the novel…

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

Reading one of Tom Robbins novels is like stepping aboard the train that knows no end. Sit tight. The journey may be terrifying, the people you meet will be extraordinary, and your travels may confuse you, but one thing is for certain, it will be one exhilarating trip. Jitterbug Perfume is Robbins’ fourth novel, and…

The Sultan’s Seal by Jenny White

Not only did I want to challenge myself to read something that I wouldn’t usually pick but I was drawn to the novel by its cover. This particular edition is quite befitting, with its powder blue sleeves, with an embossed white building framing the title. I’ll tell you a little about the book and my verdict, as…

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