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Cloud Atlas

The film ‘Cloud Atlas’ is based upon and carries the same title as David Mitchell’s 2004 Booker Prize shortlisted novel. It interweaves and interconnects six stories through different timelines and over a period ranging from 1849 to 2346. I hadn’t … Continue reading

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Men I’ve Loved Before

by Adele Parks Men I’ve Loved Before is the first of Adele Parks’ novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading, and I have to admit it was compelling. It begins with the introduction of the female protagonist, Natalie, meticulously organising … Continue reading

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Man of Steel

My partner and I succumbed to the hype surrounding the latest foray in to the Superman genre, and went to see the film on opening night. We also elected to see this via a new concept for us: an American … Continue reading

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Her Fearful Symmetry

by Audrey Niffenegger I have read this novel, twice – a few years apart – and loved it the first time, but less so the second. I can only assume I was at a different place in my life on … Continue reading

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The Last Runaway

by Tracy Chevalier Tracy Chevalier’s latest novel, ‘The Last Runaway’, details the journey of Honor Bright who leaves her close-knit Quaker roots, in Bridport, for the vast open plains of Ohio, in the United States Set in the 1850s Honor … Continue reading

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Recipe for Love

by Katie Fforde Katie Fforde’s recent offering, ‘Recipe for Love’, introduces us to Zoe Harper, an independent and capable young woman who has secured a place in a televised cookery competition. Following in the wake of the success of ‘The … Continue reading

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Eloise

by Judy Finnigan ‘Eloise’ is a first novel by she of ‘Richard and Judy’ fame, Judy Finnigan. It tells the story of a woman grieving for the loss of her friend, the eponymous Eloise, who has died, prematurely, at the … Continue reading

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Hidden Treasures

by Fern Britton ‘Hidden Treasures’ is a second novel by Fern Britton (TV presenter, turned novelist) and tells the story of Helen Merrifield, a forty-something, well-preserved wife and mother who decides to turn her life around when she, inadvertently, discovers … Continue reading

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The Shoemaker’s Wife

by Adriana Trigiani Adriana Trigiani is a seasoned author with more than a dozen novels under her belt and her latest offering, ‘The Shoemaker’s Wife’, begins in the majestic setting of the Italian Alps. Ciro and Enza live in neighbouring … Continue reading

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Creep

By Jennifer Hillier ‘Creep’ is a first novel by author, Jennifer Hillier. It tells the story of Dr Sheila Tao, a university professor of psychology, who enters into a casual, but intense, affair with one of her graduate students, Ethan … Continue reading

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