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After Such Kindness

Much has already been written about the relationship between Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell, his inspiration for Alice in Wonderland, but this in no way detracts from the merits of this novel which covers the same ground. Readers today will find the relationship extremely disturbing. You may not like the characters but you will certainly believe in them and the rarified Oxford atmosphere in which they live. A compulsive read.

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Jammy Dodger

We're in 1980's Belfast the but the only terrorist in this story has literary revenge in mind. A really funny tale about growing up after University, outwitting the hands that feed you (aka Arts Council minions), the city's 'arts' scene, a poetical scam and a giant rabbit. Poetry lovers may be shocked but if you're a biscuit connoisseur this book is for you. A warning though, you may never want to drink milk again.

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The Plaza

Gang warfare in the town of Juarez. The violence is relentless, the pace frenetic and the condemnation of the authorities searing. I found the short chapters, the choppy writing style and the constantly changing viewpoint unsettling and disturbing. This is a brutal, powerful and thought-provoking novel.

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Recently divorced Esther, mother of Daisy sets off alone on a backpacking trip to Malaysia. Her short lived joy turns to horror when she becomes stranded on a desert island. This easy and entertaining travel thriller builds slowly via two narrators and delivered a couple of twists and turns I wasn’t expecting.

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The Democrat

This tale of Thomas Muir is unbelievable, except for the fact that it's based on complete truth. Muir was transported to Australia in 1793 for urging that everyone should have the vote. To tell any more would spoil the experience - but expect adventure, excitement and a rollicking good ride. All you have to do is remember that this novel is the real story of Scotland's Nelson Mandela.

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