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Kill the Father

Serial killer? Mad scientist? Capitalist espionage? Every time I thought I'd worked out what was happening in this excellent thriller my theory was thrown up in the air again! All this, plus a great duo in cop Columba and her expert adviser Dante, made for a fantastic read. Thank goodness the next in the series is just out.

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Little Gold

This Brighton-based coming-of-age story stars twelve year old Little Gold and her elderly neighbour Peggy Baxter. The pair finds solace in their burgeoning friendship as each battles with their own private demons. I found the serious nature of the novel touching, harrowing and enlightening in equal measure, with the survival instinct of the two leading ladies the most moving aspect of all.

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Swan Song

Everybody loves a bit of gossip and Truman Capote, society figure and famous writer, uses it brazenly for his work. His inner circle of friends, the Swans, who tell him all their secrets, are shocked by his published indiscretions. Glitz and glamour and names like Lee Radziwill, Lauren Bacall and Gloria Vanderbilt play a significant role in this tale. And a special one is saved for the unfaithful husbands. I enjoyed it shamelessly.

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And the Wind Sees All

This novel places the reader inside the moment as a young woman cycles down a street in a small fishing community. I loved the repetition of words and phrases, which evoke a feeling of familiarity and ease even when the narrative takes on a darker tone. Away from Reykjavík's cultural hot spots, this is the perfect book for the mindful traveller wishing to leave the crowds behind.

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The Book of Joan

A post-apocalyptic story with a strong feminist stance. Even if it’s not to your taste, bear with the sexual references and language in the first part, which recurs intermittently throughout the book. I found the story very well worth reading, if challenging. It might help if you have some knowledge of the stories of Joan of Arc and Christine de Pizan but it’s not necessary.

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