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Book review: <i>Somebody I Used To Know</i> by David Bell


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Nick is a man who has never managed to properly escape from his college years, and the spectre of his first and only true love. When he encounters what seems like an impossible blast from his past, he's set on a path that might end in disappointment – or revelation. But has in unwittingly put himself in danger, or has his past placed him there?

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Book review: <i>The Appetites Of Girls</i> by Pamela Moses


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Fran, Opal, Ruth, and Setsu all have one thing in common – they share the same rooms at Brown University. But scratch the surface and each of their vastly different stories gives them unlikely common ground. Can these girls succeed against the odds of growing up damaged?

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Book review: <i>Eeny Meeny</i> by M J Arlidge


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A killer is kidnapping people in pairs. There is only one way to escape, ever. Can detective Helen Grace find the killer and stop the carnage in time? And why is the killer trying to get Helen's attention?

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Book review: <i>Faithful Place</i> by Tana French


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Frank Mackey runs undercover in Dublin, and runs it well. He’s firmly focussed on his present; his job, and his daughter. But his past is about to catch up with him.

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Book review: <i>In The Woods</i> by Tana French


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The body of a child is found on an archeological dig. Who steals a childhood, and why? The Dublin murder squad have to pool every resource, dig into their pasts, and try not to implode.

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Book review: <i>The Killer Next Door</i> by Alex Marwood


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In a big old house in London divided into flats, something is amiss. There's a smell, odd break ins, odd behaviour. But all of the residents are running from something, or hiding from someone. How far will they go to keep from being found?

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Book review: <i>The Marco Effect</i> by Jussi Adler-Olsen


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Marco is stateless, fifteen years old, and on the run from just about everybody. His uncle Zola thinks he knows too much, but Marco is struggling to figure out why. Can he alone solve the mysteries and murders he's been unwittingly tied up in, before he's caught by the crooks or the cops?

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Book review: <i>Em And The Big Hoom</i> by Jerry Pinto


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Not your average love story.

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Book review: <i>Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years</i> by Sue Townsend


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I would never have considered the possibility of Adrian Mole growing old, were it not for the recent death of his creator Ms Townsend. So it was with a twinge of sadness for a lost childhood author that I picked up her last Adrian Mole story, because, let's face it, Adrian and I grew up together.

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Book review: <i>The Boy In The Snow</i> by M J McGrath


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The Iditarod dogsled race is one of the biggest and toughest races in Alaska. But amongst the distraction, there are some disturbing forces at work in Anchorage. Can one woman singlehandedly uncover the rot that goes deep into the Alaskan political landscape?

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Book review: <i>The Wicked Girls</i> by Alex Marwood


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In the tiny seaside town of Whitmouth, girls are being strangled. There's a stalker on the loose, and there are two women on the outskirts of the investigation who have a big secret to keep.

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Book review: <i>A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian</i> by Marina Lewycka


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If this was an alcoholic drink, it would be a sweet and surprisingly potent plum wine, brewed to an old family recipe.

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Book review: <i>Swann's Way: In Search Of Lost Time - Volume 1</i> by Marcel Proust


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If this was sent to a publisher this morning it probably wouldn't get bought. Let's face it. "-and you say this is one-seventh of the actual book, son?"

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Book review: <i>Messenger</i> by Craig Johnson


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A little taster of Walt Longmire that's been released to whet potential readers appetites' for the new full length novel... and whet it does indeed!

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Book review: <i>Christmas In Absaroka County</i> by Craig Johnson


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Christmas In Absaroka County is just the thing to get you into the spirit of the season. A tiny taster of the Absaroka County; my only complaint would be that there just wasn't enough of it!

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Book review: <i>Everything Is Illuminated</i> by Jonathan Safran Foer



If this was made into a film starring Elijah Wood, it probably wouldn’t work very well, because it’s far too good a book. Oh wait, whoops.

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Book review: <i>The Wire In The Blood</i> by Val McDermid



This may be Val McDermid’s most famous book—it’s been widely acclaimed and televised, and as I recall it was a big hit on the Australian ABC when it came out as a mini series. And I can see why. It has a touch of Thomas Harris about it; macabre, graphic, tense, thrilling... but I thought The Wire In The Blood beat Silence Of The Lambs hands down.

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Book review: <i>Are You Experienced?</i> by William Sutcliffe



Ah, India. Land of mystery, spices, saris, exotic religions, “travellers” in their late teens looking to find themselves spiritually on their big adventure before university... and of course, the dope’s really cheap.

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