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November club – The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

Simon Mawer’s novel imagines the bravery and heroism required by the women who were recruited by the Special Operations Executive in Britain to infiltrate Nazi-occupied France during WWII through the eyes of Marian Sutro. The slightly naive, but tenacious convent girl, Marian grew up in Switzerland and it’s her bilingual abilities that make her a [...]

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October club – The Thread

Having read Victoria Hislop’s first novel The Island several years ago, I was excited when a friend gave me The Thread to take with me to Greece as a holiday read. Hislop’s novels absorb the reader into the nooks and crannies of past lives in Mediterranean settings, whilst expertly painting the historical backdrop against which [...]

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August club – The Sea Sisters

The Sea Sisters by Lucy Clarke was a perfect summer read which whisks the reader to exotic locations as the sensible Katie Greene attempts to discover why her impulsive, lively but troubled sister has ended up dead at the bottom of a cliff in Bali – a country that wasn’t even on her travel itinerary. [...]

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July club – The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby, the classic American novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, relates the story of how the nouveau-riche, young war veteran, Jay Gatsby, throws extravagant parties during the summer of 1922 in the hope that someday, the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan will attend and he’ll be able to sweep her off her feet [...]

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June club – Wool

Wool by Hugh Howey isn’t so much about wool in the sense that we all love, but more about a post-apocalyptic world unwinding and unravelling. As far as the residents of the giant silo are concerned, they are the last living humans on Earth, and they must be born, live and die in an underground [...]

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May club – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Dearest Reader, I am writing to tell you a little about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, a book by Rachel Joyce. There’s so much emotion tied up in this novel, that I think I’m going to struggle to summarise it for you – and I challenge you to read this book without getting a [...]

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April club – Les Miserables

Les Misérables Set in 19th century post-Revolutionary France, after the fall of the First Empire, Les Misérables is an epic melodramatic musical film, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, which examines the strength of the human spirit even when faced with the worst possible circumstances. It explores such intense themes as destitution, revolution, judgement [...]

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March club – The Hypnotist

Crime fiction isn’t a genre I would normally choose. The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler (a pseudonym for a literary couple) is not a book I would usually have picked up. But being an avid fan of Danish and Swedish television series such as The Killing and The Bridge, I read the blurb and was immediately [...]

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January club yarn – The Night Circus

  “The towering tents are striped in white and black, no golds and crimsons to be seen… Black-and-white stripes on grey sky.” Welcome to Erin Morgenstern’s nocturnal world of the The Night Circus – a black and white extravaganza, so filled with entrancing magic and belief-defying tricks, that the visitor is usually left mystified and [...]

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December club yarn – Dark Shadows

For the first time in over a year, the club selection was not a inspired by a book, but by a movie. Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows is a horror comedy based on the 60s and 70s cult gothic soap opera aired by ABC in the States. Set in coastal Maine, the main vampire character played [...]

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