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The Other Hand: Chris Cleave

Reviewed by Jason Austin, Assistant Books Buyer at Readings Carlton

A war zone on an African beach may not be the best place to heal a wounded marriage. This sounds almost like a Nigerian proverb sprouted by Little Bee, the heroine in this involving novel, The Other

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Rancid Pansies: James Hamilton Paterson

Reviewed by Louise Swinn, Editorial Director of Sleepers Publishing

‘It’s no fun being an aesthete; one’s sensibilities are constantly being outraged.’ Poor old Gerald Samper: he should be writing librettos but instead he’s a ghostwriter for airhead celebrities.

In…

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The Impostor: Damon Galgut

Reviewed by Laurie Steed, Freelance Reviewer

Adam is a broken man. Having lost his job and his home in Johannesburg, he has moved into an abandoned home his brother owns on the edge of town. He wants to write poetry, but his creative well is as…

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The Twin: Gerbrand Bakke

Reviewed by Dimitri Gonis, freelance reviewer

Helmer is a farmer: a bachelor who lives in the shadow of his dead twin’s memory. His days revolved around his animals; watching canoeists in the canal; conversations with his father, his neighbour A…

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The 19th Wife: David Ebershoff

Reviewed by Kate O'Mara, Academic Buyer at Readings Carlton

Cast out of his polygamous Mormon sect aged 14 and dumped by the side of the road, Jordan Scott has little time for thoughts of his mother. She is one of the many wives of the sect’s corrupt and secr…

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Too Close To Home: Linwood Barclay

Reviewed by Judith Loriente, Readings Hawthorn

Jim Cutter, his wife and son are appalled when their neighbours, the Langleys, are murdered. Their town in upstate New York is a sleepy place, famous only for its annual literary festival, which attr…

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The Birthday Present: Barbara Vine

Reviewed by Judith Loriente, Readings Hawthorn

London, 1990: Ivor Tescham, a rising young Conservative minister, is jeopardising his career with an affair with Hebe, a married woman as adventurous as he. On a whim, he decides to spice up their lo…

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A Beautiful Place To Die: Malla Nunn

Reviewed by Judith Loriente, Readings Hawthorn

In South Africa in 1952, an Afrikaner Police Captain is murdered in the town of Jacob’s Rest. Detective Emmanuelle Cooper is called to investigate, and finds himself in a gritty world of violence, cr…

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Bleeding Heart Square: Andrew Taylor

Reviewed by Judith Loriente, Readings Hawthorn

Bleeding Heart Square in London is a place with a past, and a dark and disturbing sense of history. In 1934, as the Depression and its attendant social unrest begin to grip England, several residents…

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Chicago: Alaa Al Aswany

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo, Managing Director of Readings

Have you not read Alaa Al Aswany, the Egyptian author of The Yacoubian Building? Poor you! Aswany is a dentist in Cairo; a thorn in the side of the Mubarek regime who uses literature to expose its ex…

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