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Jarvis 24: David Metzenthen

Metzenthen’s fabulous new novel sees Marc ‘Jarvy’ Jarvis take on work experience at a car yard. A little unusual perhaps, but there is a method to his madness: the girl Electra, a talented sprinter f…

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Solace of the Road: Siobhan Dowd

Holly is fifteen and has been in and out of care all her life. When she decides that her new foster parents in London are too well meaning and drippy for her tastes, she steals a blonde wig and hits …

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If I Stay: Gayle Forman

If I Stay is a book that moved me, made me think, and which I will no doubt return to for a second and third reading. In the opening sequence of the book 17-year-old Mia and her family are involved i…

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The Lucky Ones: Tohby Riddle

How unfair that someone who can illustrate picture books so full of mystery and expectation also has the talent to write in the same luminous way. I was fascinated and discomfitted by this book about…

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The Owl Service: Alan Garner

This is one of my all-time favourites, and don’t let the fact that it was first published in 1967 put you off! It’s still available in paperback with a very nice new glittery cover.

The Owl Service

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Rhyming Life and Death: Amos Oz

Have you ever sat alone on public transport and let your imagination run wild about the private lives of your fellow passengers? If so, Rhyming Life and Death will appeal to your sense of creativity …

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Strangers: Anita Brookner

Retired banker Paul Sturgis ‘had always known it was his destiny to die among strangers’. He lives alone; his one surviving relative (and acquaintance) is a determinedly genteel, regally distant cous…

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The Past and Other Lies: Maggie Joel

This engaging novel follows three generations of sisters in one English family, centring on a series of significant moments in their lives, and opportunities lost or found. It opens arrestingly, with…

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The Women in Black: Madeleine St John

The Women in Black is a delightful novel set in 1950s Sydney. It revolves around the lives of several women who are working at the Ladies’ Frocks Department at the famous F. G. Goode’s Department Sto…

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The Marriage Club: Kate Legge

Kate Legge’s second novel focuses on a group of fifty-something female friends and the state of their marriages, most of which have lasted (not necessarily happily) for 30 years or more. Leith Kremme…

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