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Letting In Light

Letting In Light

Emma Davies

This relationships/romance story couldn’t half do with a spit and polish and redesign. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed it. The tone of the writing is warm and engaging and the storyline not quite what you’ll expect.


Finding A Voice

Finding A Voice

Kim Hood

This is a beautiful and moving story about the friendship between a thirteen-year-old girl who acts as an unofficial carer to her mother, and a fifteen-year-old young man with cerebral palsy who most other people assume is unable to understand what is happening around him. It was short-listed for the Bookseller YA Book Award 2015. It is YA, but those As who are not quite so Y will enjoy it, too.


Avon Street: A Tale of Murder in Victorian Bath

Avon Street: A Tale of Murder in Victorian Bath

Paul Emanuelli

This novel is set in Victorial Bath, but unlike most novels set in this city in this era, the characters range from grubby criminals to those in society, with the working class and the professional class in between. It's a really enjoyable read: well researched, well plotted and tantalising to the last page as what could happen is anybody's guess.


The One Saving Grace

The One Saving Grace

Julie Houston

This is a light and amusing escapism book, which nevertheless touches on some serious subjects. It is about families and friendships and loyalties. It's an enjoyable read.


Goodness, Grace and Me

Goodness, Grace and Me

Julie Houston

This is a light and amusing escapism book, which nevertheless touches on some serious subjects. It is about families and friendships and loyalties.


The Cinderella Reflex

The Cinderella Reflex

Johanna Buchanan

This is a fairly typical contemporary romance. It is written well, so if you devour books in this genre I am sure you will love it.


London Irish Dublin English

London Irish Dublin English

Daniel M Doyle

The story is about Donal’s working life as an IT salesman for the Dublin division of a US parent company in the 1980s. It focuses largely on one pitch to a bank and the people involved in that. There is a lot of detail about how the sales process worked and the various conversations he and his colleague had with the bank. It is a novel, but reads more like a memoir. There is a lot of gentle humour, and much detail on the sales pitch.


Window On the World

Window On the World

Hugh Cornwell

This is Hugh Cornwell's first novel. There are some glaring plot holes, but the story sucked me in against my will. This is a book about obsession.


Irish Farming Life: History and Heritage

Irish Farming Life: History and Heritage

Jonathan Bell and Mervyn Watson

I found this book to be completely absorbing. It is scholarly but eminently readable for anyone interested in rural Ireland and/or farming over the last few hundred years. The authors bring together their research from thirty years of working at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. They quote and reference work from historians (written and oral), anthropologists, novelists, poets, photographers and artists, and the history encompasses the whole of the island of Ireland (with a few forays into Scotland and England).


Would You Marry A Farmer?

Would You Marry A Farmer?

Lorna Sixsmith

This is a humorous look at the life of a farmer's wife, although there are some serious sections too on the history of farming relationships and the future of them. It will appeal to both women and men, farmers and non-farmers. It can act as a warning or as a catalyst for getting in touch with a matchmaker – you read it and decide!


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