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BOOK REVIEW

Citadel October 2017
Citadel
by Kate Mosse

At 950 pages, this is the longest book we have tackled. The book is set in Carcassonne in 1942, during World War 2. It is a story of resistance to German occupation. The group is codenamed Citadel.A second story runs parallel of secrets hidden in the Pyrenees in this region.

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The Past September 2017
The Past
by Tessa Hadley
The story of a family who have 3 weeks together in their grandparents old house near some woods.
One of the reviews says she is one of the best writers of family life.

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A Song for Issy Bradley August 2017
A Song for Issy Bradley
by Carys Bray
Shortlisted for the 2014 COSTA first novel award.
A story of a Mormon family living in Liverpool who lose one of their 4 children to meningitis. The mother takes to her bed, the father, who is a bishop, finds it difficult to cope. The children are grieving without any adult support.
The writer was brought us as a Mormon but left the religion as an adult. She is married with 4 children.

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Netherwood July 2017
Netherwood
by Jane Sanderson
Above stairs: Lord Netherwood keeps his considerable fortune ticking over with the profits from his three coal mines in the vicinity. It's just as well the coal is of the highest quality as the upkeep of Netherwood Hall, his splendid estate on the outskirts of town, doesn't come cheap. And that's not to mention the cost of keeping his wife and daughters in the latest fashions-- and keeping the heir, the charming but feckless Tobias, out of trouble.

Below stairs: Eve Williams, is the wife of one of Lord Netherwood's most stalwart employees. When her ordered existence amid the terraced rows of the miners' houses is brought crashing down by the twin arrivals of tragedy and charity, Eve must look to her own self-sufficiency, and talent, to provide for her three young children. And it's then that 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' collide in truly dramatic fashion...

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The Hundred Year Old Man June 2017
The Hundred Year Old Man who climbed out of the window and disappeared
by Jonas Jonasson.
Most of the group had already read this book and hadn't particularly enjoyed it. Some parts were quite amusing but mostly it was too far fetched.
The book starts when the main character leaves the old peoples home on his 100th birthday and sets off on an adventure. The book introduces events from his life, where he manages to meet and befriend most of the most powerful world leaders. He also finds the worst criminals and mob leaders friendly and everyone likes him.

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April 2017

lake of dreams

The Lake of Dreams
by Kim Edwards
The author of best seller The Memory Keepers Daughter. Lucy comes home after living and working in Japan after her mother is involved in a car accident. She starts delving into the family history after finding some papers hidden in an old trunk.

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March 2017

last days of the book club

Last Days of the Bus Club
By Chris Stewart
The author lives on a remote farm in Spain. This book is a selection of stories about his life there. He was a drummer in a band but left before they became Genesis. He has written several best sellers and is treated like a minor celebrity in the region.

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