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Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,394 - Total Helpful Votes: 236 of 328
After the Bombing by Clare Morrall
After the Bombing by Clare Morrall
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Clare Morrall is an author I look out for, several of the books I have loved, so I was looking forward to reading this new book. It is the story of Alma Braithwaite and her school, Goldwyn's, switching between her wartime experiences as a pupil and then twenty years later her time as a music teacher.
A new head arrives and this is the catalyst for change but the other new arrival that brings back memories and emotions is the daughter of Robert Gunning. The lives of the staff and pupils are well drawn and the story unfolds slowly and evocatively. I am mulling over my thoughts as I want to do justice to this lovely book but another winner by Morrall.
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
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I have read and enjoyed Quick's other books so it was with interest that I turned to this. It tells the story of Bartholomew through his series of letters to Richard Gere. Gere was his mum's favourite actor and, as she has recently lost her battle with brain cancer, the letters provide a link.
Many of the same issues from his other novels return: relationships with family; the role of doctors/therapists; mental illness; vulnerable people being drawn together to heal; and some philosophical debating. It reminded me of Craig Lancaster's Edward books and the Rosie Project in that some serious issues are covered but in a warm, quirky style that is accessible. The problem with the light… Read more
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
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This debut novel starts with a tragic future incident then moves back to introduce the stories of two young girls - Lavinia and Belle. The initial twist on slave issues is the intriguing addition of a red headed Irish immigrant, Lavinia, orphaned on the boat over and placed in the care of the extended slave family of the 'Kitchen House'; her story is contrasted with Belle's who has had a taste of privilege but who now has to cope with abuse and suspicion because of misunderstandings over her role in the household.
It is a page turner with characters that evoke emotion and filled with incidents that shock, anger and challenge the readers. It flows well and although you may question the… Read more

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