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A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie
A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie
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4.0 out of 5 stars A God in Every Stone, 8 July 2014
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A God in Every Stone begins in 1914 with Vivian Rose Spencer, a young Englishwoman, discovering the ancient history of Southern Turkey and falling in love with her mentor and family friend, on an archaeological dig. When war flares up Viv must return to England and work as a nurse but she still dreams pursuing her career as an archaeologist.

The novel then introduces us to a young Pathan soldier in the British Indian army, Qayyam Gul. Qayyam is wounded at Ypres and whilst recuperating in Brighton he begins to question his loyalty to the British cause.

Vivian and Qayyam's stories intersect on a train to Peshawar and the rest of the novel remains set in Peshawar in… Read more
Hate by Alan Gibbons
Hate by Alan Gibbons
4.0 out of 5 stars Hate by Alan Gibbons, 3 July 2014
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Based on or inspired by the horrifying murder of Sophie Lancaster in 2007 Alan Gibbons's novel is a powerful and emotional read. Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend were brutally attacked because of their goth appearance. It was one of the most shocking and horrific hate crimes of recent years.

Gibbons explores this very emotional territory by telling the story of Eve Morrison whose sister Rosie was murdered and of Anthony who witnessed the murder and didn't come forward. Anthony has a chance at redemption when it looks like the same thing is happening all over again when a boy is bullied at school for his sexuality.

This is a good YA novel for 12+ to explore questions… Read more
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
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This is the first Karen Joy Fowler novel I've read and I would definitely recommend it and I would definitely read more from her.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is, at first glance, a traditional family story but this is no ordinary family.

The novel follows Rosemary and starts when she is twenty-two and at university in California. It has been years since she last saw her brother and sister and she has a strained relationship with her scientist parents who persist in believing in the close-knit family they once were.

The story jumps back and forth between 1996, which Rosemary deems the middle of her story, and the beginning of her story when she… Read more