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Contrmporary and historical fiction, dystopia.

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A Pleasure and a Calling by Phil Hogan
A Pleasure and a Calling by Phil Hogan
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Eek, that William Heming is a creepy fellow! This was actually the strong point of the book: this man just goes in and out of houses as he pleases. He’s the owner of an estate agent’s but he doesn’t seem to spend a lot of time there. Often, he has a fixation on someone or on a family. He then visits their house but also follows them around town. No, he’s not a stalker! No way.

When he gets involved with the people in one of ‘his’ houses, things turn sour. And William Heming stops at nothing. The creep.

I loved this book for the character description of William Heming and how the reader gets to know more and more unsavoury things about the man. This was done brilliantly… Read more
Christmas Carol by Michele Gorman
Christmas Carol by Michele Gorman
4.0 out of 5 stars Chrismas Carol, 27 Nov 2013
This was a fun story about a woman who was so caught up in her important job, that she could barely spare a weekend with her family in Scotland. There, to her horror, she finds that all three of her exes happen to be invited to the wedding, too. She talks to each of them, and slowly defrosts into a nice woman, who isn't all that worried about the fact that they're snowed in and so she has to miss an extra day at work.

I expected this to be more like the "real" Christmas Carol, with some repetition, as in: the first night the clock struck one and..., the second night at one..., etc. But instead, it was much more subtle.

The wedding was glossed over a bit, I never got a… Read more
The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed
The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The writing is very, very good. No wonder this author is one of Granta's "Best Young Novelist 2013. The book is written in the present tense, which makes the story very direct and the war situations very acute. There isn't a lot of actual fighting in the book. Most of the book is about three very different women's experiences during this difficult time.

The book begins very strong, and drew me in straight away, with the three women briefly meeting in a stadium where there is a national celebration. Nawsar, a woman of 50+ years old, an old woman in Somalia, goes there against her will, and helps Deqo, a little girl, when she is arrested by Filsan and her team. Thereafter, the… Read more

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