‘The Luminaries’ by Eleanor Catton

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‘It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On the night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery; a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.’ Continue reading

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‘Misery’ by Stephen King

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‘Misery Chastain is dead. Paul Sheldon has just killed her- with relief, with joy. Misery made him rich; she was the heroine of a string of bestsellers. And now he wants to get on to some real writing.

That’s when the car accident happens, and he wakes up in pain in a strange bed. But it isn’t hospital. Annie Wilkes has pulled him from the wreck, brought him to her remote mountain home, splinted and set his mangled legs.

The good news is Annie was a nurse and has pain-killing drugs. The bad news is that she has long been Paul’s Number One Fan. And when she finds out what Paul has done to Misery, she doesn’t like it. She doesn’t like it at all…’ Continue reading

‘Shadow of the Hangman’ by Edward Marston

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‘1815. Peter and Paul Skillen, identical twins and fearless thief-takers, stalk all who dare to walk in the shadow of the hangman. When they catch a notorious burglar, they claim a handsome reward and infuriate the Bow Street Runners who believe they have a monopoly on policing in the capital.
The Home Secretary, Viscount Sidmouth, faces a crisis. During a massacre of American prisoners of war at Dartmoor, two escape and come to London in search of retribution. If their demands are not met, Sidmouth will be killed. The Skillen brothers are hired to catch the fugitives and must compete with the runners to bring the villains to justice in a compelling tale of murder, kidnap, revenger, intrigue and political machination.’ 
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‘Atonement’ by Ian McEwan

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‘On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching her too is Robbie Turner who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever, as Briony commits a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.’ Continue reading

‘Shakespeare’ by Bill Bryson

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‘World famous writer Bill Bryson brings us this brilliantly readable biography of our greatest dramatist and poet William Shakespeare.
Examining centuries of myths, half-truths and downright lies, Bill Bryson tries to make sense of the man behind the masterpieces. In a journey through the streets of Shakespeare’s time, he brings to life the hubbub of Elizabethan England and a host of characters along the way. Bryson celebrates the glory of Shakespeare’s language- his ceaseless inventiveness gave us hundreds of now indispensable phrases, images and words- and delights in details of his fall-outs and folios, poetry and plays.
Stitching together information from a vast array of sources, he has created a unique celebration of one of the most significant, and least understood, figures in history, not to mention a classic piece of Bryson.’  
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