October Round-Up – The Books I Read In October 2015

In October I read and reviewed six books, all fiction: Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett (Virago) – The first novel by screenwriter and director Shirley Barrett is a beautifully written story based on a whaling family in Eden, New South Wales. Narrated by Mary, the eldest daughter of the Davidson family, we uncover their family …

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Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

Jenny Offill’s second novel Dept. Of Speculation may be short but it is a book that whilst compact in size contains so much within its 177 pages. It is told in an unusual, almost disjointed way, and it tells the story of a marriage from the first meeting right through to the aftermath of an …

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Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey

Elizabeth Missing is the impressive debut novel by Emma Healey. It has been showered with critical praise and in addition to being nominated for multiple awards was a winner at the 2014 Costa Book Awards, picking up the prize for best first novel. ‘I reach for the phone. Button number four is Elizabeth. It rings …

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Theo by Ed Taylor

Theo is the coming-of-age tale of a ten year old boy with an unusual childhood. As the son of a rock musician and a fragile, estranged mother, Theo is forced to lead an unconventional and often unpleasant childhood. ‘The black and white photos are of people at the house a long time ago, around the …

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A Spool Of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

A Spool of Blue Thread is Anne Tyler’s twentieth novel and the first that I have read. Making the shortlist of both the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and Man Booker Prize for 2015 it is an enthralling story of family and domestic life. ‘Well, of course they did hear from him again. The Whitshank’s …

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The Widow by Fiona Barton

The Widow, the debut novel from Fiona Barton is undoubtedly one of the most eagerly anticipated novels of 2016. It has already drawn comparisons with recent bestselling thrillers Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, and looks set to be a hit when it is released in January. Having been fortunate enough to receive a …

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Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett

Rush Oh! is the debut novel from Shirley Barrett who is best known for her work as a screenwriter and director. Inspired by true events, this captivating novel tells the story of the Davidson family - a whaling family in Eden, New South Wales. The story is narrated by Mary Davidson, the eldest daughter of George …

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