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A Summer at Sea Katie Fforde

Book review – A Summer at Sea by Katie Fforde

11
Feb
2016

If I had to choose the perfect writer to cheer me up on a shivery winter’s day I’d definitely go for Katie Fforde. I began reading her new novel, A Summer at Sea, in a hospital waiting room, feeling ever so ...continued

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06
Feb
2016

Maggie O’Farrell is one of my favourite authors. She always has been – ever since I picked up a copy of After You’d Gone, her first novel, and didn’t put ...continued

27
Jan
2016

My children are grown up now but I’m a pushover when it comes to picture books. Steve Antony’s work is the very best of the genre so when his latest ...continued

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07
Jan
2016

University creative writing courses are getting it in the neck again – this time from novelist DJ Taylor. In an interview with John Humphrys on Radio Four’s Today programme this ...continued

04
Jan
2016

If The Girl on the Train was last year’s stand-out title then The Widow could well be this year’s mega-success. A taut psychological thriller, it’s written by journalist Fiona Barton. ...continued

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