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The Full cupboard of life by Alexander McCall Smith

About the book Mma Ramotswe, who became engaged to Mr J.L.B. Matekoni at the end of the first book in this series, is still engaged. She wonders when a day for the wedding will be named, but she is anxious to avoid putting too much pressure on her fiance. For he has other things on […]


The No 1 ladies’ detective agency by Alexander McCall Smith

About the book The No. 1 Ladies‘ Detective Agency is one woman, Precious Ramotswe, working out of a breezeblock office in Botswana. A cross between Kinsey Millhone and Miss Marple, Precious makes an unlikely heroine as she embarks on a very African mystery. Reviewed by Titchfield Abbey WI We all enjoyed this charming book. It […]


Espresso tales by Alexander McCall Smith

About the book In Espresso Tales, Alexander McCall Smith returns home to Edinburgh and the glorious cast of his own tales of the city, the residents of 44 Scotland Street, with a new set of challenges for each one of them. Bruce, the intolerably vain and perpetually deluded ex-surveyor, is about to embark on a […]


The Accidental by Ali Smith

About the book The Accidental is Ali Smith’s dazzling novel about a family holiday and a stranger who upends it. Arresting and wonderful, The Accidental pans in on the Norfolk holiday home of the Smart family one hot summer. There a beguiling stranger called Amber appears at the door bearing all sorts of unexpected gifts, […]


Moo by Jane Smiley

About the book Brilliantly funny satire set in a contemporary American university. Deep in the wheatfields of the American midwest, Moo University is in a state of disarray…In this witty and biting comedy of manners, Jane Smiley turns her wryly perceptive eye towards a community where men and women, the innocent and the cynical, thinkers […]


A Thousand acres by Jane Smiley

About the book Larry Cook’s farm is the largest in Zebulon County, Iowa, and a tribute to his hard work and single-mindedness. His decision to hand the farm over to his 3 daughters is out of character, and Caroline, who has misgivings, is immediately cut out. Reviewed by Friends of Farnborough One person thought this […]


Ice road by Gillian Slovo

About the book Leningrad, 1933. Loyalties, beliefs, love: all are about to be tested to the limit in one of the most crushing moments the world will ever know. Watching everything is Irina, who understands that simple loyalty to an individual may well be more powerful than blind loyalty to an idea. Reviewed by Denmead […]


The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

About the book Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cancer cells became one of the most important tools in medicine. Rebecca Skloot takes the reader on an extraordinary journey in search of Henrietta’s story. Reviewed by Bookends We found this book to […]


Saturday night and Sunday morning by Alan Sillitoe

About the book Working all day at a lathe leaves Arthur Seaton with energy to spare in the evenings. A hard-drinking, hard-fighting young rebel of a man, he knows what he wants and he’s sharp enough to get it. Reviewed by Tadley Reading Group Seemed outdated to us all having seen the film so long […]


Requiem for a Wren by Nevil Shute

About the book Janet Prentice is a former Wren who fell in love during the war. The death of her fiance and her hope clouds her future, even when World War II is over. Tragically, her self-destructive urges take her further towards despair. Reviewed by Goodworth Clatford The story pivots around the accidental killing of […]