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Jakob's Colours by Lindsay Hawdon
I'm finding some absolutely beautiful and also absolutely heartbreaking books in the library at the moment - this one, Jakob's Colours, was recommended by a friend, and is right up there with the best of them. I am conscious that I've been using the word "b...

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And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
And the Mountains Echoed is a beautifully written, intense, and accomplished novel, as you'd expect from the author of The Kite Runner and the even more splendid A Thousand Splendid Suns. I did feel that I'd have liked to have spent more time with some of t...

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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
The Miniaturist is a wonderfully inventive and sensuous novel with
fantastic characters - both human sized and miniature! - and a deeply
engrossing plot. The sights and sounds and smells and claustrophobic politics
of 17th century Amsterdam  infuse
this int...

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Gingerbread by Robert Dinsdale
This is another beautifully written book: Gingerbread by Robert Dinsdale, is a wonderfully eloquent and genuinely disturbing contemporary fairy tale which is also as old and as wide as the forest into which we venture, fearing the wolves in men's clothing; ...

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At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison
This book caught my eye while I was browsing the library shelves because I'd previously read - and absolutely loved - Melissa Harrison's previous novel, Clay . At Hawthorn Time did not disappoint: whilst, in some respects, Jack and Jamie reminded me of the ...

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All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Anything I try to write about this novel will fail to do it justice. It's a story about a blind French girl, her father, her uncle and his housekeeper; it's also a story about a German boy, his sister, and his friend; it's about miniature hand-carved houses...

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The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers - an unforgettable journey
This book. This book. I have never taken so long to read such a short book. Not because it was
one of those books not worth the time, but because this book is worth the time. Not a page went by I
didn’t take in a breath and go back and read it again, even m...
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