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The Good Guy by Susan Beale

 Source: Free review copy received from publisher Five words from the blurb: marriage, deception, suburban, New England, intentions The Good Guy is a fantastic debut. It is packed with passion and emotion; an example of what happens when an author has a personal story that they just have to write about. The Good Guy is set in 1960s New […]

A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler

 Source: Library Translated from the German by Charlotte Collins Shortlisted for 2016 MAN Booker International Prize Five words from the blurb: mountain, valley, change, solitude, great A Whole Life is only 150 pages long, but it contains a beautiful, perfectly formed, story about the life of one man. Andreas Egger lives in a remote mountain […]

It’s All In Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan

 Source: Library Shortlisted for 2016 Wellcome Book Prize Five words from the blurb: disease, psychosomatic, real, doctors, emotions Stress affects us all. We are aware that we might have a racing heart during an important meeting, but few of us know that it can cause our bodies to react in more extreme ways. Some people can […]

Home is Burning by Dan Marshall

 Source: Free review copy received from publisher Five words from the blurb: dying, parents, motor neurone disease, cancer, hilarious Home is Burning is one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read. It is a brutally honest description of what it is like to look after someone who is terminally ill. It manages to combine the […]

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

 Source: Personal Copy Five words from the blurb: college, friendship, decades, New York, trauma A Little Life is one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read. The evolving relationship between four college friends over several decades sounds like nothing special, but Yanagihara manages to get under their skin in a way few writers can. […]

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

 Source: Personal copy Five words from the blurb: India, slum, fugitive, prison, redemption Shantaram is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It is an amazing story and the fact that most of it actually happened makes it even more incredible. It may be long, but every single page is a joy to read […]