• The hand that first held mine
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    The Hand That First Held Mine – Maggie O’Farrell

    In this beautiful, poignant tale of motherhood, of the hidden connections between seemingly unconnected things, of the impermeance of our existence against the winds of time, Maggie O’Farrell weaves a spell that lingers on long after you have finished the book. There are two parallel storyline. In the first, Lexie Sinclair has just moved to London with big dreams and starry-eyed innocence. It is the 1950s, and bohemian Soho, a world that she has never known, opens up to her when she falls madly in love with older, more worldly-wise magazine editor Innes Kent. Even as she grows up, learns…

  • South of the Border, West of the Sun
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    South of the Border, West of the Sun – Haruki Murakami

    Hajime and Shimamoto become friends at the age of 12. Both are only children and find kindred spirits in each other’s loneliness and ‘differentness’ as compared to their peers. But this peaceful, almost idyllic friendship doesn’t last when Hajime moves with his family to a neighbourhood a bit further away, and the barely visible exploration of romance between them is nipped in the bud. Hajime stumbles through adolesence and early adulthood, trying his best to ignore the nagging sensation that something is missing, that maybe his biggest life mistake has already happened, that he is lost and rudderless. “We were,…

  • Gentlemen and Players
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    Gentlemen and Players – Joanne Harris

    Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris is a dark, psychological thriller set during Michaelmas term at a grammar school somewhere in the North of England. Narrated by two people – one remains mysterious while the other is Roy Straitley, the Classics master and a veteran at the school who has an important part to play in what eventuall happens. This is a story that starts off normal, almost inconspicuous, much like the unknown second narrator of this story who makes the first inobtrusive foray into the forbidden grounds of St. Oswald’s. But it slowly gets dark and you dont really…

  • The House of Special Purpose
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    The House of Special Purpose – John Boyne

    In 1916 Georgy Jachmenev, a 17 year old farmer’s son impulsively throws himself in front of a bullet intended for the Tsar’s Uncle. He is rewarded for his courage with the post of personal bodyguard to the 11 year old Tsarevich Alexei Romanov. Thus begins a life he never dreamed of as he first hand witnesses the uprising of the Russian Revolution and ultimate massacre of the Romanovs at the hands of the Bolsheviks. Now as an 80 year old in London, Georgy has retired from a position at the British Museum and is looking after his terminally ill wife,…

  • A Tale Of Two Cities
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    A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

    Writing about some of the books I have read and re-read throughout the year is something I have wanted to do for the last few years but never got around to. Nothing like being homesick in Spain for seizing the moment! Every day from now till the 31st of December, I will be posting a few mini-reviews of my reading life in 2014. And there is no better book to start off with than this classic by Charles Dickens, a book I can always enjoy, my favourite book by him by a mile. It was the best of times, it…

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