Susannah

A PLEASURE AND A CALLING

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ISBN: 9781250060631
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Published: Picador USA - January 6th, 2015

This is a skillfully unfurled story; a taut psychological thriller with an increasing sense of menace featuring a noseyparker, a spy, a “connoisseur” of people’s private lives who is possibly the creepiest character you’ve ever met. Don’t just lock your doors, change the locks too!

Susannah


EVERY DAY IS MOTHER’S DAY

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ISBN: 9780312668037
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Published: St. Martin's Press - August 31st, 2010

Long before Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel wrote her excellent black comedy Every Day is Mother's Day and its sequel, Vacant Possession , which unleash the horrific Muriel Axon upon the world. The two time Booker Prize winner succeeds in delivering a creepy and satirical domestic saga that is precise, frightening and entertaining, and we can see exactly how well she cut her narrative teeth.

Susannah


Patrick Melrose Novels

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ISBN: 9780312429966
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Published: Picador USA - January 31st, 2012

The "Melrosian" - or five short novels centered on the life of Patrick Melrose - is a powerful and ambitious novel cycle based loosely on the author's own life.  Elegantly written and powerfully controlled, it is serious, and sometimes heartbreaking, yet also laugh out loud funny in its pithy observations of the lives of privilege and wealth.  The sort of read that remains with you once the book is done.


Susannah


The Devil in the Marshalsea

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ISBN: 9780544176676
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Published: Mariner Books - June 10th, 2014

Listed as one of the best crime novels of the year by The Guardian (UK), this is historical fiction at its best. So thoroughly researched and evocatively written you can feel and smell London - in particular the Marshalsea debtors' prison - of 1727. This rip roaring tale does not give us the sentimental Marshalsea of Dickens' Little Dorit but something entirely more brutal, corrupt and festering in its insidious detail. Any fans of David Liss' Benjamin Weaver series will love this.

Susannah V.


Lost for Words

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ISBN: 9780374280291
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - May 20th, 2014

A highly entertaining, though sometimes excoriating, send up of a certain British literary award.  After failing to win the Mann Booker in 2006 for Mother's Milk, St Aubyn claimed to have been "relieved", he was then not even long listed for his follow up, At Last, despite protests from his many fans.  Lost for Words is a witty riposte and half the fun is trying to figure out St Aubyn's satirical targets. (thriller writer and ex MI5 head Stella Rimmington is the most obvious). It is both hilarious and somewhat bitter at the same time. I wonder what literary prize committees will do with this next year.... hmmm, tricky.

 
Susannah and Gary


An Elephant in the Garden

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ISBN: 9780312593698
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 25th, 2011

A thoroughly humane and accessible tale of WWII survival that follows one family's trek across Germany after the fire bombing of Dresden, accompanied by a young zoo elephant. Recounted by an old lady in a nursing home to a young boy, and loosely based on real events, it is a poignant tale of the effects of war on both sides.  It includes just the right amount of danger to keep it exciting, but is thought provoking enough to raise awareness of the sacrifices made and bravery exhibited in WWII.

Susannah


Remember Me Like This

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ISBN: 9781400062126
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Published: Random House - May 13th, 2014

How the aftermath of a crime impacts the intricate workings of the nuclear family is the point of this story - the part that mystery novels often leave out; the victims and their friends and families left to deal as best they can while the detectives move on.   This is a very sympathetic family which has all coped with the disappearance of their son/brother/grandson in different ways and when, after 4 years, he is returned home things will never be quite the same again.   A page turner written with great empathy and insight.

Susannah


Twisters – Colors and Opposites

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By Anton Poitier (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780764166884
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Published: Barron's Educational Series - April 1st, 2014

Colorful, fun, educational and made of tough stuff for the less careful little hands. Adorable too.

 

Susannah


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By Anton Poitier (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780764166877
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Published: Barron's Educational Series - April 1st, 2014

Ball

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ISBN: 9780547759364
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 2nd, 2013

THE book for anyone who has ever loved a dog who loved a toy.  Ball! or ball? thinks the obsessive pooch and his world is complete while his young owner is there to throw it for him.  But when she leaves for school he has to amuse himself until she returns - to mixed success.  The drawings of the dog, overweight, highly expressive and drooling, are a masterpiece in the power of a few cleverly placed lines to illustrate emotion and the love in the three way relationship of dog-girl-ball is touching.

 

Susannah


Whispers Underground

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ISBN: 9780345524614
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Published: Del Rey Books - July 31st, 2012

Starting with Midnight Riot, Aaronovitch has created his own genre of supernatural crime novel, sort of grown up Harry Potter meets CSI: London, and it's really funny and really well done.  Whispers Underground is the third in the series and begins with the death of an American exchange student in the London Underground system. Quintessentially British in its self-deprecating humor and flamboyant one-liners, the narrative voice is fresh but cynical, and the recurring characters both magical and very human.   I for one, want more.

 

Susannah


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