Aliya Whiteley’s short novel begins with the sentence ‘I cannot sleep’ and ends with a stirring declaration of intent. In the hundred or so intervening pages we follow the development of Shirley Fearn, a schoolgirl who nurses a love for the teacher at her village school, the appropriately named Mr Tiller, who has been horrifically wounded in the First World War, recently ended (‘He isn’t a real man, of course, not after that injury’, says a village gossip).
Shirley’s relationship with Mr Tiller, the exact nature of his injury and what it portends, and her own growth into awareness form the backbone of the novel, which is set in an isolated English rural community. Continue reading The Arrival of Missives – Book Review
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
I don’t know what made me chose this book first from all the list. It might be my attraction to mysteries and thrillers, to troubled characters or misunderstood teenagers. And this book is no different. Being set in a Brooklyn posh high-school it just reminded me of Gossip Girl and that messed up world.
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Legend is the sixth and final book in the Real series by Katy Evans and follows the journey of Maverick “the Avenger” Cage. Cage is new to the underground circuit and is determined to take out every other fighter in his path so he can reign as the champion.
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Anyone who knows about my love of books will also know my love for Becky Brandon nee Bloomwood and her lovely husband Luke. I have been waiting for a long time to read this book, and if you have read the last Shopaholic book, you will remember the ending…
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