Book of the Month – September

Off the Shelf – Book of the Month This month’s book was Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. This book was winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2009. Elizabeth Strout offers profound insights into the complexities of human relationships – its various chapters share the conflicts, tragedies and joys of life from the smallest incidental moments to people’s exploration of their […]

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Falling in Love (Death at La Fenice)

  Off The Shelf Falling in Love (Death at La Fenice)   Falling in Love (Death at La Fenice) was this month’s book written by American author Donna Leon. Leon lived in Venice for many years and has written a series of crime novels set in and around the city, featuring her fictional hero Commissario Guido Brunetti. Flavia Petrelli has […]

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‘Tombland’ by C.J. Sansom

‘Tombland’ by C.J. Sansom This month, our book was ‘Tombland’ by C.J. Sansom. This was the seventh in the series of Matthew Shardlake, the hunchbacked lawyer detective. In this case Shardlake is directed by Lady Elizabeth (the future queen) to investigate the murder involving a distant relative. In so doing, Shardlake, aided by his assistant Nicholas Overton, finds himself embroiled […]

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‘A Winter Book’ by Tove Jansson

‘A Winter Book’ by Tove Jansson ‘A Winter Book’ by Tove Jansson. This is a quirky collection of short stories by an author more renowned for her children’s books about the Moomins. On one level they are an easy read but also have depth and gravitas. They are written from the point of view of a naive child and are […]

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Elizabeth and Her German Garden

  Book review: ‘Elizabeth and Her German Garden’ by Elizabeth Von Arnim This book is a delightful read which gave a glimpse into the life of a wealthy German lady in the 1800s, who gently mocks the conventions of marriage and motherhood. The chapters show her life through the seasons and depict a rural world that seems long past. Elizabeth […]

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‘The Age Of Innocence’,Novel By Edith Wharton

‘The Age Of Innocence’,Novel By Edith Wharton This month’s book was ‘The Age of Innocence’, a 1920’s novel by American author Edith Wharton. The book is set in the 1870s, in upper-class New York Society. Although we appreciated Wharton’s attention to detail, we found the book introduced too many characters in the first few pages and we discovered that we […]

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