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If you like Isabel Dalhousie’s gentle approach to solving mysteries, you will probably also enjoy Varg ­– Alexander McCall Smith’s Swedish detective, who works for the Sensitive Crimes division of the police. Like Isabel, he spends a lot of time in his…
In this review of ‘The Other Bennet Sister’ by Janice Hadlow I have reflected on the plot, so you may not want to read this before reading the actual book … This new angle on Pride and Prejudice looks at the events…
I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Longbourn … reading about the servants’ impoverished lives behind the scenes didn’t immediately grip me, but by the second chapter I was hooked. There’s -something about the grittiness of the writing. Jo Baker…
Miss Benson’s Beetle is a weird and joyous journey to the other side of the world in search of a beetle on the surface, but actually about finding out how to be a true expression of yourself. To shuck off other people’s…
Boy Swallows Universe, by Trent Dalton, smashes down preconceptions about what it’s like to grow up in a household with a convicted murderer as your babysitter, a mother who is a heroin addict until she isn’t, and a father who apparently tried…
'Scented' is an exploration of who a person is when they lose the security and status associated with professional work ... her central character, Sian, goes from being a university professor of American Studies, appreciated for her research and her teaching skills,…