The Book of Hidden Things – Francesco Dimitri – Review

Four friends have a pact: to meet up on the same day every year in their small hometown in southern Italy. Art, the charismatic leader of the group, has always been adamant about the pact. But this year, he doesn’t show up.

Searching for him, the friends make a worrying discovery: Art has been farming marijuana, a very dangerous activity in mafia controlled country. Asking around in town, they hear bizarre and incredible rumours that Art cured a young girl of leukaemia.

And them, amongst the chaos of his house, they find a curious manuscript written by Art called The Book of Hidden Things, which promises to reveal secrets enchanting as flames, and just as treacherous…

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All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven – Review

Theodore Finch wants to take his own life… ‘I’m broken, and no one can fix it’.

Violet Markey is devastated by her sister’s death… ‘In that instant, we went plowing through the guardrail, my words died too.

They meet on the ledge of the school bell tower, and so their story begins. It’s only together they can be themselves…

But, as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. How far will Violey go to save the boy she has come to love?

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Funny Girl – Nick Hornby – Review

Five minutes after being crowned Miss Blackpool 1964, Barabra Parker has ditched the tiara and is off to London to make her fortune. A chance encounter, a shrewd change of name and one audition later sees Sophie Straw with her own BBC comedy series – and there the trouble starts.

Sophie works with a team of producers, writers and actors all vying to make this funny girl even funnier, and the nation loves her. This is the Swinging Sixties: freedom and creativity are booming in London. 

But everything is changing and nothing lasts forever. Sophie and her colleagues are in the limelight but how long can they stay on top? And when is it time to change the channel? 

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Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven – Review

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, but no one’s ever looked past her weight to see who she really is. Since her mum’s death, Libby’s been hiding, but now she’s ready for high school.
I was to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin too – sexy, aloof and too cool for school. But Jack’s swaggering confidence is hiding a secret he must keep at all costs. Be charming. Be hilarious.
Don’t get too close to anyone.

Then Jack meets Libby. And their worlds change.
Because sometimes when you meet someone the whole universe just comes into focus.

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You and Me Always – Jill Mansell – Review

(While you try to get that song out of your head, have a read of this)

Lily’s always been surrounded by love. 

Ever since her mother died, she’s been cared for by friends who are as close as any family.

Coral, her mum’s best best friend, Pasty, her old babysitter – and even Dan, Patsy’s incorrigible younger brother – have always been there for her. 

But when the chance comes to meet the man who was the love of her mother’s life, Lily knows she has to take it. Getting to know him could change everything, and not just for Lily… Continue reading “You and Me Always – Jill Mansell – Review”

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman – Review

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled existence. Except, sometimes, everything…

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The Big Read with Elle Hache – The Penguin Lessons – Tom Michell

The final book in the ‘Big Read’ series that has been ongoing on the blog, I’ve left the most beautiful story for last. The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell.

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