Juliet Friesen is just ten years old when her peace-activist family moves to post-revolutionary war Nicaragua in 1985 to protest American involvement. They set up a dysfunctional and extraordinary life living amongst the political conflict.
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The year is 1381. The 14-year-old king, Richard II, sits on the throne with an unwavering belief in his God-given right to reign. However yet another unfeasibly large tax on the very poorest of his subjects results in civil unrest and the beginnings of an uprising – the Peasant's Revolt.
By most criteria Patti Smith is an extraordinary artist in many different mediums and as M Train shows writing is no exception. It is written with the poetry of a lyricist similar to the swirling worlds of Dylan, Bolano and Murakami.
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John Boyne returns to the Second World War with another brilliantly imagined, gripping read for children.
Alison Weir has been praised for her readability, depth of research and superb storytelling. Her latest historical biography does not disappoint. Her pleasant, easy narrative voice spins a tale of factious squabbling, courtly romances and vicious politics.
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