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Gwendolen
Diana Souhami
Review by Sally Hughes
It is surprising how often the less admirable characters capture the reader. A case in point is George Eliot’s novel Daniel Deronda.
Head of State
Andrew Marr
Review by Sinead Fitzgibbon
Andrew Marr, according to the publisher’s blurb, "has long wanted to write a political satire". One can understand why.

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Mr Mac and Me
Esther Freud
Review by Sally Hughes
Set on the Suffolk coast at the outbreak of the First World War, this novel is told through the eyes of Thomas Maggs the son of the local publican, a loner set apart by his disability, dreaming o
Pop Goes the Weasel
M.J. Arlidge
Review by Tracy Eynon
*contains spoilers for Eeny Meeny*
 
Detective Inspector Helen Grace is struggling with normality after cracking what has become a career defining case, but the murderer
The Brethren
Robert Merle
Review by Jo Harding
He has been called the Dumas for the 20th Century and his books compared to Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall series. But he is the prize winning Robert Merle.
Skink No Surrender
Carl Hiaasen
Review by Megan Brown
This brand new YA novel from bestselling crime writer and controversial columnist Carl Hiaasen is a surprising mix of crime thriller and teen fiction.
The Baking Life of Amelie Day
Vanessa Curtis

I love a bit of baking and with The Great British Bake-Off around the corner I decided to see if my inner teen could be persuaded to get off the couch and into the kitchen to try one of the several

Trust in Me
Sophie McKenzie
Review by Penny Batchelor
What with the worldwide popularity of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn in 2013, publishers are quick to offer readers of women's psychological thrillers alternatives in the genre.
Two More Pints
Roddy Doyle
Review by Sinead Fitzgibbon
What does Kate Middleton have in common with Nelson Mandela? Or Pope Benedict with Bob Hoskins, for that matter? Or Margaret Thatcher with Shirley Temple? Seamus Heaney with David Beckham?

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Adultery
Paulo Coelho
Review by Jade Craddock
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Debbie Taylor
Review by Tracy Eynon
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Linda Newbery
Review by Katie Clapham
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