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Shelf notes: If You Go Away by Adele Parks*

“Daring debutante Vivian Foster has London society at her feet – all she needs is a proposal to complete her triumphant season. A moment’s indiscretion causes her world to crumble, just as the country around her erupts into a devastating … Continue reading

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Shelf notes: American Housewife by Helen Ellis*

This is a dark and humorous collection of short stories set in the world of the American housewife. They are a select group, childless and privileged, who feud via email about wainscoting, discuss the code of the Southern lady, and … Continue reading

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December book acquisitions

December was a particularly bumper month for book acquisitions; both purchases and proofs from publishers reps and publicity departments. There are some treats ahead… Particular gems that I’m looking forward to are American Housewife, Helen Ellis‘ collection of short stories … Continue reading

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Shelf notes – A is for Arsenic, the poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup

It is often said that poison is a woman’s weapon: a claim made from Sherlock Holmes to Game of Thrones. That may or may not be true – accurate data is hard to come by, especially when looking at historical … Continue reading

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Shelf notes – The Daughter’s Secret by Eva Holland*

When she was 15, Stephanie ran away with her 24 year old teacher, Nathan Temperley. Six years later, her mother discovers that Temperley is about to be released from prison, far sooner than expected. The family have never talked about … Continue reading

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