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Ben Aaronovitch at Stoke Newington Library
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Wednesday 4th October at 7pm, FREE. If you’ve loved the previous work of London author Ben Aaronovitch (‘Rivers of London’ & ‘Foxglove Summer’) why not head down to Stoke Newington Library Gallery on Wednesday 4th October for a live reading of his new book ‘The Furthest Station’ and a Q&A with the man himself. Set to […]

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Etta and Otto and Russell and James
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‘Etta and Otto and Russell and James’ Emma Hooper At the age of eighty two, Etta decides to leave her house, husband and friends to fulfil her deepest wish: to see the sea. A luminous story that will make you laugh, cry and laugh again. Marcella

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Ventoux
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‘Ventoux’ What a strange story! A Dutch best-seller in translation for the first time. A story of five friends, a cycling trip and a tragic deaths. Old wounds and unforgiven resentments are dragged into the sunlight on a return visit to the mountain some thirty years later. Full of unforgiving, brutally drawn characters and a […]

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Astragal
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‘Astragal’ Albertine Sarrazin French New Wave on paper- for fans of Jean-Luc Godard and Louis Malle. A young prisoner escapes and breaks her astragal on the way out. Whisked away by her lover she has to be waited on whilst she heals. An inward monologue. Thrilling- I read it in one go. James

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The Incorrigible Optimists Club
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‘The Incorrigible Optimists Club’ Jean-Michel Guenassia 1959- A newly politicised ‘teenage’ culture has emerged and meets the ageing émigré population over a game of chess in a Parisian bar. A tale of volatile Russians, political and personal allegiances, and the trials of growing up, vividly pictured in this quality page-turner. Aimée

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‘Look Who’s Back’ Timur Vermes
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Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting […]

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‘Ostrich’ Matt Greene
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Growing up is hard enough without a deadline. Alex’s parents know something he doesn’t. They know what’s happening inside his head. Alex is more interested in what’s happening outside it. He has homework to do and a marriage to save*. The clock is ticking. But there’s still time to win the heart of Chloe Gower […]

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‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’ Karen Joy Fowler
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Rosemary doesn’t talk very much, and about certain things she is silent. She had a sister, Fern, her whirlwind other half, who vanished from her life in circumstances she wishes she could forget. And its been ten years since she last saw her beloved older brother Lowell Review by Abigail An moving account of sibling […]

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‘The Bone Clocks’ David Mitchell
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One summer’s day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for ‘asylum’. Decades later Holly will finally come to understand exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking . The Bone Clocks follows the twists and turns of Holly’s life from a scarred adolescence in […]

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“The Goldfinch” Donna Tartt
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014 Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable […]

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