Kalooki nights by Howard Jacobson

Fixated on the crimes that have been committed against his people, Max Glickman is drawn into the family history of an old childhood friend. It leads him to one conclusion - there can be, and should be, no release from his Holocaust obsessions. Review by Shipton Bellinger WI Only 2  of 10 liked this book,… Continue reading Kalooki nights by Howard Jacobson

Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

Joe Spork repairs clockwork and lives above his shop in a wet, unknown bit of London. All Joe wants is a quiet life, but when he fixes one particularly unusual device his life is suddenly upended. The client? Unknown. And the device? Its a 1950s doomsday machine. Review by Monday, Monday Reading Group Although not… Continue reading Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

Close range by Annie Proulx

These stories are set in the beautiful, wild landscape of Wyoming where cowboys live much as they have done for generations - hard, lonely lives in unforgiving country. Review by Tuesday Afternoon Reading Group Stunnig and excellent descriptions of landcape, weather and people. Overall feeling of bleak, hard lives. Very well researched and interesting. Difficult… Continue reading Close range by Annie Proulx

My sister's keeper by Jodi Picoult

The only reason Anna was born was to donate her cord blood cells to her older sister. By the age of 13, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions and injections so that her sister Kate can fight the leukaemia that has plagued her since she was a child. Now Anna wants control over her own… Continue reading My sister's keeper by Jodi Picoult

Mercy by Jodi Picoult

Cameron MacDonald has spent his life guided by duty. As the police chief of a small Massachusetts town that has been home to generations of his Scottish clan, he is bound to the town's residents by blood and honour. Yet when his cousin arrives at the police station with the body of his wife, Cam… Continue reading Mercy by Jodi Picoult

Keeping faith by Jodi Picoult

In the aftermath of her mother's divorce, seven-year-old Faith begins to confide in an imaginary friend. Her mother Mariah puts it down to Faith's imagination, but when Faith develops stigmata and performs miraculous healings, Mariah wonders if her daughter might actually be seeing God. Review by Botley Book Circle Inspired alot of discussion - especially… Continue reading Keeping faith by Jodi Picoult

The Tenderness of wolves by Stef Penney

As winter tightens its grip on the isolated settlement of Dove River, a woman steers herself for the journey of a lifetime. A man has been brutally murdered and her 17-year old son has disappeared. To clear her son's name, she has no choice but to follow the tracks leaving the dead man's cabin. Reviewed… Continue reading The Tenderness of wolves by Stef Penney

Fall of giants by Ken Follett

In a plot of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, 'Fall of Giants' moves seamlessly from Washington to St Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty. Reviewed by Bookends Reading Group The group felt that… Continue reading Fall of giants by Ken Follett

The Midwife's daughter by Patricia Ferguson

Violet Dimond, the Holy Terror, has delivered many of the town's children - and often their children - in her capacity as handywoman. But Violet's calling is dying out as, with medicine's advances, the good old ways are no longer good enough. Grace, Violet's adopted daughter, is a symbol of change herself. Reviewed by Bookends… Continue reading The Midwife's daughter by Patricia Ferguson

The Divide by Nicholas Davies

Set in a time when the War on Terror has spread to the very heartland of America, 'The Divide' is the story of a family devastated by the activities of a much loved daughter who is wanted by the FBI for murder and acts of terrorism. Reviewed by Bookends Reading Group Unanimous positive reception for… Continue reading The Divide by Nicholas Davies