The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West

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Rose Aubrey is one of a family of four children. Their father, Piers, is the disgraced son of an Irish landowning family, a violent, noble and quite unscrupulous leader of popular causes. His Scottish wife, Clare, is an artist, a tower of strength, fanatically devoted to a musical future for her daughters.

This is the story of their life in south London, a life threatened by Piers’s streak of tragic folly which keeps them on the verge of financial ruin and social disgrace . . .

 

Reviewed by Jane & Nick’s – Fleet Library

Apart from one, this was not popular with us! Some could, in places, appreciate the fine style – until it descended into dense and rather laborious prose

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Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

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Beginning in America, and spilling back over memories and generations to India, Unaccustomed Earth explores the heart of family life and the immigrant experience. Eight luminous stories – longer and richer than any Jhumpa Lahiri has yet written – take us from America to Europe, India and Thailand as they follow new lives forged in the wake of loss.

Reviewed by Basingstoke Tuesday Afternoon

“An excellent book, beautifully written. A lot of deep themes but handled with lightness and subtlety. We all enjoyed it very much and had thought provoking discussions”

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The Storyteller's daughter by Saira Shah

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Saira always felt like an outsider. As a child growing up in Britain, she was told that she came from a far away Eastern land, a magical place that her father, the storyteller, would bring exotically to life. When, at the age of twenty-one, Saira set out to discover this magic land for herself, she found a devastated country quite unlike that of her father’s stories. Worse, as a modern Western woman, she felt despised and powerless. Yet despite the brutal shattering of her dream, Saira came to feel that her own heartfelt story belonged to this troubled land.

Reviewed by Basingstoke Library Thursday Group

“Enjoy” is hardly the right word. I was gripped, caught up in Saira’s search for her roots and moved by her descriptions of the beauty of Afghanistan. What a complex country of national, factional and obsessional groups. she tries so hard to help and after her great efforts and deprivations, her hardships and journeys, she finally has to return to the West – somehow defeated and yet enlightened and most knowledgeable. May all politicians read this book and learn! I learned a lot.

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Astonishing Splashes of Colour by Clare Morrall

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When an innocent trip to see the play Peter Pan gives Kitty’s four brothers an excuse to deny her access to her much-loved nieces, she finds herself in a skewed, vividly colored world where children become emblems of hope, longing, and grief. Still reeling from the loss of her own child that never was, Kitty is suddenly made shockingly aware of the real reason for her pervasive sense of non-existence. Suddenly, her family’s oddness, the secrets of her mother’s life and death, and the disappearance of her sister come into a startling new focus—one that leaves Kitty struggling to find own identity.

Reviewed by Eastleigh Library Wednesday Group:

Most enjoyed the book although it was difficult to get inside the character, in particular with her illness. Easy read and gripping.

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