The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and David & Stephen Baxter

1916: the Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where has the mud, blood and blasted landscape of No Man's Land gone? 2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive (some said mad, others dangerous) scientist when she finds a curious gadget - a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a...potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way Mankind views his world for ever. And that is an understatement if ever there was one...

A Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

From the moment Ross's fiancée Aimee was killed in a car accident, he's been trying to die too. But life won't let him go. His only hope now is that Aimee will come to him. So when he hears of strange happenings at an ancient Indian burial ground near his sister's home, he heads to Comtosook - desperate for rumours of a haunting to be true. What he finds there is not Aimee's ghost, but Lia, a very real woman whose life is filled with as many troubled secrets as his own . . .

That Old Ace in the hole by Annie Proulx

About the book Folks in the Texas panhandle do not like hog farms. But Bob Dollar is determined to see his new job as hog site scout for Global Pork Rind through to the end. However he is forced to face the idiosyncratic inhabitants of Woolybucket and to question his own notions of loyalty and… Continue reading That Old Ace in the hole by Annie Proulx

The Shipping news by Annie Proulx

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About the book A darkly comic portrait of human life and possibility. Quoyle is a hopeless hack journalist working in New York. When his two-timing wife dies in a road accident, he retreats to his ancestral home on the coast of Newfoundland where he must confront the unpredictable forces of nature and society. Reviewed by… Continue reading The Shipping news by Annie Proulx

The Dig by John Preston

About the book In the long hot summer of 1939 Britain is preparing for war. But on a riverside farm in Suffolk there is excitement of another kind. Mrs Pretty, the widowed farmer, has had her hunch proved correct that the strange mounds on her land hold buried treasure. Reviewed by Abbotts Ann WI Good,… Continue reading The Dig by John Preston

Thud by Terry Pratchett

About the book Koom Valley? That was where the trolls ambushed the dwarfs, or the dwarfs ambushed the trolls. Anyway, it was far away and a long time ago. But if Commander Sam Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch doesn't solve the case of a murdered dwarf, he could see the whole battle again, fought right… Continue reading Thud by Terry Pratchett

Feet of clay by Terry Pratchett

About the book Someone is murdering old men, the Patrician has been poisoned, the clay workers have started committing suicide, and there is a werewolf suffering from pre-lunar tension. Reviewed by Botley Book Circle We had polarised opinions of this book. Generally felt difficult to get into. Quite enjoyable when the plot started towards the… Continue reading Feet of clay by Terry Pratchett

La Cucina by Lily Prior

About the book La Cucina tells the story of Rosa Fiore, a solitary middle-aged librarian, who has resigned herself to a loveless life, and expresses her passionate nature through her delicious cooking. Reviewed by Eastleigh Library Wednesday Afternoon Group We were of mixed opinion over this, a good laugh, atmosphere, enjoyed the descriptions of the… Continue reading La Cucina by Lily Prior

The Butterfly house by Marcia Preston

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About the book "I was fifteen when my mother finally told me the truth about my father. She didn't mean to. She meant to keep it a secret forever. If she'd succeeded it might have saved us all." When a hauntingly familiar stranger knocks on Roberta Dutreau's door, she is compelled to begin a journey… Continue reading The Butterfly house by Marcia Preston

Yellow birds by Kevin Powers

About the book Poet and veteran Kevin Powers has composed an unforgettable account of friendship and loss. It vividly captures the desperation and brutality of war, and its terrible after-effects. But it is also a story of love, of great courage, and of extraordinary human survival. Reviewed by Women Who Read Well written but very… Continue reading Yellow birds by Kevin Powers