In the place of fallen leaves by Tim Pears

It is the summer of 1984, one of the longest and hottest of the 20th century. Unemployment reaches record levels, the nation's teachers are on strike, police and miners fight running battles, and time in a Devon village is apparently slipping backwards. Reviewed by Queen Mary's College Library reading group This review provoked a lively… Continue reading In the place of fallen leaves by Tim Pears

Stone's Fall by Iain Pears

Iain Pears tells the story of John Stone, financier and armaments manufacturer, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War I he was able to manipulate markets, industries and indeed whole countries and continents. Reviewed by Women Who Read reading group This book sparked a lot of debate. It was long, so… Continue reading Stone's Fall by Iain Pears

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

This book is about a group of terrorists who hold high executives and people of high political standing hostage. It explores how the terrorists and hostages cope with living in a house together for several months. Many of the characters form unbreakable bonds of friendship, while some fall in love.

Lullabies For Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill

The novel revolves around the twelve-year-old protagonist named Baby and follows her for two years. Baby lives with her father Jules, who has a worsening heroin addiction. The two move frequently, to various places around Montreal, where they encounter many other characters, among them junkies, bums, pimps, and abused children.