Lottery by Patricia Wood

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Perry L. Crandall knows what it’s like to be an outsider. With an IQ of 76, he’s an easy mark. Before his grandmother died, she armed Perry well with what he’d need to know: the importance of words and writing things down, and how to play the lottery. Most importantly, she taught him whom to trust – a crucial lesson for Perry when he wins the multimillion-dollar jackpot. As his family descends, moving in on his fortune, his fate and his few true friends, he has a lesson for them: never ever underestimate Perry L. Crandall.

 

Reviewed by Stubbington Book Ends

A delightful book. Enjoyed by everyone. Some lovely characters and some awful ones. A well crafted book which explored the true value of life”

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The Society of Others by William Nicholson

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Cool, clear-eyed, and bluntly cynical, the young narrator of The Society of Others embarks on a journey without a destination. He hitchhikes through Europe only to find himself in a mystifying country where terrorists are inexplicably after him, and so is a sinister government. In a surreal landscape where people are shot to death without reason and social control runs deep, he must learn who to trust–and what to stand for. Fast paced and provocative, a gripping philosophical thriller, The Society of Others is an ingenious meditation on the nature of contemporary innocence and identity.

Reviewed by The Benches Reading Group:

The author’s first adult novel gave our group much thought for discussion with a range of views concerning the subject person in the story. Quite well written, good description of people, country and urban areas. The inclusion of several painting masterpieces added special interest in the tale. Ending speculative – who was shot!

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