Gem squash tokoloshe by Rachel Zadok

About the book

Faith’s father takes to the road as a travelling salesman, leaving Faith and her mother, Bella, alone on their farm. They keenly await his weekend visits, until one day he stops coming altogether and Bella’s health beings to decline

Reviewed by Thursday Group Tadley Library

On the whole the marks were much lower than we normally give ranging from 3 to 6.5 out of 10. some found it unbelievable; however we still had a very long discussion on it so from that angle it was a worthwhile read. Some of us felt there were parts of it that certain lines and paragraphs were very nicely expressed and memorable.

Star rating: **

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The Shadow of the wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is a labyrinthine library of obscure & forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. A man brings his 10-year-old son to the library & allows him to choose one book to keep. But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find.

Reviewed by Sherfield English Page Turners

The group found this book thoroughly entertaining and absorbing involving mystery, tragedy, magic, human and first rate story telling. Based in Barcelona in the post war years it gives a real glimpse of life in post civil war Spain.

Star rating: ****

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The book Thief by M Zusak

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Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist: books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids – as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

Reviewed by Firgrove Ladies Book Group:

The unusual style provoked discussion and differences of opinion.  A profound read which showed the resilience of human beings in extremely difficult situations.  It encouraged healthy discussion.

Star rating: ****

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