Shelf Indulgence

Margaret Murphy recommends books across a range of styles and a mixture of new and old.

Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell

Arrow Books (2017), ISBN-10: 9781784756260 It’s a rare writing talent that can compel you to read on when you know that the worst has already happened. Ellie was fifteen, her mother Laurel’s golden girl. Then, in the blink of an eye,...

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Once Upon a River, by Diane Setterfield

Black Swan (2019), ISBN-10: 1784163635 Although Once Upon a River is set in Victorian England, it often seems to belong to an older, darker, more magical time. The tale begins on a dark midwinter’s night on the upper reaches of the...

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Viebury Grove by Shannon Kirk

Lisa is back! The heroine of Method 15/33 is all grown up and kick-ass cool. And in Viebury Grove, she is on a mission—so hold on tight—it’s going to be a hell of a ride. Lisa Yyland has an enviable...

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Things in jars

Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

Canongate, ISBN-13: 978-1-78689-376-5 Things In Jars is described as a Victorian detective novel. A convenient label, for shelving the work, but this is a genre-defying story in the mould of Jesse Burton’s The Miniaturist and Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent. Admittedly, there is a mystery at the heart...

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Bluff

Bluff, by Michael Kardos

Head of Zeus, ISBN-13: 978-1-78854-374-3 In the illusionist’s world, close-up magic is king, and eighteen-year-old prodigy Natalie Webb promised to be one of the best. Then she got burned by an unscrupulous artist who stole her heart along with her best illusion....

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Flesh and Blood

Flesh and Blood

A History of My Family in Seven Sicknesses by Stephen McGann Simon & Schuster (2018) ISBN: 1471160815 The McGann brothers Joe, Paul, Mark and Stephen were Liverpool royalty in the 1980s and 90s, and Stephen McGann has achieved international stardom...

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