Posted on 23rd June 2015

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Mobile Library

“When you step away from The Mobile Library it will be with a grin on your face. Whitehouse’s brave, monstrous, loving exploration of family is masterful storytelling.” Cathy Galvin, journalist, poet and Director of The Word Factory Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Bobby Nusku is an archivist of his mother. He catalogues traces of her life and waits for…

Posted on 9th July 2014

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Mrs. Hemingway

In 2014, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize worked with the Regional Literature Development Agencies to find reading groups across the UK to read the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize-winning titles. Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood was read by the Ickenham Reading Group from Middlesex and below are reviews from its reading group members.  1. Samantha Everett:…

Posted on 7th July 2014

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Vanishing

In 2014, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize worked with the Regional Literature Development Agencies to find reading groups across the UK to read the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize-winning titles. Vanishing by Gerard Woodward was read by the Bush House Reading Group from London and below are reviews from its reading group members.  We enjoyed several…

Posted on 19th June 2014

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Mrs. Hemingway

“Naomi Wood is a wonderful writer. I defy anyone not to enjoy Mrs. Hemingway, charting the tale of the four remarkable women who had the mixed blessing of becoming Hemingway’s wife. Full of gossipy detail, glamorous locations, believable dialogue (Hemingway speaks like we’d imagine Hemingway to speak), relationship truths, and human insight, it is a…

Posted on 19th June 2014

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Vanishing

“Vanishing is an ambitious and daring book. It is a profound exploration of the nature of truth and a superb portrayal of a very confused, possibly dodgy, definitely slippery and yet somehow charming narrator. It is also delicious. It is full of cheek, sly humour absurd entertainment and earthy, dirty imagery. I loved every glorious,…

Posted on 14th May 2014

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Mrs. Hemingway

The current vogue for fictionalised biographies continues in Naomi Wood’s latest novel, Mrs. Hemingway. Elizabeth “Hadley” Richardson, Pauline Pfeiffer (“Fife”), Martha Gelhorn, Mary Welsh: four women vitally connected over time through marriage to Ernest Hemingway are brought together once more and their relationships put under the microscope. Where Paula McLain, in The Paris Wife, focuses…

Posted on 29th January 2013

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Mr Fox

Mr Fox is a magic realist tour-de-force that blurs the edges of reality and fantasy. We begin the novel with St John Fox, a prominent American novelist, recounting a meeting with his imaginary muse, Mary Foxe, during an extended period of writer’s block and after a six-year absence. She is angry at him for having…

Posted on 19th November 2012

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Ours are the Streets

Sunjeev Sahota’s first novel, Ours are the Streets, is presented as the last testimony of Imtiaz Raina, a young British Muslim about to become a suicide bomber; it’s his attempt to explain himself to the people he loves. We follow Imtiaz from his time at university in Sheffield, where he falls in love with Becka,…

Posted on 31st July 2012

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Fiction Uncovered by…Rebecca Ikin, Marketing Director, Cornerstone, Random House

‘There is what I remember and of this, though a few things remain, much is lost.’ Much is lost indeed. Ten years ago Rachel embarked on an affair with a man at work, which spiralled out of control and left her and her life in pieces. Now, writing at the window of her flat, still…