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13 Oct 2008

Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill

This amazing story of African girl Aminata's escape from abduction, slavery and cruelty to become the doyenne of the abolitionist movement is a knock-out. Hill writes with a beautifully restrained lyricality, and creates a very compelling voice for this heroine who straddles multiple worlds and cultures. Historically, the novel is rich and fascinating, and takes the reader inside Aminata's experience of slavery with a depth that has, in my humble opinion, never before been achieved in English literature. Without a doubt, this is my book of the year!

Elly J. (Elizabeth)

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

A man enduring a long recovery from horrific burns. A woman, possibly suffering from mental illness, who takes on his care. A figurative and literal journey to Dante's Inferno and back. And a love between two people that has outlasted centuries and even death. These elements combine to create one of the most enjoyable flights of fancy published this year - for open-minded readers who want a dash of magical realism to spice up their summer reading.

Elly J. (Elizabeth)

8 Oct 2008

A Most Wanted Man by John le Carre

John le Carre's latest novel, A Most Wanted Man, is set in Hamburg, Germany, the city where Mohamed Atta and other members of Al Qaeda prepared for their assault on the United States — a “guilty city,” in one character’s words, which hatched this terrorist cell, and which, in the years since the attacks, has become a focal point for German, American and British intelligence.