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Book Review: Pine by Francine Toon

Driving home on Halloween night, a young woman stumbles out onto the road in front of Lauren’s father’s truck. Niall bundles her into the cab, taking her home and caring for her all night. In the morning, she is gone. When Lauren asks what happened to the woman from the road, Niall irritably tells her he doesn’t know what she’s talking about.

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Book Review: Me by Elton John

In his first and only autobiography, Elton John charts his rise from his shy childhood as Reginald Dwight to one of the biggest selling artists of all time. From his outrageous outfits to outrageous antics, Elton John leaves no stone unturned in telling his life story, warts and all.

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Book Review: The Garden of Lost and Found by Harriet Evans

Juliet returns to Nightingale House at a rather tumultuous point in her life; she’s lost her job, her husband is having an affair, and her children each come with problems of their own. When she discovers she has inherited the Horner family home, many years after her grandmother’s death, she doesn’t quite understand why, but she is wary of questioning it. Instead, she takes her three children – teenage Bea, nine-year-old Isla, and toddler Sandy – and moves them to the country and the great Nightingale House where she spent her childhood summers. But the house still holds secrets from her great-grandparents’ time.

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Book Review: Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth

Jenny is in her mid-thirties and by all accounts, her life is pretty great. She has a good job at a cool magazine, owns a house in London, and has an array of funny friends just a text away. Problem is, she now has to live with three painfully hipster housemates since breaking up with her semi-famous artist boyfriend, her relationship with her best friend is also on the rocks, as is her career, and her fortune-telling mother has decided to show up on her doorstep. But the worst bit? Suzy Brambles just unfollowed her on Instagram.

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Book Review: The Pisces by Melissa Broder

After breaking up with her boyfriend in a failed bid for more attention and then going on an Ambien-induced doughnut binge, Lucy agrees she needs to time to work on herself (and her PhD thesis that has been unfinished for years). Heading to Venice Beach to spend a summer in her half-sister’s beach side glass-walled house, she spends her days attending group therapy for love addicts and caring for her sister’s baby; a diabetic dog named Dom. But Lucy’s therapy takes a step back when she becomes involved with a mysterious swimmer she meets out on the rocks on night.

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Book Review: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

When Richard Mayhew helps a mysterious, bleeding girl he finds on a London pavement, he has no idea that his good deed will change his life forever. He suddenly finds himself invisible to everyone except those from London Below – a community of those that have fallen threw the cracks and live in the shadows of the city, in the sewers and on the roofs.

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Book Review: Peaky Blinders – The Real Story by Carl Chinn

The television show Peaky Blinders brought Birmingham’s interwar backstreets to life when it introduced us to the violent and compelling Shelby family. Noted historian and Brummy-born Carl Chinn delves into the Black Country’s archives to find out who the real peaky blinders were, separating fact from fiction and showing what a devastating effect this early 20th century gang violence had on working class Birmingham, and how it spilled onto the nation’s racecourses.

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Book Review: Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

Annie’s mother is a serial killer. After years of abuse and being witness to her mother’s crimes, Annie has a new name: Milly. And she has a new life. Living with a rich foster family complete and attending an exclusive girls school, Milly tries to find a normal life amidst the stress of her mother’s impending trial. On of this, her foster sister, Phoebe, isn’t happy with her new family’s new adopted stray and makes sure Milly knows this at every opportunity. Soon Milly begins to wonder how much like her mother she really is.

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