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Latest Acquisitions (November 2016 – January 2017)

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Barbara Erskine: Sleeper’s Castle – I’ve never read Erskine before; had always planned to; listening to her speak at Hay and reading a sampler had me putting it on my Christmas wish list.

Elizabeth Chadwick: The Autumn Throne – The last of Chadwick’s Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy; loved the first book, not yet got to the second…

Helen Irene Young: The May Queen – Set for an April review, this is a historical novel with a great premise; to be honest, the cover likely would’ve been enough to grab me, it tells you a lot.

Hiromi Kawakami: The Nakano Thrift Shop – So excited.

Josephine Johnson: Now In November – A 1930s novel that I hadn’t heard of before but is apparently rather well-known; I’ll be reviewing this in a few weeks.

Lauren Owen: The Quick – I may not get to this for a while but I’ve been wanting to read it for ages.

Margaret Laurence: The Stone Angel – Another older novel that has been republished; rather looking forward to reading it.

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Meelis Friedenthal: The Willow King – The cover had me very excited and I haven’t wanted to look too closely at the premise for fear of spoiling it but I think it’s more present-day than historical.

Nicola Cornick: The Phantom Tree – Cornick’s previous, House Of Shadows made my top 7 in 2015; I believe the genre of this new one is the same.

Sally O’Reilly: Dark Aemilia – Having read Elizabeth Fremantle’s The Girl In The Glass Tower I’ve been particularly interested in this because both are about the same Aemilia; Fremantle concentrated on Aemilia’s later life and wove her into Arbella Stuart’s story, O’Reilly’s book looks at her life in the context of Shakespeare.

Sylvia Plath: The Bell Jar – It’s been a long time coming; I’m ready for what I hear is a difficult book (I haven’t wanted to read too much about it).

Tom Connolly: Men Like Air – A study of relationships, this follows a few different characters.

Tony Grey: The Tortoise Of Asia – Historical fiction based on a legend, this is about a Roman soldier who is taken prisoner and ends up battling for the Huns.



January 13, 2017, 2:55 am

My sister, rest her soul, absolutely loved Sylvia Plath. I’ve not read The Bell Jar.

You’ve piqued my curiosity with several of these historical fiction titles.


January 13, 2017, 9:19 am

I hadn’t realised the Eleanor of Aquitaine was a trilogy. Surprising there is so much material available to spread over three books.


January 13, 2017, 2:05 pm

Looks like a great haul of books! Enjoy!


January 14, 2017, 9:07 pm

What great acquisitions! I’m reading The Phantom Tree now and really enjoying it. Sleeper’s Castle is good too – I read it last year and liked it much more than the other Barbara Erskine books I’ve read. Happy reading!


January 14, 2017, 9:30 pm

Sounds like you have a great mixture of books here – I have heard good things about The Phantom Tree and I really must try something by Elizabeth Chadwick. The only one of your acquisitions I have read is The Bell Jar. Not a book I can say I ‘enjoyed’ but it is powerful.

Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

January 14, 2017, 10:48 pm

These look very appealing. I had not heard of the Phantom Tree but if Helen likes it I’m definitely going to look into it!


January 15, 2017, 8:22 pm

Ooo, The Bell Jar! I’d say it’s not that difficult, I think you will enjoy it.



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