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Carol Shields - The Stone Diaries, 1993. A work of fiction that is so real it's hard to imagine it not being so. Beautifully written and gripping - the life of Daisy Goodwill Flett is revealed in this extraordinary book

Carol Shields - The Stone Diaries, 1993. A work of fiction that is so real it's hard to imagine it not being so. Beautifully written and gripping - the life of Daisy Goodwill Flett is revealed in this extraordinary book

It’s 1686, 18 year-old Nella is to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious trader Johannes, he presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways. As Nella uncovers the secrets of the household she realizes the dangers that are awaiting them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? Will she be their salvation or their…

It’s 1686, 18 year-old Nella is to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious trader Johannes, he presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways. As Nella uncovers the secrets of the household she realizes the dangers that are awaiting them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? Will she be their salvation or their…

The Kin (1998) by Peter Dickinson - written for young people, this is an equally enjoyable read for adults. A wonderful vision of what life for early hominids in Africa might have been like.

The Kin (1998) by Peter Dickinson - written for young people, this is an equally enjoyable read for adults. A wonderful vision of what life for early hominids in Africa might have been like.

Ursula Le Guin - The Lathe of Heaven (1971). Science fiction at its best - not just a tale of SciFi, but also an exploration of humanity through the medium of dreams.

Ursula Le Guin - The Lathe of Heaven (1971). Science fiction at its best - not just a tale of SciFi, but also an exploration of humanity through the medium of dreams.

The Once and Future King (1958) by T.H. White - a beautifully written, hugely enjoyable retelling of the Arthurian legend

The Once and Future King (1958) by T.H. White - a beautifully written, hugely enjoyable retelling of the Arthurian legend

Flight to Arras by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 1942. A wonderful semi-autobiographical book that describes the wonder and terror of war.

Flight to Arras by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 1942. A wonderful semi-autobiographical book that describes the wonder and terror of war.

On the Beach was one of Nevil Shute's last novels and - like all his books - illustrates his gifts as a master storyteller and explorer of the human condition. It's hard to choose just one of his books, but this is certainly one of his best.

On the Beach was one of Nevil Shute's last novels and - like all his books - illustrates his gifts as a master storyteller and explorer of the human condition. It's hard to choose just one of his books, but this is certainly one of his best.

The Red Tent (1997) by Anita Diamant is a retelling of the story of Dinah, daughter of Isaac - it's full of life and zest, and above all of how women were (probably) treated in those day.

The Red Tent (1997) by Anita Diamant is a retelling of the story of Dinah, daughter of Isaac - it's full of life and zest, and above all of how women were (probably) treated in those day.

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (1968). It's hard to pin him down as to what genre this great writer uses - sort of SciFi yes, but as this - one of his best books shows - so much more.

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (1968). It's hard to pin him down as to what genre this great writer uses - sort of SciFi yes, but as this - one of his best books shows - so much more.

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