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5 Star Must Read Titles                                                                       July 2015

After Darkness by Christine Piper

My response to this piece is best described as admiration. Captivating and haunting for all the right reasons – the work of a truly gifted writer that all should have the opportunity to read. Read more...

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

Kate Forsyth delivers a tale of beauty, strength and gravity. Her fierce respect for the art and power of storytelling shines through every page. Read more...

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

This title deserves the adoration it has quickly garnered. It does what great literature should – it makes us reflect upon what it means to be human and the value and resilience of our legacy. Read more...

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Such a clever story. I was engaged and entertained. It is poignant, inspirational and life-affirming. Read more...

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

I was utterly captivated by this novel. Towles’ observations go beyond the visual, encapsulating sounds, smells and tastes in a way that is so vivid - a sublime cinematic experience. Read more...

A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark

A true delight – hilarious, witty, and oozing with ‘real’ class. I just adored protagonist narrator Mrs Hawkins – a somewhat reluctant Dorothy Dix, wise beyond her years. Read more...

The Devil I Know by Claire Kilroy

A powerful cautionary tale of the extremes to which humans will delude themselves... one of the most cuttingly satirical and intelligent works of fiction I have read in years. Read more...

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

A modern masterpiece that deserves to become a classic. A story both grand in scope and ambition, flawlessly executed. Read more...

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

Here is my dilemma. I awarded a 5 star rating to the book this author is most well known for, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but this lesser known title of his is far superior. Read more...

The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman

One of those rare titles that surpassed my expectations. From a literary standpoint, it is stunning, and the story’s gripping message, powerful for the individual and therefore powerful for society. Read more...

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

With this tale Zusak reminds us of the extraordinary power of the written word. This modern day classic should be required reading in schools. Read more...

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson

Truly moving... One of the most intelligent and thought provoking novels I have read. Read more...

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Mesmerised from the haunting opening sentence…Du Maurier’s prose is exquisite in it’s artfulness and the feelings and emotions it evokes. Read more...

One Day by David Nicholls

Has a novel ever made you want to laugh and cry at the same time? Genuinely moving... It's movie adaptation does not do it justice. Read more...

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