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2017’s “Best Reads” compiled by Friends of Kennington Library Coffee Mornings

  • Pamela Allen: The Mysteries of Glass by Sue Gee. Mid 19C Herefordshire, young curate falls for Vicars wife. Detailed dx’s of natural world and social issues. A House Full of Daughters by Juliet Nicolson. Vita Sackville West’s surprising antecedents.
  •  Mary Cavanagh: The Night Listener by Armistead Maupin. Famous author listens as an abused boy tell his story, but not is all is it seems. We Need to Talk About Kevin byLionel Shriver. Was Kevin born evil? A story of nature versus nurture.
  • Dilys Gale: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. Thriller with constant twists. Very different from what you thought it would be. Stoner by John Williams. A well-written book about an ordinary man to whom nothing much happens, until it does.
  • Pete Cherry: The Testament by John Grisham. Moving story with the usual legal content but bitter sweet. My Life by David Jason. Biog of David Jason as we have come to know and love him.
  • Marilyn Farr: A Bold and Dangerous Family by Caroline Moorhead. Biography of the Italian Rosselli brothers who opposed Mussolini and the fascist state. A Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid. A complex murder mystery set in an Oxford college.
  • Lesley Hinde: The Lower River by Paul Theroux. Enjoyed his travel books and saw him on a trip to the library. Having lived in Malawi I found it interesting and accurate.Once Upon an Ice Age by Roy Lewis.
  • Pat Jennings: Under a Star Pole by Steff Penney and Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty.
  • Linora Lawrence: The Trouble With Sheep and Goats by Joanna Cannon. A 1976 new-build estate seen through eyes of two young girls, intrigued by the disappearance of a neighbour. The Garden Party by Catherine Mansfield. Classic short stories.
  • Zita Miller: The Old Wives Tale by Arnold Bennet. Set in ‘the five towns’ of the past, this is a tale of two sisters. One follows the rules while the other marries the wrong man. Fascinating. Under An African Sky by Tony Park.
  • Sally Sanson: Exposure by Helen Dunmore. Good story about loyalty, the aftermath of the 2nd World War and the ongoing Cold War. Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley.
  • Sophie Welsh: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. Set in late 17thC Amsterdam, the story of an unconsummated marriage.
  • Sylvia Vetta: Poems In An Exhibition anthology by 11 poets. An emotional collection, celebrating creativity and diversity. Produced for Standing Voice and supported by Kennington. Blott on The Landscape by Tom Sharpe. Tom Sharpe is always a hoot. Given development in Kennington, ‘Blott on the Landscape’ is very topical.