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Alison’s Picks October 2017

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All Together Now – Gill Hornby

The Woman on the Stairs – Bernhard Schlink

Theft by Finding: Diaries Volume 1 – David Sedaris

First Person – Richard Flanagan


Alison’s Picks – September 2017


Anything is Possible – Elizabeth Strout

A Writing Life: Helen Garner and her work – Bernadette Brennan

Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders

A Few Days in the Country, and other stories – Elizabeth Harrower

Alison’s Picks July 2017

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The Restorer by Michael Sala

Arthur and George by Julian Barnes

Capital by John Lanchester

The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

Alison’s Picks June 2017



By the Book by Ramona Koval

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

Midwinter by Fiona Melrose

The Night Guest by Fiona MacFarlane

Alison’s Picks April 2017

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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Transatlantic by Colum McCann

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith

The Abundance (essays)  by Annie Dillard


Alison’s Picks March 2017


Nutshell by Ian McEwan. An unborn baby listens to all that goes on outside his watery world, and doesn’t like the sound of it one bit. Fantastic writing by McEwan.

The Good Guy by Susan Beale.  Ted, a salesman, needs to be admired. He falls for someone who does that, unfortunately not his wife. Beale’s irony makes this interesting.

Meeting the English by Kate Clanchy.  Very funny. A young Scottish man, Struan, takes a job looking after an ageing, wealthy Englishman. I listened to a great reading of this on Talking Book.

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith. Sara and her husband Barent are painters during what later becomes known as the Golden Age of Dutch painting. Their beloved only child is taken by the Plague. To assuage her grief, Sara paints. This excellent story starts there.

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