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Ni­cholas Sparks’s lat­est novel has film adap­ta­tion writ­ten all over it.

A story of en­dur­ing love, strug­gle, wis­dom and art; it is a won­der­ful read, and a great ad­di­tion to Sparks’ oeu­vre.

Since his first novel, The Note­book, was pub­lished in 1996, Sparks has writ­ten a whop­ping 15 more love sto­ries; out of th­ese, eight were adapted into movies.

Set in North Carolina like its pre­de­ces­sors, the book in­tro­duces read­ers to re­tired hab­er­dasher Ira Levin­son, who lost his beloved wife Ruth nine years ago. He has had a ma­jor car ac­ci­dent and won­ders if he will sur­vive the The Right Hon­ourable Lord Dobbs, or au­thor Michael Dobbs as he is here, is a for­mer politi­cian and writer of such thrillers as Old En­e­mies, Win­ston’sWar and House of Cards – which is now an award-win­ning US TV show star­ring Kevin Spacey.

Dobbs is back, and this time he’s brought Harry Jones with him in A Ghost at the Door. The ubiq­ui­tous anti-hero and ex-sol­dier (who like his cre­ator is a for­mer politi­cian), finds his life turned up­side down af­ter a ques­tion about his fa­ther, John­nie, from his in­quis­i­tive fi­ancée, Jemma. Harry’s fa­ther died 10 years ago This au­to­bi­og­ra­phy by the fastest man in the world Usain Bolt charts the story fromhis hum­ble be­gin­nings in Sher­wood Con­tent, Trelawny through to be­com­ing one of the most recog­nis­able men in sport.

In keep­ing with the per­son­al­ity many have seen track­side, Bolt’s nar­ra­tion re­flects his play­ful na­ture as he tells the story of his jour­ney to be­com­ing the great­est sprinter ever.

It’s an easy read that will have you laugh­ing out loud in parts – par­tic­u­larly his rec­ol­lec­tion of his childhood and teenage years, when he first en­tered the world stage. His tri­umphs on

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