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THE DOLL FAC­TORY El­iz­a­beth Mac­neal

THIS novel’s set­ting, at the time of Lon­don’s Great Ex­hi­bi­tion, is per­fect for this tale of dark ob­ses­sion and won­der­ful art. Iris is beau­ti­ful but dis­fig­ured, and as such draws the at­ten­tion of two men with dif­fer­ent am­bi­tions for her. Louis, a pre-Raphaelite painter wants her for his model. While Si­las, a taxi­der­mist, wants to col­lect her en­tirely for him­self.

Iris, is an as­pir­ing artist, and so agrees to model for Louis in ex­change for art lessons. Mean­while Si­las grows more jeal­ous and plots a way to pos­sess her. An en­gross­ing story.

EIGHT LIVES Su­san Hur­ley

THIS is a well writ­ten story based on a real-life med­i­cal trial. It is told from the point of view of sev­eral char­ac­ters who were in­volved with David, a bril­liant med­i­cal re­searcher who is dead at the start of the novel. Each tries to un­der­stand and to jus­tify their part in his life and death.

Well han­dled, taut and plau­si­ble, Eight

Lives has been de­scribed as "whip-smart and im­pec­ca­bly paced". It’s an en­gross­ing, heart­break­ing mys­tery with a lot to say about power, class and prej­u­dice.

THE PORPOISE Mark Haddon

IN his lat­est novel Mark Haddon plays with the legend of Per­i­cles, Prince of Tyre. He in­ter­weaves past and present to retell a story of devo­tion, sac­ri­fice and de­feat­ing the odds (or the gods!). Dar­ius is a mod­ern-day in­dulged son of a Greek art dealer, run afoul of wealthy recluse Philippe and his beau­ti­ful but dam­aged daugh­ter An­gel­ica, and flees for his life. He finds him­self on board the pi­rate ship The Porpoise and from there things be­come strange but ex­cit­ing. This is a fast-paced and very en­thralling book.

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COM­PLETELY FINE Gail Honey­man

THIS very pop­u­lar, pow­er­ful novel is about lone­li­ness and the re­demp­tive power of friend­ship.

Eleanor is an odd girl who just can’t fit in ei­ther at the of­fice or any­where else. She has a crush on a lo­cal singer and fo­cuses her at­ten­tion on him be­liev­ing her fu­ture hap­pi­ness is tied to him. This re­sults in quite strange be­hav­iour, but as her his­tory is grad­u­ally re­vealed she be­comes more un­der­stand­able. There are some hi­lar­i­ous mo­ments, and some very sad ones but in the end kind­ness - and Glen the cat - help Eleanor find her niche. A won­der­ful book that ul­ti­mately will fill the reader with delight.

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