MiA Book Club’s Recommended Read: October

One Enchanted Evening by Anton Du Beke Prepare to be swept off your feet by the romantic and irresistible debut novel from Anton Du Beke London, 1936. Inside the spectacular Grand Ballroom of the exclusive Buckingham Hotel the rich and powerful, politicians, film stars, even royalty, rub shoulders with Raymond de Guise and his troupe of talented dancers from all around the world, who must enchant them, captivate them, and sweep away their cares. Accustomed…

MiA Book Club’s Recommended Read: September

The House Across the Street by Lesley Pearse   Twenty-three year old Katy Speed is fascinated by the house across the street. The woman who lives there, Gloria, is the most glamorous neighbour on the avenue, owning a fashionable dress shop in Bexhill-on-Sea. But who is the woman who arrives in the black car most Saturdays while Gloria is at work? Sometimes she brings women to the house, other times they have children. Hilda, Katy’s…

MiA Book Club’s Recommended Read: August

  Broken Ground by Val McDermid   ‘Somebody has been here before us. And he’s still here . . .’When a body is discovered in the remote depths of the Highlands, DCI Karen Pirie finds herself in the right place at the right time. Unearthed with someone’s long-buried inheritance, the victim seems to belong to the distant past – until new evidence suggests otherwise, and Karen is called in to unravel a case where nothing…

MiA Book Club’s Recommended Read: July

The Essex girls by Elizabeth Woodcraft   If you loved An Education, Good Girls Revolt and Made in Dagenham then this is for you. It’s 1964. England has shaken off its post-war gloom and the world is full of possibilities. Best friends Sandra and Linda live on a housing estate in Essex. They are aspiring mods: they have the music, the coffee bar and Ready Steady Go! on a Friday night. Having landed their first jobs,…

MiA Book Club’s Recommended Read: June

Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van by Ali McNamara   When Ana inherits a broken-down camper van from her best friend, she takes the chance for a quick trip to Cornwall – some sea air and fish and chips on the beach is just the tonic she needs. But St Felix has bigger plans for Ana. She discovers a series of unsent postcards, dating back to the 1950s, hidden in the upholstery of the van. Ana…

MiA Book Club’s Recommended Read: May

‘The Cast’ by Danielle Steele Kait Whittier has built her magazine column into a hugely respected read followed by fans across the country. She loves her work and adores her grown children, treasuring the time they spend together. But after two marriages, she prefers to avoid the complications and uncertainties of a new love. Then, after a chance meeting with television producer Zack Winter, everything changes. Inspired by the true story of her own grandmother,…

MiA Book Club’s Recommended Read: April

‘Dark Tide Rising’ by Anne Perry When Kate Exeter is kidnapped on the shore of the Thames, Commander William Monk is enlisted by her desperate husband to save her. Kate’s captors are demanding a ransom for her safe return and Monk and his most trusted men must arrange a secret handover in the dark slums of Jacob’s Island. But on the night someone betrays them and a brutal skirmish breaks out, leaving death and destruction…

MiA’s Recommended Read: March

‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman This month’s recommended read has been kindly provided by a Librarian from Ashford Library.  She says this book “has definitely stayed with me…It is a very touching and moving story about a lonely woman who struggles to find her way in life – it is funny as well as very poignant, and a really good, uplifting read!” Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not…

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