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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…

Truly Wildly Deeply (12+)

Truly Wildly Deeply by Jenny McLachlan   Annie is starting sixth form at a new college 20 miles away from home – and looking forward to it. She’s excited about catching the train on her own, making new friends and expressing her (deeply potent) sense of independence. One thing independence certainly does not mean is being someone’s girlfriend – a firm-held belief that is to be challenged. Fab (also new to the college, from Poland)…

Dave Pigeon (Racer)

Dave Pigeon (Racer) by Swapna Haddow Dave Pigeon needs his wing fixed, so it’s off to Pawsville Pets for him and Skipper, who’s just going to keep him company (and type up their adventure, as usual). The two pigeons aren’t quite sure what to make of the vet’s, but Jet the dog, Gary the hamster and the gang soon make them feel at home while Dave gets his new prosthetic wing fitted. However, Opprobrious Vastanavius, a…

Warstorm

Warstorm by Victoria Aveyard   Victory comes at a price. Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart-and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her-Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head. But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy…

Where’s Mr Lion?

Where’s Mr Lion? By Ingela Arrhenius   Five beautifully illustrated spreads show a series of friendly savannah animals hiding behind bright felt flaps. And there’s a mirror on the final page! A perfect book to share with very little…

The Explorer

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell   Like a man-made magic wish the airplane began to rise. The boy sitting in the cockpit gripped his seat and held his breath as the plane roared and climbed into the arms of the sky. From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading…

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