Ian’s Read & Recommended

If you are looking for an idea for you next book – maybe an author you haven’t discovered or read before, here are some titles that I have enjoyed.

These recommendations are mainly taken from contributions we have made to Tewkesbury Direct,
and some other reviews.

Click here for Ian’s Book of each Year.

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9780349014104 Forest Grant

“The Story of the Forest” by Linda Grant

This title succinctly sums up Linda Grant's new book as when 14 year old Mina Mendel ventures into the forest outside Riga to find mushrooms it becomes her family's saga....

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9781529339253 Memphis Stringfellow

“Memphis” by Tara M Stringfellow

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and was glad that I was prompted/reminded about it when it was long-listed for the Women's Prize for Fiction in 2023. Memphis as a...

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9780861545407 Dust Child

“Dust Child” by Nguyen Phan Que Mai

I chose to read this book as it is based in Vietnam. It does include the period of the war when American forces were destroying the countryside using chemicals which...

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9781529074529 Trust Diaz

“Trust” by Hernan Diaz

This is an ambitious novel which the author carries off with success. A story divided into four sections, each following on from the earlier, consecutive but interlinked. A deep engrossing...

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9781408710128 Horse Brooks

“Horse” by Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks is one of those American writers that does not seem to have become established on this side of the Atlantic in any comparable way to her US standing,...

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9781526644480 Hungry Ghosts Hosein

“Hungry Ghosts” by Kevin Jared Hosein

Rural Trinidad in 1941. A group of families live together but apart in a "barracks" which leaks. There is no privacy but that is the life they know and share....

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