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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9781529920093 Howtobuildaboat Feeney

“How to Build a Boat” by Elaine Feeney

Elaine Feeney, as a novelist was a new author for me even if this book is not her; it is so easy to miss some really good writers. She is...

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9781783786138 Kairos Jenny.erphenbeck

“Kairos” by Jenny Erpenbeck

This is an unusual story, not so much in the "love story" which is the essence of the novel but in the background against which the affair between Hans and...

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9780571336883 Cahokia.jazz Spurling

“Cahokia Jazz” by Francis Spufford

Francis Spufford here offers his readers an immersive story. He is best known for his first novel "Golden Hill" but has a distinguished career as a writer of non-fiction. Cahokia...

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9781526644459 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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9781803510408 Carys.davies Clear

“Clear” by Carys Davies

Like her two earlier books, "Clear" is short, but what the author manages to include in 146 pages is craftsmanship, telling a more complete story than many of her contemporaries...

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9780330515795 Hemon Worldandall Itholds

“The World and All That It Holds” by Aleksandar Hemon

This book follows the life of Rafael Pinto, a Serbian Jew and a pharmacist, he is also an opium addict. In some respects it reminded me of some of William...

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