Ian’s Read & Recommended

If you are looking for an idea of what to read, maybe an author you haven’t discovered or read before, here are some books 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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9781786330185 Snow Country Faulks

“Snow Country” by Sebastian Faulkes

Sebastian Faulks' latest novel, currently only available in hardback, is based in Austria, with three specific time periods forming the structure of this good story. Anton Heideck arrives in Vienna...

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9780241508176 Oh William Strout

“Oh William!” Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout is a very talented writer, who can seemingly say, in less than 240 pages, what some writers might take twice as long to recount. Once again the author...

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9780708899441 Harlem Shuffle Whitehead

“Harlem Shuffle” by Colson Whitehead

It must have been difficult for Colson Whitehead to choose his theme when setting out on writing this novel. Few authors have won consecutive major literary awards let alone the...

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9781526615893 Afterlives Gurnah

“Afterlives” by Abdulrazak Gurnah

Originally it was the setting of this novel of East Africa, under the influence of German colonialism, that tempted me to read this book by an established author, and I...

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9781474611152 Olga Bernard Schlink

“Olga” by Bernard Schlink

This is the translation of the latest book by the author of "The Reader", and in just a few words - it is very good. We follow the life of...

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9780241295977 Trio Boyd

“Trio” by William Boyd

This latest novel by one of my favourite authors transports us nostalgically back into the summer of 1968, and as ever William Boyd is pitch perfect on his period settings....

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