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Lovereading Top ten downloaded Opening Extracts 1 – 8 Feb 2011

1
The Hand That First Held Mine The Hand That First Held Mine
Maggie O’Farrell
February 2011 MEGA Book of the Month.

Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2010. Costa Book Awards 2010 Judges’ comment: “A powerful story full of dynamic characters, crafted with panache and lyricism.”

A gorgeously written story of love and motherhood, this is …
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2
Faulks on Fiction Faulks on Fiction
Sebastian Faulks
February 2011 Non-Fiction Book of the Month.

After reading this collection of essays I look forward to seeing the BBC2 series with Sebastian Faulks describing some of the most memorable heroes and villains from the English Novel. Characters that have become …
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3
Three Seconds Three Seconds
Anders Roslund, Borge Hellstrom
February 2011 Book of the Month.

A “Piece of Passion” from the Publisher…
“Roslund and Hellstrom’s Three Seconds offers readers as tense
and gripping, edge of seat experience as any novel I can remember
reading. And a last twist that defies expectations …
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4
Time's Legacy Time’s Legacy
Barbara Erskine
February 2011 Book of the Month.

This skillfully crafted and beautifully structured book deals with a series of complex issues – religion, witchcraft, atheism, feminism and individual human complexities – within a narrative thread that is easy to follow and hard …
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5
A Dark Matter A Dark Matter
Peter Straub
February 2011 Book of the Month.
Forty years ago, Spenser Mallon led a group of young students to witness a brutal, ritual murder. The survivors never recovered. Now, it seems, he’s back… …
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6
The Iron King The Iron King
Julie Kagawa
February 2011 Book of the Month.

The Iron King is the first in a terrific new series – The Iron Fey. As Meghan Chase reaches her 16th birthday she discovers why her father disappeared without trace on her 6th birthday and …
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7
1000 Years of Annoying the French 1000 Years of Annoying the French
Stephen Clarke
February 2011 Non-Fiction Book of the Month.

Ten centuries’ worth of French historical ‘facts’ bite the dust as
Stephen Clarke looks at what has really been going on since 1066… It’s a light-hearted but impeccably researched account of all our great …
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8
Reading on Location : A Guide to Great Books Set in the World's Top Destinations Reading on Location : A Guide to Great Books Set in the World’s Top Destinations
Luisa Moncada and Scala Quin
February 2011 Book of the Month.
This is a brilliant book to refer to whether you’re going off travelling to a particular country in the world or just wishing you were and are in fact more of an armchair traveller.  Reading …
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9
The Long Song The Long Song
Andrea Levy
February 2011 Book of the Month.

Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 23 Jan 2011.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010.

With the recent television adaptation of Levy’s best known novel, Small Island, there has been great anticipation of …
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10
Started Early, Took My Dog Started Early, Took My Dog
Kate Atkinson
February 2011 Book of the Month.
Shortlisted for the Galaxy UK Author of the Year 2010.Another outing for Jackson Brodie in Atkinson’s next crime novel. She seems to really be getting in to her stride with this series and as each …
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