Pittenweem Library reviews

Scotland – Her Story by Rosemary Goring

Scotland: Her Story offers a new perspective on Scotland’s history drawn from records, diaries and memoirs that tell the story of the nation through the lives of women down the centuries.

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The novels of Lissa Evans

According to The Independent’s reviewer Lissa Evans is ‘that rarest of gems amongst writers: not just a real storyteller, but one who makes the entire process seem effortlessly simple’.

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American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Jeanine Cummins has attracted a huge amount of controversy in the States for her latest novel. Despite her Irish / Puerto Rican heritage, as Pat states in her review, Cummins has been heavily criticised to the extent that the book’s publishers cancelled a book tour because of fears for her safety.

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A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

Although Isabel Allende has lived in California since 1988 and is now an American citizen she undoubtedly knows about the trauma of exile.

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4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (2017)

Paul Auster worked on his huge novel 4 3 2 1 seven days a week for three years writing in longhand. It was shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize.

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Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald (2020)

Helen Macdonald states that her latest book represents a ‘love for the glittering world of non-human life around me’ and that the short essay form can create a ‘fierce, concentrated attention’ that longer works may not achieve.

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The Old Filth trilogy by Jane Gardam

The central character in the Old Filth trilogy (Failed in London, try Hong Kong), Sir Edward Feathers QC, has been compared in the New York Times to ‘the Dickensian pantheon of memorable characters’.

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