By Ali Gripper
Dr Sanduk Ruit was born into an impoverished family in Nepal. He became a gifted eye surgeon and has spent his life giving the gift of sight to thousands of poor and isolated people in the Himalayas and around the world. He was mentored by Fred Hollows . Like Fred he could have made a lucrative income as an eye surgeon but instead chose to serve the poor.
This inspirational story gives us courage to rise above hardships and achieve our dreams. I found the book jumped a bit in time which made it a little harder for me to read but was still very enjoyable.
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By Brigid Kemmerer
A retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a ‘sting’ in the ‘tale’. Well written, with engaging characters, part one of a series.
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Eilis, a young Irish woman settles in Brooklyn New York in the 1950’s leaving her family behind. She quickly falls in love with a local boy called Tony. Her world is shattered when a family tragedy takes her home to Ireland where she must choose between the two countries.
Saoirse Ronan (Little Women, Ladybird) brings the character alive with her expressive acting. There are strong friendships between the young women in the hostel which reminded me of the movie Ladies in Black. Her romance with Tony is sweet and his Italian family bring some humorous moments to the movie.
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By Max Porter
This book made me hold my breath so it’s a good thing it’s short! Lanny is a young, idiosyncratic boy who has recently moved to an English village with his parents, Jolie and Robert. He’s a free range, nature-loving, artistic soul who befriends a famous local artist, Pete. Lanny is on the cusp of childhood, tuned in to the natural surrounds and the ethereal wanderings of Dead Papa Toothwort, as only a child under ten can be. Lanny is my favourite child in literature since Scout Finch – fully realised. The village they live in, a commuter town to London, is a character unto itself. It really springs to live after Lanny goes missing. It’s not the picturesque, sweet country village that we often see in literature. Instead we see the old-timers pitted against the more recent townsfolk like Lanny’s family….the differences are stark and in some ways showcase Brexit attitudes. The book is best described as a collage, it’s like nothing I’ve read before. It forces you to pay attention whilst reading. Poetic, magical and 100% marvellous! I loved it so much I then went on to listen to the audiobook version read by the author.
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By Kelly Rimmer
Alice has plenty on her plate. She is juggling the demands of modern life which include a son with autism. Tragedy strikes when her elderly Polish grandmother has a stroke. The grandmother begs her to seek out their relatives in Poland. At first Alice is reluctant but quickly relishes the chance to travel and reevaluate her life. The story also deals with Alina who lives in Nazi occupied Poland. She is in love with Tomasz but he is on the run from the Nazis and they become separated. The two stories become entwined as Alice discovers a big secret in her grandmother’s past. I found this a moving and enthralling story and did not predict the ending.
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By Alice Feeney
There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.
The main character who narrates this story is Amber Reynolds who is in a coma. It is a claustrophobic book in some ways as you are trapped with a character who can hear everyone who comes into her hospital room but can’t respond in any way. You follow her through memories and dreams as she tries to recall all the events leading up to her being in a coma. If you like twists, you will love this book.
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By Griffin, Travis and Clint McElroy
The McElroy Brothers are some of the funniest people on the planet. They make a podcast called The Adventure Zone where they play Dungeons and Dragons with their Dad, and it’s so good that they are making a series of graphic novels retelling the story. Follow Taako the wizard/failed TV chef, Magnus Burnsides the fighter, and Merle the incompetent cleric as they solve a railroad murder mystery and recover one of the Grand Relics that are threatening to destroy the world.
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