JK Rowling and other hot new books

In Book Review on September 26, 2012 at 9:20 am

The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling

This years most anticipated fiction read is out this month. When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. The empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has ever seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?


My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding

Clare Balding grew up in a rather unusual household. Her father a champion trainer, she shared her life with more than 100 thoroughbred racehorses, mares, foals and ponies, as well as an ever-present pack of boxers and lurchers. Here, she describes how she learned some of life’s toughest lessons through the animals.

Mystery of Mercy Close by Marion Keyes

Meet Helen, youngest of the Walsh sisters, black sheep of the family and a law unto herself. She was sacked from every job she ever had before she found her true calling as a private investigator. But times are tough for PIs and Helen’s had no choice but to take on the case of missing boyband has-been Wayne Diffney.

Battle castles: 500 years of knights and siege warfare by Dan Snow

Battle Castles’ brings to life a cavalcade of medieval fortifications: Dover Castle, Edward I’s Conwy, Chateau Gaillard, Gibralfaro, Malbork, headquarters of the Teutonic Knights in Poland, and, in Syria, Krak des Chevaliers, a feat of Crusader engineering.



The woman who dived into the heart of the world by Sabina Berman

In the wake of her sister’s death, Isabelle moves from her home in California to her birthplace in Mexico to take over the running of the family tuna company. There, she discovers a wild child with no name, who turns out to be the autistic niece she never knew she had. Isabelle names the girl Karen. So begins a miraculous journey for Karen.



The light behind the window by Lucinda Riley

Emilie de la Martinieres has always fought against her aristocratic background, but after the death of her mother, she finds herself sole inheritor of her grand childhood home in the south of France. As she rediscovers her family’s story, Emilie realizes that the chateau may hold more secrets than just fond childhood memories.



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