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76 By the Dart • Book Review


list. Set in the West Country and beginning in 1911 the stories are about quiet lives on a farm, gypsy encampments and working with horses. Bloomsbury Paperbacks describe The Horseman as a “hypnotic pastoral novel about an unexpected friendship between two children.” The Wanderers continues the story as 13-year-old Leo ventures away from home travelling through Devon. These are books about changing times told with “sumptuous and scrupulous descriptions of the countryside” (Metro) and some say reminiscent of Thomas Hardy.


8


Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson (published by


Simon & Schuster) is the recommendation from Emily at the Dartmouth Bookseller. This is a gem for Agatha Christie fans as it’s a crime novel based on her real-life ’11-day disappearance’ in 1926 and cleverly weaves fact and fiction to create an entertaining and enjoyable read.


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Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (Fourth Estate) This is another multi award winning Costa Prize Winner and appears on Rowena’s list who describes


it as “observant, compassionate, funny and beautiful.” It tells the story of how a young girl vanishes whilst on holiday in rural England, leaving the moorland community changed. The Costa judges call it “poetic, haunting and hypnotic” and it’s quite simply an extraordinary novel which is beautifully written.


The popularity of books


with feminist themes shows no sign of waning. With the centenary celebration of the women’s vote, International Women’s Day on 8 March and the forthcoming 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction it’s sure to be a powerful year for women, be they characters or writers and this leads perfectly onto the number 10 title and Rowena’s final choice.


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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (Books 1 & 2) by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. (Particular Books). These are books of


reinvented fairy tales creating a modern type of bedtime story for girls and/or women of any age. The first volume surprisingly hit the shelves through crowdfunding and quickly became a bestseller. Both volumes celebrate a wide range of exceptional female role models throughout history who’ve had outstanding work and lives. These include Michelle Obama to Malala, Jane Austen and Beyonce. It couldn’t be more relevant in current times and with bright and bold illustrations they are a force of inspiration filled with hope, enthusiasm and the message ‘dare to dream.’


So what next ?… it’s an exciting year ahead and according to the trade magazine, The Bookseller, The Japanese Art of forest bathing has been tagged as a potential big-hitting non-fiction trend for the year. I’ve got to say it’s not my area of expertise so I might just have to read up on it!


Dartmouth Community Bookshop, Higher Street Tel: 01803 839571


Dartmouth Library, The Flavel Tel: 01803 832502 Dartmouth Bookseller, Foss Street Tel: 01803 833383


New books for adults and children from our community co-operative Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm Sundays in school holidays


info@dartmouthcommunitybookshop.co.uk www.dartmouthcommunitybookshop.co.uk


12 Higher Street (opposite The Cherub Inn) 01803 839571


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