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We're featuring some good reads from our library shelves here. Why not read along with us and let us know what you think?

Holding by Graham Norton

Reviewed by: Cath

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Graham Norton's debut novel is an intelligently crafted story of love, secrets and loss.


Set in the remote Irish village of Duneen, where nothing much usually happens, human remains are discovered on an old farm and overweight village bobby, Sergeant P J Collins, is tasked with unravelling the mystery. As he struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community's worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.

With well written, believable characters and an authentic feel for life in a small Irish village, this is an assured first novel, which was greatly enjoyed by all members of Onchan Book Group.

The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal

Reviewed by: Onchan Book Group

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

How objects are handed on is all about story-telling. I am giving you this because I love you. Or because it was given to me. Because I bought it somewhere special. Because you will care for it. Because it will complicate your life. Because it will make someone else envious. There is no easy story in legacy. What is remembered and what is forgotten?"

Edmund de Waal

Our book for this month won the 2010 Costa Biography Award. When the renowned potter, Edmund de Waal, received an inheritance from his beloved Great Uncle Iggie, he feels compelled to leave his studio and go on a journey of discovery. His inheritance was a collection of 'netsuke' - 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, and each one holds a key to his family's history.

The netsukes' stories reach back through generations, World events, and famous people and places. One of de Waal's ancestors was a friend of Marcel Proust, and a patron of Degas, Manet and Renoir. The trail of the netsuke leads from Paris to occupied Vienna, and ironically back to Japan, where they originated.

Edmund de Waal's book tells a fascinating story of drama, war, and survival of both the family members, and their netsuke.

Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

Reviewed by: Onchan Book Group

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

You can't admit to someone else what you're too damn afraid to admit to yourself.

This one  has been a real hit with our book group. It's a dystopian novel, set in a post nuclear world where Elka, a 7 year old girl, is rescued during a storm in the wilderness by a man she calls the Trapper. The Trapper teaches her survival skills, but it turns out that he doesn't just hunt deer, he kills people too. At 17, Elka discovers that the Trapper is a serial killer, and being hunted down. She sets out to find her real parents, who had left her in the care of her grandmother, now dead. The Trapper doesn't want to let her go, and Elke has to use what he taught her to stay alive ... but maybe he taught her too well? The group thought this one was:

...pacy, engaging and well written.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diana Setterfield

Reviewed by: Onchan Book Group

Rating: 4.5 out 5 stars

If you enjoyed this, you may like: Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase, The House at The Edge of the World by Julie Rochester, and authors Kate Morton and Lucinda Riley.

"Once upon a time, there was a haunted house ... a library ... Once upon a time there were twins"

Vida Winter, the world famous writer and recluse, calls upon an unknown biographer, Margaret Lea, to tell her story. Books are a refuge for Margaret living with the guilt of surviving her co-joined twin. When she hears Vida Winter's words about a library and twins, she's instantly hooked, and takes on the commission.


But Vida Winter is manipulative, has never told the truth about her life before, and doesn't have long left to live. Margaret stays at Vida Winter's gothic and isolated house, while she uncovers a strange and compelling mystery, with an unexpected twist.

Onchan Book Group say: " Don't let the slow build up put you off. The book really takes off once Margaret arrives at Vida Winter's house - then you can't put it down!"

You can find more book reviews on Onchan Book Group's Blog.


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