Posted on 23rd July 2014

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Little Egypt

In 2014, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize worked with the Regional Literature Development Agencies to find reading groups across the UK to read the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize-winning titles.  Little Egypt by Lesley Glaister was read by the Page Turner Reading Group from Norwich and below are reviews from its reading group members.  Little Egypt

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Posted on 21st July 2014

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Marry Me

If there’s a lesson to be gleaned from Dan Rhodes’ Marry Me, it’s a Wildean one: mutual misunderstanding is the key to a lasting marriage. This tongue-in-cheek book, a droll collection of 80-odd comic vignettes, skewers dewy-eyed perceptions of marital bliss, offering dysfunctional tale after dysfunctional tale in which hearts are broken, egos are shattered,…

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Posted on 16th July 2014

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Lolito

In 2014, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize worked with the Regional Literature Development Agencies to find reading groups across the UK to read the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize-winning titles. Lolito by Ben Brooks was read by the Books Actually Book Group from Brighton and below are reviews from its reading group members.  As the title readily…

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Posted on 14th July 2014

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Whatever Happened To Billy Parks?

In 2014, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize worked with the Regional Literature Development Agencies to find reading groups across the UK to read the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize-winning titles. Whatever Happened To Billy Parks? by Gareth R Roberts was read by the Nottingham Readers from Nottingham and below are reviews from its reading group members. 

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Posted on 9th July 2014

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Mrs. Hemingway

In 2014, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize worked with the Regional Literature Development Agencies to find reading groups across the UK to read the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize-winning titles. Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood was read by the Ickenham Reading Group from Middlesex and below are reviews from its reading group members.  1. Samantha Everett:…

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Posted on 7th July 2014

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Vanishing

In 2014, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize worked with the Regional Literature Development Agencies to find reading groups across the UK to read the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize-winning titles. Vanishing by Gerard Woodward was read by the Bush House Reading Group from London and below are reviews from its reading group members.  We enjoyed several…

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Posted on 1st July 2014

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 Mr Loverman

Bernardine Evaristo is an audacious writer: whether it’s mining her own family tree for material and weaving it into a verse novel or turning history upside down in a revisionist tale of ‘whytes’ enslaved by Africans, she’s not afraid to rip up the rule book in order to tell a story her own way.  She’s…

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Posted on 23rd June 2014

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The Dig

In 2014, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize worked with the Regional Literature Development Agencies to find reading groups across the UK to read the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize-winning titles. The Dig by Cynan Jones was read by the Whitley Bay Reading Group from Whitley Bay and below are reviews from its reading group members.  “The…

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Posted on 23rd June 2014

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Winter

I chose this to review purely by the appeal of the title, knowing nothing of the novel or author. It proved an excellent choice: a novel about the ageing Thomas Hardy and his much-younger but fast-ageing second wife Florence, and based on an incident from true life, which I remembered coming across in Claire Tomalin’s…

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Posted on 23rd June 2014

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Gretel and the Dark

At its heart, Gretel and the Dark is a story about stories, and the people who tell them. In this novel, stories give comfort, cause conflict, and provide protection to the teller and the listener. For the reader, this collection of tales bound up into this novel is as dense as the woods in a…

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