Category: Shelf Indulgence

THE CRAFTSMAN, by Sharon Bolton

Trapeze, £5.95 ISBN-10: 9781409174134 The Craftsman opens in August 1999, the hottest day of the year. Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovelady attends the burial of Larry Glassbrook, a coffin-maker. He’s also the convicted serial killer whom she arrested thirty years earlier. A master carpenter and funeral director, Larry imprisoned his victims – alive – in caskets he […]

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ENGELBY by Sebastian Faulks

Vintage PressISBN-10: 0099458276 I first read Engleby in 2007, its year of publication, and recommended it as an essential Christmas read.  Although he is better known for his novels set in France, particularly Birdsong, Faulks writes cracking psychological suspense, too – and has even penned a well-received Bond thriller. While Engleby is a quieter affair, it […]

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THE BATTLE FOR BEVERLY HILLS, by Nancie Clare

St Martin’s Press ISBN-10: 1250121345 How did actors metamorphose from uncredited players in silent ‘flickers’ to become powerful movers and shakers in politics? Apparently, it all began in the 1920s with the very first celebrity movie stars. Nancie Clare charts the development of Beverly Hills from marginal rancho land to glamorous enclave for Hollywood stars. It […]

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UNCOMMON TYPE by Tom Hanks

UNCOMMON TYPE by Tom Hanks William Heinemann ISBN-13: 978-1785151514 This is Tom Hanks’s first collection of short stories. Yes, Tom Hanks the actor. He writes, too – and very well, damnit!Uncommon Type’s eclectic mix of stories have one common theme: a typewriter features in each. We’re not talking about electrics or word processors; these honest-to-goodness machines […]

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LA BELLE SAUVAGE: The Book Of Dust Volume I, by Philip Pullman

LA BELLE SAUVAGE: The Book Of Dust Volume I, by Phillip Pullman Penguin RH & David Fickling Books ISBN–13: 978-0385604413 There’s a delightful trend, just now, for beautiful books. Bound between linen-covered boards, some engraved, some gilt-edged, many with silk place-markers, they recall a time when print books were given as precious gifts, and treasured by […]

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