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Advent by Krishan Coupland

Ten-year-old Luke has always idolised his mother. She is strong and defiant and unafraid. She never lies to him, even about the things that matter. She couldn’t be more different from his soft and doting foster family. When his mother arrives unexpectedly at his bedroom window one winter night, Luke doesn’t hesitate. He joins her, and together they run . . .

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A Small Life by Suki

Struggling poet Suki has taken up life-modelling to make ends meet...

In a run-down northern English town Suki fights a daily battle with self-doubt over her pursuit of a vocation that has brought neither recognition nor fortune. Single once again, wistfully childless, haunted by the spectre of a destitute old age, Suki starts a lonely night-time blog about art, life, love, loss, and getting old alone. This soon engages a loyal . . .

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The Hole in the Wall by Clare Fisher

Told from the point of view of five contrasting narrators, The Hole in The Wall is a funny, touching and satirical tale of suburban disharmony. . . .

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The Darkened Corner by Tom Hamilton

The Darkened Corner covers seventeen years in the life of a traveller, conman, self-hater and hard-drinker, and his continuing obsession with his childhood crush, Katie Rose. Tom Hamilton’s fragmented story is delivered in short, sharp bursts of prose. . . .

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THE HOLE IN THE WALL

A good short read

By Paul Samael, member

Feb 5, 2014: A good short read, cleverly told from 5 different perspectives but with a dark undertone to it, this reminded me in some respects of Ian McEwan’s "The Cement Garden."

I would have to respectfully disagree with the reviewer who found it hard to follow. Yes, it does require your concentration and you do find yourself re-reading bits to check you "got everything" – but for me, the spareness of the writing was a strength not a weakness. Anyway, it’s free, so [more . . .]

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