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The Trials of Arthur by Arthur Pendragon & CJ Stone

Now this is an interesting one that I recently received for review. The Trials of Arthur was originally published back in 2003, but has now been extensively re-written and updated (eBook version is out now, the revised paperback version is due later in 2012). It is actually not strictly a novel, but I’ve moved the goalposts slightly in order to review it since it reads so well and is also rather fascinating to boot!

It tells the story of a latter day King Arthur and his band of supporters — bikers, Druids, environmental campaigners — from all walks of life. The reason that it is not a novel is that it features, and is co-written by, the great man himself (it really is him, it says so on his passport) so it is actually a true story — a slightly odd, but true, story! I was as cynical on first picking it up as you no doubt are as you read this, but I was soon drawn in and found it was striking a number of chords with me. But even if you read it and somehow don’t find yourself delighting at the wonderful eccentricity that we Brits excel at, you certainly won’t be able to argue that the story is anything other than unique.

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All Her Father’s Guns by James Warner

All Her Father's Guns by James WarnerI have fallen so far behind with my reviews recently due to other commitments (not least, the writing of my own novel) but I simply had to find time to bring this one to the top of the review pile. I received James Warner’s novel All Her Father’s Guns to review just before Christmas, after reading some samples on his website. I am so glad that I got hold of a copy, as it turned out to be one of the most pleasant reading surprises of 2010.

To the best of my knowledge, this is James Warner’s first novel, and the slick writing style coupled with his dark, dark humour have certainly whetted my appetite for more.

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The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

The White Tiger by Aravind AdigaI never quite got around to reading Aravind Adiga’s — The White Tiger — when it was first published, but I suppose with the wide acclaim it received, along with the fact that it collected the 2008 Man Booker Prize, it was only a matter of time before I felt I had to. In the end, I picked up a copy whilst waiting for the publication of his latest novel — Last Man in Tower — which has now been released, and is another book I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing in the not too distant future.

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Last Train From Liguria by Christine Dwyer Hickey

Last Train From Liguria by Christine Dwyer HickeyFor the life of me, I simply cannot remember where I picked up the recommendation to read Christine Dwyer Hickey’s novel Last Train From Liguria but a big thank you to whoever it was. I suppose it is an indication of the depth of talent that is out there, but it always amazes me slightly to come across someone who writes as well as this, who already has a back catalogue of four or five novels, and yet you have simply not heard of them before. All I can say is long may it remain that way, as finding new authors to delve into is what keeps the reading life fresh and unpredictable – a change is as good as a rest so they say.

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