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Old Filth by Jane Gardam

Old Filth by Jane GardamA member of an on-line book club I use highly recommended The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam, a novel which I had not previously come across. When I asked for some further info about it she suggested I read Old Filth first. Although The Man in the Wooden Hat is not strictly a sequel, Old Filth does provide a lot of background story and shares some characters.

I’m not quite sure how I have managed to completely miss Old Filth as it has been out since 2004 and appears to be well regarded (shortlisted for the 2005 Orange Prize for example) but it somehow managed to slip under my radar. Anyway, it turned out to be an excellent recommendation and I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.

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Author Spotlight – Gary William Murning

Following on from his successful novel – If I Never – which was published by Legend Press last year, author Gary William Murning has chosen a rather different direction for his follow up novel – Children of the Resolution – which went on sale recently (follow the links above for full reviews of both books).

Novel Suggestions caught up with Gary recently to get a bit of background info on his latest release and to find out what else he has in the pipeline for his readers.

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Children of the Resolution by Gary William Murning

Children of the Resolution by Gary MurningI read Gary William Murning’s first published novel mid-way through last year, and with his personal workload in promoting If I never, I was quite surprised to see  Children of the Resolution released so soon. It is a very different type of book however, far more personal, and with its semi-autobiographical leaning, it was deemed to fall a little outside of the remit of his publisher Legend Press. This left Gary with the dilemma of either finding a suitable traditional publisher, or taking on the additional work of going down the self-publishing route. In the end he chose the latter and appears to have jumped this additional hurdle rather well; the end product with an admirable standard of proof reading and production quality is now available in print form published by Lulu, and also in Kindle format on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel’s widely acclaimed Wolf Hall collected the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2009, and was shortlisted for a number of other awards. It has taken me quite a while to get around to finding out what all the fuss was about, but it proved to be well worth the wait in the end, it really is a superb piece of work. It has received some degree of criticism for annoying elements in its writing style; so is it a flawed masterpiece or simply flawed?

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