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The Wartime Book Club by Kate Thompson #Review

  The Wartime Book Club is a marvellous historical novel set on Jersey in World War Two. Written by Kate Thompson , it was published by Hodder $ Stoughton on February 13th. Jersey, 1943. Once a warm and neighbourly community, now German soldiers patrol the cobbled streets, imposing a harsh rule on the people of the island. Grace La Mottée, the island's only librarian, is ordered to destroy books which threaten the new regime. Instead, she hides the stories away in secret. Along with her headstrong best friend, postwoman Bea Rose, she wants to fight back. So she forms the wartime book club: a lifeline, offering fearful islanders the joy and escapism of reading. But as the occupation drags on, the women's quiet acts of bravery become more perilous - and more important - than ever before. And, when tensions turn to violence, they are forced to face the true, terrible cost of resistance . . . Based on astonishing real events, The Wartime Book Club is a love letter

Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop, Photographs by Alexander Kakolyris

    I received a sampler of Cartes Postales from Greece and a beautiful thing it is. With its brilliant white hardback cover and stunning colour photographs, it begs to be opened. The story starts in London. Ellie notices that a series of postcards, addressed to the unknown S. Ibbotson, start to arrive in her building. Signed only with an initial A, they intrigue her and she looks forward to each one arriving. Each shows an image of Greece, with its blue skies and bright colours - so different to her rather gloomy city life which has so far disappointed her. After some months, they stop appearing but she cannot forget their images and on a whim, decides to take a holiday in Greece. Picking up a package which has arrived from A, just as she leaves, she discovers that it contains a notebook which tells the story of a man's journey through Greece and recounts stories he has been told by strangers along the way. 

    A,it transpires, is writing and researching a book on Cycladic Art. Let down by S Ibbotson, he has decided to continue his plans to travel around  Greece.  I found the concept of following A's journey interesting and my appetite was whetted to read more. I loved the 'picture book for adults' angle which added so much to the story. As he travels around, he meets the locals who tell him a variety of stories - some old, some new and each illustrated beautifully. 

In short: a tapestry of stories mixed with the sights and sounds of Greece- gorgeous!

Thanks to the publishers Headline Review for a copy of the sampler. 


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