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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

Where Did the Hills Go? by Lali Gupta Chatterjee ** Review**


Today I am featuring Where Did the Hills Go by Lali Gupta Chatterjee. This short novella was published on April 27th 2018 by Gatekeeper Press.
 
Edith, her family, and the world have to deal with the mystery of hills and buildings disappearing. What could be happening in this fictional setting? Is there a wandering black hole? Are they just earthquakes? Or did the universe wobble? Find out in Lali's new book....... 

My Thoughts

If you are interested in the science behind our natural world, you will enjoy this novella. There is a mystery at its heart which forces the reader to consider certain ethical questions. You start to ponder what you would do if placed in these perplexing but frightening circumstances. For me, this aspect of the novella dominates and makes the read worthwhile. 

    The writing style is quite formal and the words feel to be deliberately placed by the author. Following Edith's reactions and train of thought adds to her character and enables you to see the human cost behind the mysterious phenomena.

In short: Science fact meets Science Fiction.

   Check out these excerpts to give you a flavour of the story.


What caught her eye was a side headline, innocuously peeping out amidst the stock market, politics, showbiz, and crime. Intrigued as she was by the headline “Where did the hills go?” she had to move on as the signal turned green. But her thoughts remained captivated. How could hills disappear? That’s absurd…… 



………. The park was very pleasant. The dawning of spring had started a few days back. It thrust probing streaks of color and warmth that were welcome in the aftermath of days of dreary wintry mix.
                                                                         
….. It had not become any colder but shivers ran through both hiker and guide as, subdued and scared, they increased their pace back to base.

…….Suddenly, the world became intensely interested in the normally invisible muons flying around us.

…..Excited exchanges of thoughts and animated debates ensued amongst an anguished populace clinging to hope and fervent in their will to save the world                                                                    



About the Author


Lali is a Physicist – having spend many years with particle physics – from the tiniest particles to the vast cosmos. 


She likes to write stories that connect the incredible wonders of physics with people and their lives.

Lali’s earlier books are tales from the sub – atomic world. 
 
“Where Did the Hills Go?” shows the ‘universe can throw us a curve ball” at any time….read about it. 

You can follow Lali here: Website |  Facebook   |  Twitter

Book link: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Lali for a copy of the book.

 


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