Monday, 14 May 2012

Mailbox Monday 14.05.12

I had a couple of lovely book-shaped parcels this week, which gives me plenty to show you for Mailbox Monday, hosted this month by Martha's Bookshelf. All synopses are from Goodreads.

 

Sun Dog by Monique Roffey 

August Chalmin feels the weather like no one else. A large awkward recluse, with bright orange hair and sun-shy eyes, August hides himself away behind the counter of a Shepherd's Bush deli. One winter's day two things change his life forever: his mother's ex-lover Cosmo shambles back into his life, and he discovers a rash on his arm which looks like frost. A rash which is frost.

The Mitford Girls by Mary S. Lovell 

This is the story of an aristocratic English family splintered by the violent ideologies of Europe between the wars. Jessica was a Communist; Debo became the Duchess of Devonshire; Nancy was one of the best-selling novelists of her day; the ethereally beautiful Diana was the most hated woman in England; and Unity Valkyrie, born in Swastika, Alaska, would become obsessed with Adolf Hitler.


The Collaborator by Margaret Leroy

As World War II draws closer and closer to Guernsey, Vivienne de la Mare knows that there will be sacrifices to be made. What she does not expect is that she will fall in love with one of the enigmatic German soldiers who take up residence in the house next door to her home. Though Vivienne knows the perils of her love affair with Gunther, she believes that she can keep their relationship and her family safe. But when she becomes aware of the full brutality of the Occupation, she must decide if she is willing to risk her personal happiness for the life of a stranger. 


The Evolution Man by Roy Lewis
 "Artfully told and laugh-out-loud funny", says the Los Angeles Times Book Review of this long out-of-print novel--now being rediscovered. Lewis's hilarious tale of one Stone Age family offers highly-revised accounts of the invention of fire, the origins of courtship, and much more. Charles Darwin may turn over in his grave.




The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood

Bright, bookish Oscar Lowe has escaped the urban estate where he was raised and made a new life for himself amid the colleges and spires of Cambridge.. But when he meets and falls in love with Iris Bellwether, a beautiful and enigmatic medical student at King's College, Oscar is drawn into her world of scholarship and privilege, and soon becomes embroiled in the strange machinations of her brilliant but troubled brother, Eden.



The Unlikely Pilgrammage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking to save someone else's life.

16 comments:

  1. It'll be hard to know what to read first - they all look so good! Enjoy!

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    1. I could always write a list and stick a pin in it! Thanks for visiting :-)

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  2. OOh, I didn't know LeRoy had a sequel out. So exciting. I loved The Soldier's Wife. Have a wonderful week and happy reading

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    1. I think it's the same book, but The Collaborator is the UK title. It's so annoying when they do that!

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  3. The Bellwether Revivals has gone straight on my library reservation list. Thanks for the tip-off.

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    1. It was a bargain from The Book People so I bought it on a whim. Hope it's good!

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  4. I have the Bellwether Revivals, I'm excited to read it. I hope you enjoy all your new books.

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    1. Me too! Thanks for stopping by :-)

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  5. Great books. I got The Unlikely Pilgrimage as well. Looks like a great read.

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    1. I'm really looking forward to it, it's next on my list after I finish all the Orange prize books. Have great week :-)

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  6. A great list of books, enjoy!

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/05/mailbox-monday_14.html

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  7. I think I would enjoy The Evolution Man -- as I always love a great laugh!

    Enjoy all your new books!

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    1. It does look fun - I might save it for a read-a-thon as I think it would be ideal. Thanks for stopping by :-)

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  8. The Collaborator looks especially good. Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks! Have a good week. :-)

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