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    This is described, by the author, as an unofficial guide to the first two stages of Tour de France 2014. It's a useful and attractive guide to the roads and scenery that will be tackled by cyclists on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July 2014. It's a small book (18 x 12.5 x 1cm) and hardbacked, designed to fit in a cycle jersey back pocket.

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    ‘At the age of four Clover chooses her own name. Aged six she falls in love with her best friend, James, with whom she happily spends all her time’ and so the story begins. Not so much a love story, as a story about love.

    The novel is set initially in Grand Cayman, a Caribbean island which remains a British territory; as such it was seen as an ideal place to become an offshore financial centre. We are given a window in to the life of the expatriates on the island, bankers, accountants, trust managers and a few tax exiles. We also get a glimpse of the island population who support the wealthy the ethos being very much old colonialism. Set against this back drop we have Clover and the love of her life James, two privileged children in a seemingly heavenly setting.

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    A Cat, a Hat and a Piece of String
    by Joanne Harris is a wonderful collection of interlinked short stories. They link to each other as well as to her other published works. Sometimes going as far as being a sequel other times a simple nod and cameo appearances. These short stories cover a variety of themes rather than being a collection of thrillers or love shorts, which alongside the fact that each is about 10 pages in length, maintained my interest even on my most distracted of days. From little old ladies causing mischief to train station cafés and the strong lure of the internet and social networks, this book covers a little bit of just about everything and adds an unexpected twist.

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    This book is third in the Lucy Morgan series, starring the author’s interpretation of the Dark Lady of Shakespeare’s sonnets as a black Lady-in-Waiting to Elizabeth I. It’s advertised as a drama with romance, and I was very much looking forward to reading it. What a premise! Don’t worry if you haven’t read “The Queen’s Secret or “His Dark Lady, the author engages us with a whole new story and full descriptions of who we see where and why.

    Lucy Morgan is a woman living at court surrounded by glittering ladies, strutting courtiers, and inescapable political intrigue. Lucy is the ward of Master Goodluck, a master spy often working away to further England’s interests, and she is secretly in a love affair with William Shakespeare who is married to someone else. Other familiar faces abound: Kit Marlowe, Robert Dudley the Earl of Leicester, even Sir Walter Raleigh; it’s like a who’s who of interesting historical people.

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    On Friday at 10:00, The Undertaking by Audrey Magee arrived on my desk, and I picked it up to have a quick browse of the first few pages over my lunch break. Twelve hours later, I closed the book, turned on my laptop, and had no idea how to convey what I had just experienced.

    This book is a World War Two drama. It follows the lives of Katharina, a young woman living in Berlin, and Peter, a German soldier fighting on the eastern front. Peter and Katharina are married long-distance via the marriage bureau. Peter has done it for the Honeymoon leave, while, if she becomes a widow, Katharina gets his pension. On this calculated arrangement, Peter comes to claim his bride.

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