The Book Lovers' Companion: What to Read Next
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With so many fantastic books out there, it can often be difficult to choose what to read next. Thankfully, The Book Lovers' Companion - an updated and revised version of The Book Club Bible - is here to help: bringing together a huge range of the best and most loved titles in one comprehensive guide.
Featuring a diverse selection of books to choose from, from Pride and Prejudice to the modern classics as well as the latest bestsellers, this guide includes interesting discussion points and facts that will be indispensable for book lovers as well as potential companion books with similar themes, honest opinions from readers and razor-sharp reviews from critics, so you'll know you're making the right choice every time. Compiled by a range of English literature experts and avid readers, and with a foreword by Lionel Shriver, author of We Need To Talk About Kevin, The Book Lovers' Companion is sure to inspire any book lover. You need never read a bad book again!
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are missing an extended mention in The Book Lovers’ Companion. This is by no means a comment on their quality, but rather an expectation that readers may already have encountered these wonderful books – perhaps at school, perhaps on a published survey of the nation’s most popular books – and discussed them with their book group. We urge you to reread them or discover them for the first time. Pride and Prejudice by JANE AUSTEN The Adventures of Augie March by SAUL BELLOW Jane Eyre by CHARLOTTE
the Edge of Time is a fierce indictment of the inequality of modern life, an uplifting exploration of what could be, and an audacious call to arms. Connie Ramos is thirty-seven, Mexican-American, poor, female, an inmate of a mental asylum, and a supposed child abuser: a woman undoubtedly on the edge of her 1970s society. Yet Connie is also the eponymous woman on the edge of time, a talented ‘catcher’ with the ability to communicate telepathically with Luciente – a time traveller from the year
the intense and watchful eye of her steadfast aunt, their sheltered lives eventually intertwine with characters who were best avoided, bringing about an inevitable and irrevocable climax. In haunting, neat prose, the novel explores the familial ties that bind (and sometimes choke); the art of manipulation; sibling rivalries and jealousies; and the dangers of obsessive love. Intermittently told from the perspectives of Amanda and Ruth, the story unwinds against the backdrop of Nagawaukee Lake, a
Barcelona. • After Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote, The Shadow of the Wind is the most popular Spanish novel ever. To date, it has sold over 7 million copies worldwide. • The book was selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club in 2005. SUGGESTED COMPANION BOOKS • The Name of the Rose by UMBERTO ECO – another literary thriller based around a fictional book. • Winter in Madrid by C. J. SANSOM – a different perspective on the Spanish Civil War. • The Count of Monte Cristo by ALEXANDRE