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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

This has become my favourite all time read, given the space of time it covers from 1922 up to the 1950’s. It’s so well written.
The Count (who just wraps you round his finger) is just the supreme gentleman, and the picture in the back of the book just puts me in the mind of how he should be.
He was a thoughtful, caring person who was denied his freedom and kept under house arrest in a hotel for over 30 years. Even under these circumstances, he stretched his thoughts to do what he could to help others.
The final chapters left me reeling – it was so practical that he and Sophia came to the happy conclusion they deserved.

Reviewed by Elizabeth

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The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner

The book group recently read a classic children’s book of their own choice …The title draws you in. This takes you to places not dreamed of, with Elves,Tree Creatures who only appear at night, and Svarts with eyes that cannot bear light. 
The adventures that engulf Colin and Susan take them beyond mortal earth into the dark underworld, not knowing which path to take and how to escape the pitfalls around each corner.
Cadollin, the wizard they met up with, warned them of the dangers ahead, but can his help bring them safely back to their Aunt and Uncle’s home?

Reviewed by Elizabeth