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Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
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Quite Ugly One Morning by Christopher Brookmyre
reviewed by Ken Surridge, 6 July 2017

Published in 1996, Quite Ugly One Morning was Christopher Brookmyre's debut novel. It was deservedly well-received both by critics and readers alike.

The novel is frequently described as a crime thriler but it is, in fact, much more mixing an action-packed narrative with cutting satire, black humour, and social commentary directed at post-Thatcherite Scotland.

The novel is set in Scotland, the author's home, and features Jack Parlabane, a journalist who seems to invite trouble then making it considerably worse. Jack has a knack of detecting the crooked with an approach to the ethics of journalism and the law that can be best described as flexible, justified by his ability to unearth the crimes of the respectable.

In quite Ugly One Morning, Jack uncovers the serial murders organised for profit by a self-made man with powerful political friends. In the course of exposing the respectable criminal, Jack puts his own life, and several others, in danger. The compelling plot is enriched by the author's dark humour and satire. It remains an excellent read.

Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith
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The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
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A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth by Samantha Weinberg
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Love in a Blue Time by Hanif Kureishi
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50 reasons people give for believing in god by Guy P. Harrison
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The Dark Circle by Linda Grant
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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
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Coming Soon reviewed by Ken Surridge

Coming Soon reviewed by Ken Surridge

Coming Soon reviewed by Ken Surridge

Coming Soon reviewed by Ken Surridge

Coming Soon reviewed by Ken Surridge

Coming Soon reviewed by Ken Surridge

Coming Soon reviewed by Ken Surridge

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The 10 Best Books of 2016

The year's best books, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. 1 December 2016.


Charlotte Brontë, the filthy bitch

Enough of the Brontë industry's veneration of coffins, bonnets and TB. It is time to exhume the real Charlotte - filthy bitch, grandmother of chick-lit, and friend.

Visit KS Learning for notes and articles on Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë to assist with A level English Literature revision, essays and coursework.


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Visit KS Learning for notes and articles on Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote to help with A level English Literature revision.


Visit KS Learning for notes and articles on A Streetcar named Desire by Tennessee Williams for A level English Literature.

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