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    May 19, 2015   Author : admin

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In the end, 2014 turned out to be a pretty good year for book lovers. If you want to read the best that the year had to offer us then the following are some of the top books of the year. Beauty by Frederick G Dillen

This is the gripping tale of Carol, a tough corporate beast who specialises in closing down failing businesses. When she realises that she is about to lose her own job she decides to try and save the fish factory that she is supposed to be closing down. It is an uplifting tale that shows us how sudden and unexpected changes in life can produce a positive effect.

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

This evocative, atmospheric tale shows us how a recently widowed lady named Ruth struggles to maintain her independence after a woman called Frida arrives and claims to be a government carer. Ruth starts to slip more and more into a dreamlike state, as she recalls her childhood in Fiji and former acquaintances. The whole story is delicately handled and leaves us feeling a deep connection with confused and lonely Ruth.

The Visitors by Patrick O´Keeffe

The debut novel by O´Keeffe covers the story of two families from Ireland through different generations and parts of the world. The main character is James, who reflects on his old life in Limerick from his new home in the US. It is a novel which explores many aspects of life connected with moving on and looking to start again in another part of the world.

Bark by Lorrie Moore

Lorrie Moore is one of the top short story writers in the US right now, and this collection shows all of her trademark skills. Expect darkly humorous passages, dry wit and lots of puns. The stories deal with the war with Iraq, post 9/11 USA, weird wedding parties and a lot more.  

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