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GIVEAWAY : Two top titles to transport you to New York City and State!

9th June 2019

We have two top titles to give away to transport you to New York City and State…

Two top titles to transport you to New York City and State

The Room by the Lake by Emma Dibdin

When Caitlin left London for New York, she thought she’d left her problems behind: her alcoholic father, her dead mother, the unrelenting pressure to succeed. But now, down to her last dollar in a strange city, she is desperately lonely.

Then she finds Jake. Handsome, smart, slightly damaged Jake. And he wants her to meet his family.

He takes her to a lake house in the middle of the woods – in the middle of nowhere. The community there live off-grid. They believe in regular exercise and group therapy. And they’re friendly. Really friendly.

Turns out they’re not Jake’s real family – but isn’t family exactly what she’s running from?

But as the days drift by, Caitlin starts to feel uneasy. Now that she’s no longer running, does she risk getting lost forever?

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love)

It is the summer of 1940. Nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris arrives in New York with her suitcase and sewing machine, exiled by her despairing parents. Although her quicksilver talents with a needle and commitment to mastering the perfect hair roll have been deemed insufficient for her to pass into her sophomore year of Vassar, she soon finds gainful employment as the self-appointed seamstress at the Lily Playhouse, her unconventional Aunt Peg’s charmingly disreputable Manhattan revue theatre. There, Vivian quickly becomes the toast of the showgirls, transforming the trash and tinsel only fit for the cheap seats into creations for goddesses.

Exile in New York is no exile at all: here in this strange wartime city of girls, Vivian and her girlfriends mean to drink the heady highball of life itself to the last drop. And when the legendary English actress Edna Watson comes to the Lily to star in the company’s most ambitious show ever, Vivian is entranced by the magic that follows in her wake. But there are hard lessons to be learned, and bitterly regrettable mistakes to be made. Vivian learns that to live the life she wants, she must live many lives, ceaselessly and ingeniously making them new.

‘At some point in a woman’s life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time. After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is,’ she confides. And so Vivian sets forth her story, and that of the women around her – women who have lived as they truly are, out of step with a century that could never quite keep up with them.


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  1. User: tripfiction

    Posted on: 30/06/2019 at 2:42 pm

    Sarah C’s name came out of the hat!!!


  2. User: Tina

    Posted on: 24/06/2019 at 10:35 pm

    ‘New York’, by Edward Rutherford


  3. User: Annegret

    Posted on: 21/06/2019 at 6:18 am

    The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith


  4. User: Laura Pearson

    Posted on: 19/06/2019 at 12:13 pm

    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer


  5. User: claire Thorpe

    Posted on: 17/06/2019 at 8:55 pm

    The Summer Of Impossible things by Rowena Coleman is a fab book set in New York in the 1970’s. I loved it


  6. User: Sheila Shepheard

    Posted on: 17/06/2019 at 6:36 pm

    My fave New York story is On Golden Hill by Francis Spufford


  7. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 15/06/2019 at 3:28 pm

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Book is much darker than the film.


  8. User: Jane Willis

    Posted on: 15/06/2019 at 12:00 pm

    The best one I have read recently is House of Thieves by Charles Belfoure, set in late 18th century New York. It gives you a real feel for what the city was like in those times and the vast difference between the wealthy and poor areas.


  9. User: David

    Posted on: 14/06/2019 at 7:35 pm

    My favourite book set in New York is ‘From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler’ by E. L. Konigsburg, which is about two children who run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It is magical and good fun.


  10. User: Anna Tuckett

    Posted on: 14/06/2019 at 12:49 pm

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith


  11. User: Tracy D.

    Posted on: 14/06/2019 at 12:49 pm

    New York by Edward Rutherford

    The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman


  12. User: ALYSON READ

    Posted on: 13/06/2019 at 6:08 pm

    You Choose Philip Tomasso


  13. User: Leah Tonna

    Posted on: 13/06/2019 at 8:55 am

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.


  14. User: Barbara Khan

    Posted on: 10/06/2019 at 10:49 pm

    I love Fiona Davis’s books, all are set in NYC. I am looking forward to reading her latest, The Chelsea Girls.


  15. User: Ruth Carson-Byrne

    Posted on: 10/06/2019 at 11:46 am

    One of my absolute favourite books is Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar.


  16. User: Mariasole

    Posted on: 10/06/2019 at 11:44 am

    Definitely A tree grows in Brooklyn by B Smith


  17. User: Lisa

    Posted on: 10/06/2019 at 6:42 am

    The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver – I love crime fiction and thrillers!


  18. User: Daniel Smith

    Posted on: 10/06/2019 at 5:46 am

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


  19. User: Miriam Smith

    Posted on: 10/06/2019 at 5:45 am

    The Doll House – Fiona Davis


  20. User: Heidi Fischer

    Posted on: 10/06/2019 at 12:25 am

    I just read a fantastic book set in Manhattan: Her Daughter’s Mother by Daniela Petrova. It’s definitely one of my favourites!


  21. User: Linda Smith

    Posted on: 09/06/2019 at 11:18 pm

    The book that I couldn’t put down, is You, by Caroline Keynes.


  22. User: Rakhi

    Posted on: 09/06/2019 at 10:47 pm

    The Doll House by Fiona Davis


  23. User: Maureen Julian

    Posted on: 09/06/2019 at 9:50 pm

    Lucia, Lucia – Adriana Trigiani


  24. User: Andrew Cairns

    Posted on: 09/06/2019 at 9:28 pm

    The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster.


  25. User: Linda Rumsey

    Posted on: 09/06/2019 at 9:22 pm

    Sophie’s Choice, so sad.


  26. User: Sarah Clapton

    Posted on: 09/06/2019 at 9:02 pm

    The book I enjoyed is From Notting Hill to New York ….Actually


  27. User: Lynn Brown

    Posted on: 09/06/2019 at 7:34 pm

    The Group – Mary McCarthy is a classic and one of my faves


  28. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 09/06/2019 at 7:30 pm

    Unquestionably mine has to be The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath about her character, Esther Greenwood’s summer internship at a magazine, mental struggles and start of her breakdown.


  29. User: Rhonda

    Posted on: 09/06/2019 at 7:27 pm

    Time &Again Jack Finney


  30. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 09/06/2019 at 7:02 pm

    My most recent favourite book set in New York City is ‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara.
    I didn’t think I was going to get into it, it was a bit hard going at first, but soon I was hooked!


  31. User: Ellen Orange

    Posted on: 09/06/2019 at 7:01 pm

    The Great Gatsby!


  32. User: Sheryl

    Posted on: 09/06/2019 at 6:45 pm

    A tree grows in brooklyn


  33. User: Margaret Gallagher

    Posted on: 09/06/2019 at 6:35 pm

    The Doll House – Fiona Davis – a new author to me but I’ll CERTAINLY be reading some more : kept me on tender hooks


  34. User: Susan T.

    Posted on: 09/06/2019 at 6:31 pm

    The Golden House by Salman Rushdie is one of my favourites!


  35. User: Janine Phillips

    Posted on: 09/06/2019 at 5:57 pm

    I’ll Take Manhattan by American author Judith Krantz was enjoyable x


  36. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 09/06/2019 at 5:46 pm

    Sweet Liar by Jude Deveraux


  37. User: Julie Ryan

    Posted on: 09/06/2019 at 5:43 pm

    Loved Evanthia’s Gift set in Greece and New York.


  38. User: Lana Hood

    Posted on: 09/06/2019 at 5:42 pm

    Manhattan Noir