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Nahal Ghanbari

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Nahal Ghanbari studies children's and youth literature, and spends a lot of time reading fiction or watching TV-series, preferably of the fantastic kind. She resides in Uppsala and likes to be opinionated. You can also find her at www.owlandpussycat.se

Book of the month

British Crime Book of the month – January

Ann Granger – The Testimony of the Hanged Man is our british crime book of the month for January. Victorian London is brought vividly to life in Ann Granger's fifth historical crime novel to feature Scotland Yard's Inspector Ben Ross and his wife Lizzie. A hanged man would say anything to save his life. But what if his testimony is true? When Inspector Ben Ross is called to Newgate Prison by a man condemned to die by the hangman's noose he isn't expecting to give any credence to the man's testimony. But the account of a murder he witnessed over seventeen years ago is so utterly believeable that Ben can't help wondering if what he's heard is true.

Book of the month – December

T. Jefferson Parker – Full Measure is our book of the month for December. Patrick Norris returns to rural California after serving with the US Army in Iraq. Fire has ravaged his home farm and it has all become too much for his parents and brother to manage. The country has changed though, notably after the mass killings of children in schools across the United States, invariably by lone gunmen, and a great tension exists in the people.

Science Fiction – December

Eric Brown – Jani and the Greater Game is our Science Fiction book of the month for December. Jani and the Greater Game is the first book in a rip-roaring, spice-laden, steampunk action adventure series set in India and featuring a heroine who subverts all the norms...

Fantasy – December

E. C. Blake – Masks (Masks of Aygrima #1) is our Fantasy book of the month for December. Masks, the first novel in a mesmerizing new fantasy series

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy – December

Nailini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Leasa Shearin – Night Shift is our Paranormal/Urban Fantasy book of the month for December. Four masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance plunge readers into the dangerous, captivating world unearthed beyond the dark…

Classic of the Month – December

Stella Gibbons  – Cold Comfort Farm is our Classic of the Month for December. 'We are not like other folk, maybe, but there have always been Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm...'

Teen Reading – December

Terry Pratchett – Nation is our Teen Reading book of the month for December. When a giant wave destroys his entire Nation - his family and everyone he has ever known - Mau finds himself totally alone. Until he meets Daphne, daughter of a colonial Governor and the sole survivor from a shipwreck.

Book of the month – November

Natalie Haynes – The Amber Fury is our book of the month for November. When you open up, who will you let in? When Alex Morris loses her fiance in dreadful circumstances, she moves from London to Edinburgh to make a break with the past. Alex takes a job at a Pupil Referral Unit, which accepts the students excluded from other schools in the city. These are troubled, difficult kids and Alex is terrified of what she's taken on.

Book of the month – October

Karen Joy Fowler – We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is our book of the month for October.

British Crime Book of the month – September

Antonia Hodgson – The Devil in the Marshalsea is our book of the month for September. London, 1727 - and Tom Hawkins is about to fall from his heaven of card games, brothels and coffee-houses into the hell of a debtors' prison. The Marshalsea is a savage world of its own, with simple rules: those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of the gaol's rutheless governor and his cronies. A twisting mystery, a dazzling evocation of early 18th Century London.

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