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Wednesday 10th July 2019

Milkman by Anna Burns – Man Booker prize winner about political & cultural tensions in Northern Ireland.

How to Teach Quantum Physics to your Dog by Chad Orzel – puts quantum physics into terms even a German Shepherd can understand.

7 Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli – wonderful primer on how physics can help us understand the Universe.

The Spy & the Traitor by Ben Macintyre – true story of double life of KGB officer recruited by MI6. Recommended.

The Ancient Paths by Graham Robb – story of 15,000 mile bike ride that unearthed the skilled engineers of Pre-Roman times.

The Overstory by Richard Powers – migration meets the magical qualities of trees.

Italian Venice by RJB Bosworth – an elegant history of Venice since 1866.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett – a hostage situation with tender, touching moments

The Silence of the Girls – brilliant retelling of Homer’s epic poem from a woman’s point of view.

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift – exquisitely told and deeply affecting story of maid and writer in 1924. Highly recommended

Anna of the 5 Towns by Arnold Bennett – brilliantly perceptive novel of provincial life in Victorian England.

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