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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
(Charlie Bucket #1)
by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

Excellent bedtime story for my grandson, even when delivered over multiple nights & via video link. Actually enjoyed revisiting it my self

Essex UK

Just finished Sue Grafton’s ‘V is for Vengeance’, featuring her P.I. Kinsey Millhone. This is the 22nd
novel in the sequence of a book per alphabet letter. I have read all the ones from A-R, but have yet
to get my hands on S, T, and U, (bearing in mind that I get most of my books from our local charity
shops – purely from a philanthropic point of view, you understand!). Very good detective-type series,
and characters with whom you can identify.

Albox, Costa Almeria, Spain

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2

Having seen the play about 18 months ago now, I relived the event. Brilliant!

Essex UK

In the novel, there’s a reference to Hannah Arendt’s description of W H Auden as displaying “the heart’s invisible furies” on his face.
Look at a picture of Auden in his later years, and the meaning is clear!


Thanks for that @GeminiJen – it sounds interesting. From the title I may well have dismissed it
as a “bodice-ripper” and not given it a second thought!

Albox, Costa Almeria, Spain


Long before we discovered that he had fathered two children by two different women, one in Drimoleague and one in Clonakilty, Father James Monroe stood on the altar of the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, in the parish of Goleen, West Cork, and denounced my mother as a whore.

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he?

Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple (via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun) Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime attempting to know himself and to discover where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country, a place of belonging.

In this, Boyne’s most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a novel about the search for a sense of self in a changing world and the ultimate, redemptive power of the human spirit.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781784161002
Number of pages: 736
Weight: 492 g
Dimensions: 198 × 127 × 32 mm

‘The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a deeply engaging and accomplished work. Screamingly funny one minute and heartbreaking the next.’ – The Daily Express

‘A special read’ – BBC Radio 4 Front Row

‘I ran through the whole range of human emotions while reading this brilliant novel. It’s a masterpiece.’ – Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love

‘By turns savvy, witty and achingly sad, Boyne’s latest novel is an epic romp through recent Irish history. This is a novelist at the top of his game.’ – The Mail on Sunday

‘The Heart’s Invisible Furies, by John Boyne, is like an Irish World According to Garp, by which I mean tender, dark, hilarious, heartbreaking-I loved it’ – Vogue


GeminiJen wrote:

20:37 11-May-20

John Boyne: The Heart’s Invisible Furies.
Would highly recommend.

What is the genre, and how about a short synopsis, please, @GeminiJen ?

Albox, Costa Almeria, Spain

John Boyne: The Heart’s Invisible Furies.
Would highly recommend.


I was curious & had a look at a few reviews, which seemed to be of a similar mind. I’m not sure another Scarpetta adventure will be high on my reading list for a while.

Essex UK

coolonespa wrote:

08:58 10-May-20

@Cruzeroqueen1 wrote:

Just finished The Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell – a writer renowned for meticulous research and good plotlines. Personally, I thought it ended a bit abruptly – would have liked more i;s dotted and t’s crossed.

I realised after your post that my next book in the Scarpetta series was Trace….trying to read them in order. Remarkably I ended this one feeling exactly the same as you did about your book. There were some key details or elements that either were implied or left hanging in the wind. Also the “wrapping up” of each of the strands of the story were all a bit dull really. A bit disappointed with this one.

What can I say, Steve, except:- “Great minds think alike!”

Albox, Costa Almeria, Spain
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