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20 Books of Summer 2022 - final thoughts

20 Books of Summer ends in three days, and there is no way I’m going to get through my remaining three books by Wednesday, so here are a few thoughts on the seventeen I have read. Of these some I loved, and unfortunately, this year, several I didn’t. At least the duds can now be removed from my shelves and taken to the charity shop. Hits For me these six were absolute standouts. The Snow and the Works on the Northern Line by Ruth Thomas (reviewed here ) was just wonderful. It had everything I most enjoy in a novel; sharp, realistic social observation, humour, pathos, wit, instantly recognisable locations and a most satisfying ending. Loved it. His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet – who but Macrae Burnet could write such evocative prose, such an absorbing plot, and such subtle commentary on Scotland’s feudal system? We know at the outset how the story will end, but we are still left with as many questions as answers. Absolutely brilliant. The Pumpkin Eater by Penelope

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