Sophie has a great career in event planning, a brilliant social life, a wardrobe full of designers, her own flat in London… and a fear of commitment. So, you can imagine what happens when a social worker turns up at her office and tells her in the conference room that not only has her best friend from school died in an accident, but having drunkenly agreed to be Godmother, now…

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Set in the contemporary Australian suburbs to a backdrop of second generation immigration and overt drug use, The Slap deals with the lives of various characters all interlinked by one incident at a barbecue where a man slaps an overprotected child that is not his, in front of the parents and all of the party‚Äôs guests. The fallout affects friendships, family and relationships as they all struggle with their opinions…

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This book is an absolute page turner. I could not put it down, staying up until 2.30am to finish it once I got towards the end. Told from the point of view of a little boy Jack, who has grown up in one room with his mother, it is heart achingly poignant. The storyline echoes the real life headlines about Austrian Josef Fritzl and his secret family locked in a…

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Standing in the train station after a particularly stressful week, I needed a laugh and seeing Miranda’s face looking down at me made me think that this would definitely give me what I needed. A simple laugh and a bit of escapism. Did it? Well, there were definitely some laugh-out-loud moments and some not so funny ones, but all in all I would still recommend it. So, in the style…

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