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Light Shining in the Forest

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Light Shining in the Forest Paul Torday, book reviewNorman Stokoe is the new “Children’s Czar” of England’s Northumberland, and he has fallen between bureaucratic cracks with the newly formed government. He has a brand new position but no green-light to do anything. Still, with a good salary, his secretary Pippa and an office with a budget, things could be worse. Then Willie, a small-time reporter from a local newspaper, comes to him with a theory about some children who have gone missing. Everyone has labeled them as runaways, but Willie doesn’t believe it. Soon both Pippa and Norman agree, but now they’re on their own to find out the truth.

If one had to choose a tagline for Light Shining in the Forest, Paul Torday’s last novel, it would have to be “Every five minutes a child goes missing in the UK”.


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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Paul Torday, book reviewI have to confess, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen only made it onto by to-read list after I heard about the movie based on Paul Torday’s novel, starring Ewan McGregor. I had heard of the book before this, and found the title interesting, but I hadn’t paid much attention to it. Having seen trailers featuring my favourite actor however, the story began to appeal to me, and so I purchased the novel on Kindle.

The title tells you quite a lot about the novel. Alfred Jones is a fisheries scientist who is ordered by his superiors to come up with a proposal for a project dreamed up by a fishing enthusiast sheikh, to introduce salmon to the wadis of the Yemen. Other characters include Harriet Chetwode-Talbot, who works for the estate agency who manage the sheikh’s estates; Mary, Alfred’s high-flying wife; and Peter Maxwell, who is director of communications for the prime minister.


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More Than You Can Say

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More Than You Can Say by Paul Torday, book reviewIn the early hours of the morning in a private gentleman’s club in London, feckless Richard Gaunt accepts a double or quits challenge on a £3,000 bet; he must walk to Oxford, arriving at the Randolph Hotel in time for lunch. Why not? It’s not like Richard has anything better to do. Since leaving the army Richard has struggled to settle into life on Civvy Street; his fiancé has dumped him, he has no job to speak of and his landlord is pressing him for unpaid rent.

Just after dawn, Richard becomes aware of a vehicle slowing down behind him; several hours later he wakes up in a room he doesn’t know.


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The Girl On The Landing

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The Girl on the Landing By Paul Torday, book reviewYou think you know someone – but you never really do…

Michael and Elizabeth have been married for ten years. Elizabeth has accepted her life with her ‘boring’ but wealthy husband. She kept her job to keep her sanity it would seem and also to retain a sense of normality outside of her husband’s world of visiting Beinn Caorrun, the gloomy house in the Scottish glens near Perth in Scotland which he inherited when his parents died. Michael’s only other interest is his membership of Groucher’s, a club for Gentlemen with its old fashioned rules and regulations. Life with Michael is dull but safe and Elizabeth seems to have settled for that, accompanying Michael on the odd weekend away with fellow golf-playing members of Grouchers and also on trips to Beinn Caorrun, although Elizabeth does not like to visit the old house with its dark rooms and cold bedroom which Michael seems to prefer.


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