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Author Keren David’s UKYA Books of the Year

So many…it’s really difficult to pick…

Two historical books:

images-6VIII by H M Castor –  a stunning beautifully written account of the life of Henry VIII

A World Between Us by Lydia Syson. Lydia’s in my writing group, so I’m like a proud auntie to this book. A touching love triangle set against the skillfully drawn background of the Spanish Civil War

Two contemporaries:

The Look by Sophia Bennett    A really enjoyable well-balanced story about two sisters, one’s talent spotted by a model agency, the other is diagnosed with cancer.

Fifteen Days without a Head by Dave Cousins  –  Made me laugh, made me cry. Two brothers fight to cover up their mum’s disappearance.

images-7One only-just UK…

The author is American (but lives in the UK). The setting is America (but there’s a British character).  Whatever. At Yellow Lake by Jane McLoughlin constantly amazed me with its brilliance.