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Lampedusa: Gateway to Europe; Dr. Pietro Bartolo

Dr. Pietro Bartolo has worked with refugees on the Italian island of Lampedusa for the last twenty-five years.  In this book he  narrates their stories – alongside his own.   It is a harrowing narrative of “man’s inhumanity to man”[i]  juxtaposed with man’s ability to share compassion and kindness with each other in the face of adversity.  It can be a harrowing read.  We hear about the mother whose unborn child died at 36 weeks gestation as a result of the stress of the journey; the father who had to choose which child to save when the boat capsized; the brother who carried his paralysed brother on his back from Syria.

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White Bodies by Jane Robins

White Bodies by Jane Robins                         

This chilling psychological suspense novel from Jane Robins explores the dark side of love and the unbreakable ties that bind two sisters together. It is excellent debut novel.  The plot revolves around two main characters: Tilda and Callie.  Twin sisters who couldn’t be more different.   Tilda and Callie narrate the story from their own objective viewpoints providing back ground to their childhood and motivations to the present time; each time you think you have guessed what will happen – it doesn’t.  The story is completely unpredictable. A great plot with lots of twists and turns.  This gives the reader perspective to both their personalities and we learn about their characters.
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The Ice by Laline Paull

The Publisher said:    

THE ICE is an electrifying story of friendship, power and betrayal by the bestselling, Baileys-prize shortlisted author of The Bees.

It’s the day after tomorrow and the Arctic sea ice has melted. While global business carves up the new frontier, cruise ships race each other to ever-rarer wildlife sightings. The passengers of the Vanir have come seeking a polar bear. What they find is even more astonishing: a dead body.

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