Book club library 2011

We read some great novels in 2011 and had fascinating discussions with their authors. Here's how to join in with Mumsnet book club in 2012 and beyond.

And see the books currently making us laugh, cry or fume on the book Talk boards.

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Next to Love - Ellen Feldman

Babe, Millie and Grace find their small-town lives transformed when their husbands leave to fight in the 2nd world war. Civil rights, feminism and technological advances mean their world will never be the same again.

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 Lemon Cake


The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender

An engaging, intriguing and charming novel about the life of Rose Edelstein, and what happens after her ninth birthday, when she realises she can taste her mother's loneliness in her cake. 

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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet - David Mitchell

This compelling novel, from Booker-shortlisted author David Mitchell, centres on the love story between an ambitious Dutchman and a scarred Japanese woman in 1799. 

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What the Nanny Saw - Fiona Neill

Ali Sparrow answers an innocuous advert for a nanny and swiftly finds herself embroiled in a devastating scandal. Do her loyalites lie with the family who took her in or the one she left behind? A witty look at the modern family.

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 Crimson China


Crimson China  - Betsy Tobin

A gripping novel that takes the events of the Chinese cockle pickers' tragedy in Morecambe Bay as its starting point, and builds a complex story about illegal migrants, cross-cultural connections and love.

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 Started Early, Took My Dog cover


Started Early, Took my Dog - Kate Atkinson 

A novel full of plot twists that weave and dovetail when Jackson Brodie (who has spent a lifetime looking for missing people) begins to learn those people don't always wish to be found.

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The Hand that First Held Mine - Maggie O' Farrell

A beautifully crafted novel that weaves together the life of Lexie in 1950s bohemian Soho, and Elina, a modern day painter who's just had her first child.

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I Think I Love You - Allison Pearson

A sparklingly funny, insightful and moving story about a young girl who falls hopelessly in love with David Cassidy and, almost a quarter of a century later, with her life in pieces, finally gets to meet him.

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The Slap - Christos Tsiolkas 

A man at a suburban barbecue hits another person's child - this single act opens an exploration of racial intolerance and the limitations of multiculturalism.

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Room - Emma Donoghue

Despite its horrifying subject matter, Room is a celebration of resilience and the love between parent and child, and far more than a victim-and-survivor story.
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Trespass - Rose Tremain

A thrilling novel by this award-winning author about disputed territory, sibling love and devastating revenge.

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