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Book reviews: Women of the Home Front celebrated in The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

BOOK OF THE WEEK The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan, published in hardback by Borough Press, JENNIFER Ryan dedicates her wonderfully warm debut novel to her grandmother, Eileen Beckley, and the women of the Home Front, whose incredible stories she has woven together into a beautifully life-affirming tale of the power of community spirit in the constant fear of war.

John Boyne's The Heart's Invisible Furies about a gay man in post-war Ireland

JOHN Boyne accepts that he will forever be known as the author of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, no matter how great his novels have been before or since his children's story became an international hit and was made into a movie But he doesn't begrudge the fact that his 2006 novel – in which an innocent nine-year-old boy, Bruno, the son of a Nazi commandant in the Second World War, befriends a Jewish boy in a concentration camp, unaware of his terrible plight – may have usurped better novels he has written.

Roald Dahl – storyteller and medical pioneer

Jenny Lee
MOST people know Roald Dahl as a famous writer of children's books, including George's Marvellous Medicine, but few are aware of his fascination with the world of medicine – or his contribution to it.

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Three Daughters Of Eve by Elif Shafak is published in hardback by Viking, priced £14.

A real Corker: Author Mark McAvoy on his Cork Rock music bible

David Roy
"I'M MUCH happier with this version, to be honest with you" enthuses author Mark McAvoy of his new revised and updated edition of Cork Rock: From Rory Gallagher to The Sultans of Ping – a definitive and highly readable guide to the rebel city's ever-evolving rock scene.

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