Mailbox Monday 24/8/15

This week’s mailbox is devoted to purchases (some in person, some via the postie) so you can all see how much I love new book purchases! Thanks to Booktopia and Dymocks for acting as enablers! To be honest, I’d actually forgotten about one of these purchases. The books were all carefully organised on my desk read for writing up in my mailbox, then I shifted everything in the room and forgot. Oops. But the books themselves aren’t forgettable! Let’s have a look:

I’ve enjoyed Ellen Feldman’s books before. The Unwitting is set during the height of Cold War tensions, with the journalist Nell Benjamin as the main character. As the world turns on its head in 1963, Nell is forced to cope with not only loss but betrayal.

The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota came to my attention as it’s on the Man Booker prize longlist. It’s about three young men from India sharing a house in England. They all have their secrets in the past, but it’s Narinder, Randeep’s visa wife who has the most surprising of stories to tell.

Goodbye Piccadilly by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is the first in her new series, starting in 1914. It follows the Hunter family, their servants and neighbours as war breaks out.

Fetch Nurse Connie by Jean Fullerton might sound familiar to those who have read her Nurse Millie books – Connie is Millie’s friend, who was set on marrying her sweetheart after World War II – or so she thought. Connie throws herself into her career, so there’s sure to be plenty nursing stories here…

Nightingales on Call by Donna Douglas is the next book in the series (number 4) I have to read. Set in London 1937, the trainee nurses have new dramas to deal with, but there’s also some new faces. Jess is a maid and part of a notorious East End family. We also meet Katie’s sister Effie, a new trainee who is getting a little out of hand…

What did you receive or purchase this week? Do drop by the Mailbox Monday blog for links to everyone’s mailbox goodies. Overseen by Vicki (I’d Rather Be at the Beach), Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) and Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit), I’m sure you’ll find many books for the wish list!

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