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The Jester by James Patterson & Andrew Gross

I am about to start reading this exciting Action packed Historical adventure by James Patterson & Andrew Gross. It Features a character named Hugh DeLuc, who arrives home disillusioned after the Crusades, and finds that his village has been ransacked and his wife has been abducted by mysterious Knights who arrived suddenly one  night, wearing no colours apart from a black cross on their chests.

So disguised as a jester, Hugh sets off on a mission to rescue his wife from the castle where she is being held. During his quest he finds out what the Knights are searching for – an ancient relic worth more than any throne which they will go to any lengths to get.

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Man Booker Prize Winner – Julian Barnes – The Sense of an Ending

Julian Barnes has finally won the Man Booker Prize on the fourth attempt with his novel “The Sense of an Ending”, his victory came after one of the most bitter run-ups to the prize because he was not among the shortlisted writers, This decision dismayed and bemused commentators who accused judges of putting populism above genuine quality.

However one of the judges said It is a very readable book, readability being very important and despite being undoubtedly short at 150 pages, it is also a novel of the highest quality, and quality is also just as important. The novel has the markings of a classic of English Literature – it is exquisitely written, subtly plotted and reveals new depths with each reading.

Accepting the prize, Barnes thanked the judges for their wisdom and also offered some advice to publishers: “Those of you who have seen my book, whatever you think of its contents, will probably agree it is a beautiful object. And if the physical book, as we’ve come to call it, is to resist the challenge of the ebook, it has to look like something worth buying, worth keeping.”

The Sense of an Ending is Barnes’ 11th novel and explores memory: how fuzzy it can be and how we amend the past to suit our own wellbeing. It tells the story through the apparently insignificant and dull life of arts administrator Tony Webster whose comfortable middle age is thrown into disarray by a lawyer’s letter that forces him to address an early memory…