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BOOK OF THE WEEK with Charlie Richards. Exposure, Helen Dunmore, ISBN 978-0099559290 (Windmill Books) BD3.100 for Gulf Weekly Book Club members

London, November, 1960: the Cold War is at its height. Spy fever fills the newspapers and the political establishment knows how and where to bury its secrets.

When a highly sensitive file goes missing, Simon Callington is accused of passing information to the Soviets and arrested.

His wife, Lily, suspects that his imprisonment is part of a cover-up, and that more powerful men than Simon will do anything to prevent their own downfall.

She knows that she too is in danger and must fight to protect her children. But what she does not realise is that Simon has hidden vital truths about his past and may be found guilty of another crime that carries with it an even greater penalty.


Local Girl Missing, Claire Douglas, ISBN 978-1405926393 (Penguin) BD4.500 for Gulf Weekly Book Club members

Twenty years ago, 21-year-old Sophie Collier vanishes one night.

She leaves nothing behind but a trainer on the old pier - and a hole in the heart of her best friend, Francesca.

Now a body's been found and Francesca's drawn back to the seaside town she's tried to forget.

Perhaps the truth of what happened to Sophie will finally come out.

Yet Francesca is beginning to wish she hadn't returned. Everywhere she turns are ghosts from her past. The same old faces and familiar haunts of her youth.

But if someone knows what really happened to Sophie that night then now's the time to find out - isn't it? Except sometimes, discovering the truth can cost you everything you hold dear - your family, your sanity and even your life.

My favourite read of the week

The Dog Who Dared To Dream, Sun-mi Hwang, ISBN 978-0349142104 (Abacus) BD4.500 for Gulf Weekly Book Club members

This is the story of a dog named Scraggly. Born an outsider because of her distinctive appearance, she spends most of her days in the sun-filled yard of her owner's house.

Scraggly has dreams and aspirations just like the rest of us. But each winter, dark clouds descend and Scraggly is faced with challenges that she must overcome.

Through the clouds and even beyond the gates of her owner's yard lies the possibility of friendship, motherhood and happiness - they are for the taking if Scraggly can just hold on to them, bring them home and build the life she so desperately desires.

The Dog Who Dared to Dream is a wise tale of the relationship between dog and man, as well as a celebration of a life lived with courage. Translated into English for the first time, it is a classic from Sun-mi Hwang, an international bestselling author.

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