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East of Hounslow by Khurrum Rahman
Javid, or Jay as he likes to be called, is a dealer living in London. He drives around in his recently bought BMW and lives with his Mum. He prays every Friday at the local mosque, which is the extent of his religious practice. However, Jay’s life is about to dramatically change because MI5 are watching him, he fits the profile for a mission and they are about to make contact.
Suddenly his world gets turned upside-down and he is plunged into a world of guns, violence, religion and terror. You get thrown into this world as Jay is, trying to understand who the good guys are, understanding where hate comes from and you get to walking someone else’s shoes for a bit and experience his life.
This book received a mixture of opinions from my group, many did not like the main character. His choices might not have seemed the best, but you could hear the clear narrative going through his head as he weighed up his options and made sense of his new world. It is fast-paced and gripping all building up to a planned terror attack in London and there is no way to predict the outcome.
Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir
Alison Weir’s enthralling novel, breathes new life into one of the most significant and tumultuous periods of the English monarchy. It is the story of Lady Jane Grey–“the Nine Days’ Queen”–a fifteen-year-old girl who unwittingly finds herself at the centre of the religious and civil unrest that nearly toppled the fabled House of Tudor during the sixteenth century.
The child of a scheming father and a ruthless mother, for whom she is merely a pawn in a dynastic game with the highest stakes, Jane Grey was born during the turbulent period between Anne Boleyn’s beheading and the demise of Jane’s infamous great-uncle, King Henry VIII. With the premature passing of Jane’s adolescent cousin, and Henry’s successor, King Edward VI, comes a struggle for supremacy fuelled by political machinations and lethal religious fervour.
Unabashedly honest and exceptionally intelligent, Jane possesses a sound strength of character beyond her years that equips her to weather the vicious storm. And though she has no ambitions to rule, preferring to immerse herself in books and religious studies, she is forced to accept the crown, and by so doing sets off a firestorm of intrigue, betrayal, and tragedy.
This is an extremely readable and harrowing account of the life and death of Lady Jane Grey which readers will find very informative and exceptionally moving.