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There are chocaholics. There are workaholics. And then there are BOOKAHOLICS which for me is the best kind of ‘aholics’, writes BERNARD BALE.

Books, glorious books. Who could fail to love books whether it’s a book about an historic figure, a Dickens classic, a work of Jane Austen`s, a modern fiction, or even a page out of the Bible?

First of all, to all you readers, we would like to offer you a warm welcome to the new monthly feature of the Bookaholics` Book Column.

Every month we will feature a Book of the Month and other recommended titles as well as including a top ten favourite genres and many other great points of interest to fellow “bookaholics”.

BOOK OF THE MONTH

John Grisham’s new book -GRAY MOUNTAIN will be released in this country during October and will not disappoint Grisham fans. He has a new hero . . . and she’s full of surprises. The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed and escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the lucky associates. She’s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she’d get her old job back.

In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Mattie Wyatt, lifelong Brady resident and head of the town’s legal aid clinic, is there to teach her how to “help real people with real problems.” For the first time in her career, Samantha prepares a lawsuit, sees the inside of an actual courtroom, gets scolded by a judge, and receives threats from locals who aren’t so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town. And she learns that Brady, like most small towns, harbours some big secrets.

Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, rules are ignored, regulations are flouted, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal. Violence is always just around the corner and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly.

Yes Grisham at his best.

(Published by Arrow Books)

Also recommended

Robin Williams – when the laughter stops (Blake Publishing)

Diabetes -The New Epidemic (Blake Publishing)

The King’s Curse - Phillipa Gregory (Simon & Schuster)

Top 10 Genres:

This month’s 10 ten genres:

Thriller Fiction

Military History

Historic Fiction

Local Interest

Crime Fiction

Children’s Books

Craft

Fantasy

Cookery

Romantic Fiction

Reading or writing groups:

Are you a member of a reading or writing group? Then, send us your details and we will be happy to give your group a mention in next month’s column.

Want To Get Published?

Ever wanted to get published but groaned at the thought of publishing houses and disappointments? Well, think again! Many avid readers are also fantastic writers with a brilliant story to write. Yes, it has to be said that there is much talent out there for short stories, poetry, autobiographies and so on.

In future editions, Bookaholics` monthly column will include tips on how to get your works published.