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Iris and Ruby [Kindle Edition]

Rosie Thomas
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)

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Rich and alive with descriptions of the bustling streets of old Cairo, and the vast, foreboding desert surrounding it – ‘Iris and Ruby’ is a stirring story of mothers, daughters and the distance between three generations of one family.

Stiflingly quiet and claustrophobic, Iris Black's Cairo house is suddenly disturbed by the unexpected arrival of her troubled and wilful granddaughter, Ruby. Teenage Ruby has run away from England to seek solace with the grandmother she hasn't seen for many years. An unlikely bond is formed as the two open themselves up to one another.

Ruby helps Iris document her deteriorating memories of the glittering, cosmopolitan Cairo of World War Two, a time when she lost her heart to her one true love – the enigmatic Captain Xan Molyneux – and then lost him to the ravages of the war.

Iris’ early devastation shapes her own heart and that of her daughter and granddaughter in turn.- and leads the two women into terrible danger in the Egyptian desert.

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Praise for Iris and Ruby:

‘Thomas can write with ravishing sensuality.’ KATE SAUNDERS, The Times

‘Her evocation of the wartime [Cairo] has all the raffish, glittering brittleness of life on the edge… touches on the varieties and nuances of love betweeen men and women, and the power of family relationships to enhance and destroy lives.’ ELIZABETH BUCHAN, Daily Mail

‘Rosie Thomas is both a subtle and realistic author and her portrait of Iris is never less than absorbing.’ ELIZABETH BUCHAN, Daily Mail

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A stirring story of love, loss and the distance between three generations of one family.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 773 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (15 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z4QUYQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A most enjoyable book 15 May 2006
I've enjoyed most of the Rosie Thomas books I've read, but this is definately one of her best. It is has two story lines - Iris' great romance during the war and the current thread which relates to her granddaughter Ruby. It is very good on the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters and their unspoken expectations of each other. I also enjoyed the setting in Cairo, and the juxtaposiiton of the new and old.

A good and easy, but still intelligent read.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mmmm 31 Dec. 2006
By steph
Reading this book has been a rich and thought-provoking experience. For me it has been about memory, possibility, loss, purpose and people learning to love and accept each other and even themselves. This is all set against the two backdrops of wartime and modern Cairo vividly brought to life and intricately intertwined. A lovely book.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spectacular novel! 5 Nov. 2007
I have never read a Rosie Thomas book before. Now I am going to go out and buy all of them. Iris and Ruby is a spectacular romantic read about a doomed epic love that shaped a woman's life so proufoundly that even nearing death she clings to her memories of a bygone time and the life that should have been - telling her stories to her granddaughter, who absorbs them with a quiet fascination - the bond between them slowly growing to the heartbreaking end. Iris's story is told to her granddaughter who goes to Cairo looking for the grandmother she never knew, and finds a mesmerizing history that explains a lot about who she is and the family she has come from. I loved this book. I can't tell you how much. I cried to the point of howling tears at the end. Rosie Thomas is a truly gifted storyteller who weaves a description of wartime and modern day Cairo that unfolds colourfully before my eyes. Interestingly, the book is told in first and third person, switching often between the two. Yet the result is a captivating, because Thomas is such a skilled storyteller. I was so disappointed to get to the end. There are some books that are good but leave little impression, and then there are some books that we know we'll never forget - this is one of them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heroines you'll love! 28 Oct. 2009
By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER
As a fan of Rosie Thomas I didn't expect this book to disappoint and thankfully I was right; the amazing thing about Thomas is her ability to craft characters you'll remember and in this instance both Iris and Ruby stay with the reader for a long time afterwards.

Iris' backstory of war and lost love during WWII is contrasted with the appearance of her long-lost spunky teenage granddaughter Ruby unexpectedly visiting her in modern-day Egypt; the descriptions of frantic, bustling Cairo are just gorgeous and you can almost hear the hubbub of the traffic and smell the rich scents of the market. Rosie Thomas has an ability to conjur up imagery in her readers' heads that is just downright enviable!

This book had me hooked from the start and I was sorry to finish it as you really do become involved with both central characters. A truly wonderful read.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book 10 May 2006
I could not put this book down. Absolutely wonderful narrative, you feel like you are journeying along with the two women. I was really sorry to finish it and just felt that I had read something really special.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - Don't Miss It! 14 Aug. 2007
I really loved this book.

The writing is fantastic and you really can smell and feel the atmosphere of bustling Cairo.

There was not one dull moment and it is one of those books that you can't wait to read the ending but also sad that it has finished.
The characters are realistic, they are not always entirely lovable but this book really does make you consider and cherish your own family relationships.

This book lightened my life whilst I was reading it - thoroughly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I had never read anything by Rosie Thomas before reading this and was so glad that I discovered this book. Having just returned from a trip around Egypt, including a stay in Cairo, I was discussing the city and the changes people say they see in it with a friend. My friend had read this book almost by accident and passed it on to me. I had a rare weekend off with no plans so started reading this book on the Friday evening. As most other reviewers have found, you can put this book down once you start reading. I had finished it before returning to work on the Monday. It was stunning.

I love novels with a historical aspect and particularly love the way writers pick up on the nostalgia for the war years despite it being such a terrible time. This book contains many wonderful contrasts: old and young, then and now, memories and dreams. It is a lovely story about family relationships but without the usual "chick lit" cliches. It also contrasts old and new wonderfully, both in terms of people and places.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone. I am struggling to choose what to read next. Suggestions more than welcome!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take me back to Cairo!! 15 Feb. 2008
By S. Drew
As someone who has been to Cairo on several occasions and loves the place A friend recommended this as a possible read. I picked the book up and couldn't put it down. Life inconveniently kept getting in the way but I managed to read it in under a week, which is good for me. Now I have finished it I really want to read it all again. The authors story takes me back to modern Cairo with great accuracy but also gives me enough to conjure up what it would have been like back in War Time. They way the book is written made me believe in the characters and want to be more involved with them as the book progressed. It was not too slushy or to the other extreme too serious. It is not the kind of book I would usually have picked up by I recommend it to anyone who like me has a love of Eygpt, personal interest or just a damn good story!!
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