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Ma Polinski's Pockets

Ma Polinski's Pockets [Kindle Edition]

Sara Sheridan
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Intrigue, adventure and a stack load of cash

Rachel White, a young archaeologist, is left a mysterious legacy of £8 million by an old lady she met in Edinburgh when she was a child. Setting off to discover why, she rocks her stable existence and uncovers secrets about her mother's experiences as a 5 year old in a concentration camp in WWII. What made Ma Polinski leave Rachel everything and will what she finds set her and her family free?

From the Author

Intrigue, adventure and a stackload of cash
I decided to write this book when I met a guy who fought in the Resistance during the second world war. The stories he told me made my heart pound and afterwards I began to think about how history can effect your life. I thought it was a really interesting idea and I decided to write this book about it.

Rachel White, the main character inherits £8 million from Ma Polinski and goes off to try to find out why. Her questions have her unearthing skeletons in her own family's closets and chasing ghosts across post war Europe.

I decided to write the book in the first person because I liked the way it made the story very immediate and allowed the reader to really go on Rachel's adventure with her. A lot happens in the book, some of it quite dark and serious, some of it far lighter. Rachel falls in love, fights with her family, goes shopping and discovers some of the skeletons she unearths have very sharp teeth. Once or twice when I was writing it I found myself sitting up in bed at night, wondering what that noise was.

I'm pleased with the story and I did enjoy writing it a lot. I hope you enjoy reading it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 346 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057X5GMC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,183 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"History is a treasure chest which contains not only facts and figures, archive material and artefacts but stories. I love the stories."
Sara Sheridan was born in Edinburgh and studied at Trinity College, Dublin. She works in a wide range of media and genres. Tipped in Company and GQ magazines, she has been nominated for a Young Achiever Award. She has also received a Scottish Library Award and was shortlisted for the Saltire Book Prize. She sits on the committee for the Society of Authors in Scotland (where she lives) and on the board of '26' the campaign for the importance of words. She's taken part in 3 '26 Treasures' exhibitions at the V&A, London, The National Museum of Scotland and the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. She occasionally blogs on the Guardian site about her writing life and puts her hand up to being a 'twitter evangelist'. From time to time she appears on radio, most recently reporting for BBC Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent. Sara is a member of the Historical Writers Association and the Crime Writers Association. A self-confessed 'word nerd' her favourite book is 'Water Music' by TC Boyle.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing premise 9 Jun 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it in almost one sitting. I know Edinburgh well but haven't lived there for years. This book brings the city to life, indeed all the settings, including Glasgow and Italy are authentic. The characterisations are very good. I can believe the plot, despite the clandestine disinterment of a body. Rachel is seen as separate from her family in many ways. Her familial disinheritance, and then subsequent inheritance from Ma Polinski accentuate this. I wanted to understand more about why Rachel's family treated her the way they did, but I don't feel that this was fully explained. Perhaps it isn't something that can be.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Cheryl M-M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I am not sure what I was expecting based on the title, but it sure wasn't the great story I have just read.
The introspective thought put into how a survivor feels and deals with the aftermath of the Holocaust. I have never given much thought to how it must be for the partner of a survivor if they themselves were never in that situation. Having to live with the memories and the haunting, despite never having lived through them.

The story has us follow the daughter of such a survivor, who inherits from a person she barely knows. This in turn sends her on a search for answers.It shows us the strained relationship the main character has with her parents, their unwillingness to let her go and her need for independance.
The author manages to bring to light the fact that Holocaust denial is rife in our day and age.Unfortunately those that voice these lies are allowed freedom of speech. She allows give us an insight into how these traumatic events follow those that have experienced them and their family members, for many years.
It should never be forgotten.
I do agree that there are some minor typos and some factual research is incorrect. This didn't, for me at least, deter from the fact it was a good story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a gem !! 19 Jun 2012
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Downloaded this as although free I was intrigued by the reviews and background of the story.
I only started reading this last night and couldn't put it down and must admit I ended up having a very late eve !! I really didn't want the story to end, although It has to be said it does end quite quickly which is a shame, however I won't tell the tale as you should read it for yourself but I can guarantee you will still enjoy it.
My only critisism is the 'typos' which did get on my nerves..1 instead of I throughout the book and words joined together or placed where they dont belong, however please don't let that put you off what is in the main a really enjoyable read.
Now looking for my next Sara Sheridan book to get stuck into !!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unconvincing 22 Jan 2013
By Bee of Good Cheer VINE VOICE
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Rachel White mysteriously inherits a fortune from a woman she knew as a child.

Of course, she sets out to find why, and uncovers secrets, lies and raises long buried ghosts.

Set in Edinburgh, the book wasn't gripping enough for me, and I found the motivations unconvincing throughout.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor, difficult to believe 28 Dec 2013
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I am baffled by the good reviews this book has received. My view is that it is poorly written and the story is fluffy. Apart from inheriting money, virtually nothing happens for the first 50-60% of the book and then the main character does ridiculous things and not only does nobody try to stop her, they collude with her. She takes her extreme actions on the strength of a chat with a woman she has never met before whom she knows can be economical with the truth. Even though she meets somebody else who had a good opinion of the villain of the piece, she continues her quest.
A few questions:
What evidence does she have that he murdered his wife? Why does her benefactor not leave half her money to the brother? What does her mother finally tell her that she did not know about? Why does she never ask herself why the villain did what he did? And for pity's sake, when her mother vomits on hearing about her inheritance and cries out, "How, how could she?", when her father tells her that her benefactor was a coward who knew all along that her husband was a devil incarnate and protected him, why does she not for one second think of throwing the money in the bottom of the river?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and revealing 23 April 2013
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Unlike any book I have read in recent years. A haunting story of a lost life damaged by shame of the war. Revealing in gaining an understanding of the truth allowing a young life to mature and past demons put to rest.
Well written and worthy of full five stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ma Polinski's Pockets 8 July 2012
By alan
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A narrative driven story which I felt was fresh and well written, if a little implausible in parts. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found I couldn't wait to get back to it. As another reader mentioned, the book was peppered with minor typos but while slightly irritating, they weren't enough to put me off reading it. Excellent story and I found the descriptions of life in the death camps incredibly moving.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting story line 20 Jan 2013
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I thought the plot lost it's way towards the end. I wasn't sure how much I liked the characters and I don't mean the villain.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Started well, then tailed off
I enjoyed the start of the book but then it began to lose credibility for me and I won't be reading it again. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Babs
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings
I was looking forward to this book because it was based in Edinburgh but the story became very unbelievable at times.
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really loved this story - it had a beginning, a middle and an end; an end which kept you guessing all through the book.
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Published 12 months ago by chrissy
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but superficial
A fairly easy read with some interesting twists and surprises. It did, however, feel a bit superficial, and with only a few exceptions stayed at one emotional level throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing title
I hadn't read this author before but I certainly will again. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Even though it is quite long it isn't padded out with either boring detail or tedious... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Summer read
This was the first book by this author I have read. I enjoyed it as it was easy Summer reading with a twist as the story unfolded. Read more
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This is the second book written by Sara Sheridan that I've read recently and I really enjoyed it. It is what I call an easy read without needing too much concentration, and I would... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars Ma Polinski's Pockets
Have had this one on my Kindle for a while, and have just got around to reading it. Great book, hard to put down, will be looking to read more from Sara Sheridan.
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