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The China Bird [Paperback]

Bryony Doran
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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Book Description

20 April 2009
Winner of the Hookline Novel Competition

Product details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Bookline & Thinker Ltd (20 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095556302X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955563027
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,405,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I was born in a Youth Hostel on Dartmoor and grew up in Cornwall. I studied Fashion at Manchester College, and later for an MA in Writing at Sheffield Hallam University. I have one son and live in Sheffield with my partner, who is also a writer.

If you would like to read more about me, my writing, the stories behind the stories and TO LISTEN TO MY READING OF THE FIRST CHAPTER OF THE CHINA BIRD AND A STORY FROM THE SAND EGG SHORT STORY COLLECTION
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Thank you to everyone who has left a review: it is much appreciated.


The China Bird has returned to its former plumage!


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Hovers like an insistent moth around the edges of your
consciousness, quietly insisting that you turn just one
more page.
--The Book Bag

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The China Bird was selected by book groups around the UK to win the Hookline Novel Competiton.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and unusual novel 8 Nov 2009
I really got drawn into this novel. It's about the relationship between a man with a deformed spine, who has lived a quiet and rather repressed life, with a talented female art student who asks him to model for her. As their relationship grows, it becomes more complicated. I recommend this book highly. Its characters are sensitively drawn, and the book handles potentially dark topics with a deft touch.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of the most sensitive and well-discoursed novels I have picked up in a age. After the first few short chapters the characters became unfeasably real, living in the imagination from the time the page closed until the next time it was opened. I found myself sharing in a world of sensitivity, honesty, and emotions struggling for expression, so beautifully crafted by this author.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this book 31 May 2009
The China Bird is an absolute page turner. The characters are so realistic you feel like you are really there with them. Set in the city of Sheffield it was great to read a book not set in Notting Hill. I did not want this book to end and when I did I cried. It's not often a book moves me to tears but this amazing tale did just that. I can't wait for the next book from Bryony Doran a gifted and unique storyteller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The China Bird 3 Sep 2009
This is an intricately plotted novel, whose characters stay in your mind long after you have finished reading. The book explores themes of acceptance and intolerance of difference and the damage caused by searching for unrealistic perfection. Ultimately optimistic, the story shows that with courage it is possible to open yourself up to new experiences at any stage of life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book I enjoyed - Buy the hard copy its better! 11 Nov 2013
By Oliver
This Novel really does draw you in. The story has some dark topics and these are handled really well by Ms Doran. Overall I found it to be very optimistic and, being a disabled person, shows that we should open ourselves to new experience. I enjoyed the Book - then I dowloaded the book from Amazon for Kindle and there are a few typing errors. Having already read the paperback, I know that these are not the authors problem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what an amazing book. 9 Oct 2013
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I first read this as part of a readers group reviewing it for a competition that Bryony had entered. I am glad to say she won with this harrowing tale of pain and sorrow of growing up with terrible secrets and a sense of not knowing who you are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally absorbing 24 July 2013
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I love this book. The writing is sublime. I bought it without any knowledge. On impulse and was drawn into its world. Read it in one sitting. Emotional and satisfying read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsively weird 24 Dec 2012
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Strange, compelling, astonishing tale of real people and their very unique lives. I couldn't put it down. Downside is I am worn out from lack of sleep!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Confusion reigns!
This is a curious book. The first few short chapters draw in the reader but thereafter it would be a good idea to list the characters, indeed, a map would be handy. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Diane Clifford
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicate
I loved this book, it reminds me so much of when I was at school, painting all day...It's deep and delicate, really original, I loved the style and the characters.
Published 8 months ago by red_feather
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
It was a nice story but I was left with a lot of questions that seemed to be given suggestions of being answered then just didn't. I feel like I've missed the point!
Published 8 months ago by Terry Sanderson
3.0 out of 5 stars A gentle read.
A gentle read. I found myself wondering what it was all about at first, loved the story and then found the end a little lacking. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kym Hamer
4.0 out of 5 stars LOVED (except for the ending)
I loved this book and was really drawn in to the characters and the story, couldn't wait to see how it developed. And then it ended. SO abruptly, without any kind of closure! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gemboo
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite.
An awkward subject written about with great sensitivity.At the same time other interesting stories are woven in.A wonderful book to read.
Published 15 months ago by Sue K
3.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive Writing
This story of a disabled man who models for a young woman artist is so sensitively written. The reason for three stars (and I was tempted with four) is that I felt the rest of the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sarah
3.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting ideas
An enjoyable read but the story frustrated me in parts - ends left hanging loose. Rachel was the most well drawn character in my opinion.
Published 17 months ago by Jennifer Gascoigne
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have read
This is such a thought provoking book it makes us question the way we look at people who are different from us and don't fit into the supposedly normal perfect image we like to... Read more
Published 18 months ago by TIZYER
1.0 out of 5 stars Indifferent
I had to finish the book but feel nothing for it. Can't say if I liked it or not ......Indifferent
Published 18 months ago by Debbie
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