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An Unlikely Countess: Lily Budge and the 13th Earl of Galloway
An Unlikely Countess: Lily Budge and the 13th Earl of Galloway
by Louise Carpenter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well- researched, poignant tale, 4 Jan. 2013
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I lived for two years in the same community as Randolph Galloway and was extremely fond of him. I have two or three of his paintings, which are unique, and to me, quite beautiful.. Nobody who knows Randolph could fail to be moved by this book. It tells the story of how he and Lily Budge came together, which I did not know about except through hearsay when we lived in the community.( Certainly by that time Randolph and Lily were not together.)

Lily may have been unstable and unpredictable, but she clearly had a good heart, and Randolph needed that more than anything. His childhood must have been a complete nightmare for him - mainly because nobody could possibly understand the way he was experiencing and processing the world around him. Randolph was a sweet and eccentric person who almost certainly suffered from the hypersensitivity that comes with Aspberger's Syndrome. I was a bit worried that the author might not be accurate or respectful towards Randolph or his story, but I am very moved to see that she has captured his character and his manner of speaking so very well. I was also expecting that the book might not be very well written, but it is in fact, beautifully written and researched to the minutest detail.

Well done Louise Carpenter! Please read this lovely book if you want a story about meeting difference with tolerance,respect and appreciation.


Sparks Fly Upward
Sparks Fly Upward
by Allison Peterson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic, touching, and very funny ........., 20 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Sparks Fly Upward (Paperback)
Allison Peterson has written an account of her life that endears the reader to her immediately. And what a life! It's as good as any novel. This ruthlessly honest account of Allison's colourful journey pulls no punches. With some authors their autobiography represents a thinly-disguised attempt at self-aggrandisement through feigned humility and self-deprecation, and I don't often read them for this reason as I get irritated by the transparency of what they are doing.

However, a friend recommended this book to me and I thought I would give it a go. And I can genuinely say that it is full of personal integrity as well as being entertaining and funny.There is nothing self-indulgent or smug about the way Allison describes herself and her personality. In fact, it is quite the reverse - she often judges herself far more harshly than the reader does. The book moves at a cracking pace as Allison describes her childhood and family and moves on to describe her nursing training and subsequent career. Allison excels herself when describing her most important and influential relationships, both within her family, and with her various partners.

Many struggles are documented,as Allison describes the way she has always lived on the edge of conventionality, sometimes tipping entirely into the abyss when it comes to rule-breaking and risk-taking. However, it's not a 'sensational' story, it is reflective and profound, with large doses of ironic humour to sweeten the darker moments.

Eloquent, unpretentious,authentic, and altogether worth anybody's time and money!


Christianity Rediscovered
Christianity Rediscovered
by Vincent J. Donovan
Edition: Paperback

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant and humbling, 27 Jun. 2008
This book describes Vincent Donovan's personal spiritual journey with the Masai and is a rivetting read. Mission in its truest sense, where Donovan emptied himself of his own prejudices and allowed a free and honest dialogue with a deeply spiritual people. PLEASE READ IT - CHRISTIANITY AS IT SHOULD BE!


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