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Everlasting Lane
Everlasting Lane
by Andrew Lovett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Glories and worries of childhood, 21 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Everlasting Lane (Paperback)
Everlasting Lane is a story about a boy who is nine, or is he ten? His world is turned upside down and he finds himself in a village where there are new friends to be made and new adventures to be had. It is a story of childhood excitements where the magic of invention and imagination can take you anywhere. But it is also about those moments when you realise that as you get older you have to live with choices and consequences. The story is well written, with a good sense of place and moment.


What the River Washed Away
What the River Washed Away
by Muriel Mharie Macleod
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read, 24 Jun. 2013
A compelling story about a family, in particular a mother and daughter, together coming to terms with what makes them strong. At the heart of the story is the vile evil of adult men raping young girls, which makes this an uncomfortable read. Set in 1920's Louisiana there is a great sense of place and detail, from Mambo's Voodoo rituals and insights to Errol's cooking repertoire to how to buy a party dress with little money in a segregated society. But, based on fact, it is also ultimately a story of strength and friendship and love.


The Tennis Partner
The Tennis Partner
by Abraham Verghese
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Nature of friendship, 20 May 2013
This review is from: The Tennis Partner (Paperback)
One of the themes of this book that has stuck with me is the evolving nature of friendship - how friends can be both more and less than you'd imagined when you first meet, and how one behaves as a friend oneself. A book to make one reflect a long time after finishing the read.


White Goddess, The
White Goddess, The
by Simon Gough
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heat remembered, 12 Sept. 2012
This review is from: White Goddess, The (Paperback)
In "The White Goddess: an encounter" Simon Gough talks about "writing my way back into the past, racing against time to unearth it before it buried me forever". This story is about a man remembering his youth and adolescence spent with his Grand-Uncle, Robert Graves. The beauty and heat of Deya, Majorca provide a vivid backdrop for childish games and tricks; sun-baked lunches with poets and writers; and the agonies of love unrequited and capricious muses. The character of Graves dominates many of the relationships - but doesn't over-whelm. Gough is there too and you feel for his vulnerable youth. There is also room for dogs, donkeys and lizards. In some ways the White Goddess herself remains the most elusive.
This is a long book, but one that beckons you on and leads you to want to know more - about Graves, about muses and about what happened to Simon next.


12 Books That Changed The World
12 Books That Changed The World
by Melvyn Bragg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking snapshots, 13 April 2007
Previous reviewers having been so negative thought it worth pointing out the Bragg doesn't pretend this selection is anything other that a personal choice. I think he justifies the "books" fairly well and I enjoyed the snapshot way they were presented. I am unlikely to ever read all of them in full, in the original, so enjoyed the chance to skim through some Newton, Faraday and Stopes inter alia.


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