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Toast [DVD]
Toast [DVD]
Dvd ~ Freddie Highmore
Price: £6.59

34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you not love someone who makes you toast?, 25 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Toast [DVD] (DVD)
A beautiful piece of film indugence. From its warm, retro soundtrack, supplied courtesy of Dusty Springfield's songbook, to its technicolour perfection, this is a beautiful, lovingly shot adaptation of Nigel Slater's early years.
The casting is spot-on, and the whole has an intelligent feel to it. Without giving the game away, there is some very clever camera imagery at work when Mrs Potter is busy scrubbing, hoovering and polishing her way into the Slater household.
Feel-good viewing, with some heart-wretching moments (but then, that's life, isn't it?), the whole has a the feel of one of those perfect summer days from long ago - with a lemon meringue pie cooling in the kitchen, of course! Watch, and allow yourself to be indulged.

Luke and Jon
Luke and Jon
by Robert Williams
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Simplicity, 25 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Luke and Jon (Paperback)
Sometimes you read a book that makes a profound impression upon you; maybe it's the spell cast by having just the right words on the page, or perhaps there is something in the text that reverberates within you. It is always the sign of a great author.
This is a novel about Luke and his father as they establish a new life in a northern mill town, it's about outsiders, new friendships, grandparents, bullying, illness and, of course, Jon.
Luke's story unfolds effortlessly, and many times the plot surprised me. In essence, the book is a myriad of seemingly unconnected events; woodcarving, death, moving house, alcoholism and fatal accidents, to name but a few. This is a deceptively simple story, told with the power of a confident, natural storyteller, that weaves its magic around the reader within a very short space of time.
No doubt others will be able to better express exactly what makes this book such a refreshing, unique and pleasurable read, but it will occupy its space on my bookshelf for a very long time to come. One thing is for sure; Mr. William's world really is a wonderful one, and I am eagerly awaiting his next novel. A hugely impressive debut novel.

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