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Gillespie and I
Gillespie and I
by Jane Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars engrossing, 20 Oct 2012
This review is from: Gillespie and I (Paperback)
This novel has the rich, authentic feel of a memoir. The author has researched the period and the locality thoroughly and it gave me great pleasure to imagine Glasgow in an earlier era inhabited by her intruiging cast of characters.

I think Jane Harris is a gifted writer and I very much look forward to her next book.


My Week With Marilyn
My Week With Marilyn
by Colin Clark
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars how the other half live, 6 Oct 2012
This review is from: My Week With Marilyn (Paperback)
The first section of this book is a fascinating and beguiling insight into the life of a wealthy and well connected young man. The involvement of Monroe is almost secondary to the consumate ease with which life flows when one is born well.

The second part of the novel is a let down since it is a rehash of the first part combined with a frankly ludicrous account of the author's fling with Monroe. It reads like a very poor film script and stretches credulity to breaking point.


Big Breasts, Wide Hips
Big Breasts, Wide Hips
by Mo Yan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.50

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bravo, 20 Sep 2012
This review is from: Big Breasts, Wide Hips (Paperback)
Mo Yan is a master storyteller. With laconic and lyrical aplomb he presents a complex and gripping tale of China's political and cultural upheavals during the last century from the perspective of one female dominated family.

Every page is filled with drama and revelation and it is most definitely the type of novel that one does not want to finish. An exceptional book.


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5.0 out of 5 stars mesmerising, 28 Aug 2012
Oates is one of our finest authors and this book is an excellent example of the themes which she frequently revisits in her work.

It is the story of a successful woman desperately trying to outrun her brutal and shameful start in life in order to find a safe place where she can live at peace with herself.


The Gathering
The Gathering
by Anne Enright
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars dark and bittersweet, 23 Aug 2012
This review is from: The Gathering (Paperback)
I enjoyed this book and found it a pleasure to read. It is written in a stream of consciousness style and follows one woman's attempt to make sense of her and her family's lives by desperately searching her memory for the elusive clues.

The author has a warm wit and an inventive turn of phrase and writes with searing honesty and affection. The book is cleverly written and feels like a genuine memoir with vague twists and turns, contradictions and ultimately a reluctant acceptance of what is.


Portrait of a Lady [DVD]
Portrait of a Lady [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nicole Kidman
Price: 5.00

3.0 out of 5 stars better than the book but..., 21 Aug 2012
This review is from: Portrait of a Lady [DVD] (DVD)
Jane Campion's work is always thought provoking but in this instance John Malkovich and Richard E Grant should probably have swapped roles in order for this version of the story to make any sense at all. As it stands Malkovich is, as usual, the epitome of pure evil and our heroine, for all her apparent naivete, would surely run screaming in the opposite direction.


Generation F
Generation F
Price: 1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars the sword of truth, 21 Aug 2012
This review is from: Generation F (Kindle Edition)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has a hilarious, gossipy, salacious quality which forms a hugely entertaining counterpoint to the deadweight of torturous bureaucracy which is crushing the supported housing system.

In the UK we are probably all aware that the whole benefits system is outrageously unfair and this book provides an insiders guide to how hardworking tax payers money is showered on the undeserving.

Those who work in this field seem to be used by their paymasters with the utmost profligacy and it is clear that no sane healthy person could remain in this sector without suffering a mental collapse within a few short years.

It's heartening that the author got out with his gift for writing intact. As for those poor kids who are decent and worthy of a helping hand one can only pray that they escape too.


No More Tomorrows: The Compelling True Story of an Innocent Woman Sentenced to Twenty Years in a Hellhole Bali Prison
No More Tomorrows: The Compelling True Story of an Innocent Woman Sentenced to Twenty Years in a Hellhole Bali Prison
by Schapelle Corby
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars flyer beware, 14 Aug 2012
I must be one of the few people on the planet who hadn't heard of this women before reading her story.

Overall the book tells an extraordinary story but the repetitious descriptions of her emotions become mind-numbing and most of the photos show her looking radiant and happy which is completely at odds with the conditions described inside the prison.

The huge media interest in this case seems to have attracted a whole range of human predators and parasites who seem more poisonous and repugnant than those crawling on the floors of the cells.

This is a bewildering and chilling story which is a must-read for anyone about to jet off on holiday.


Trafficked: The Terrifying True Story of a British Girl Forced into the Sex Trade
Trafficked: The Terrifying True Story of a British Girl Forced into the Sex Trade
Price: 1.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a missed opportunity, 11 Aug 2012
I'm afraid I agree with every reviewer on here who says that this book is poorly written. It is repetitive and often boring - which is quite astounding when the subject matter is so shocking.

I feel that the reader and the whole issue of human trafficking could have been much better served by a book that was gripping and believable. Much more money and effort should have been spent on the quality of the writing.

Sophie's actions and motivations will probably be incomprehensible to most people and this is very frustrating for the reader. But this is real life and not the satisfying world of make-believe that we are spoon-fed by the movie industry.

Worth reading if only to alert other vulnerable young people to the dangerous world we live in.


The Garlic Ballads
The Garlic Ballads
by Mo Yan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful and brutal, 6 Aug 2012
This review is from: The Garlic Ballads (Paperback)
This is a awe-inspiring tale of life in communist China. The reader is taken on journey through a magnificent rural landscape which is home to the tenacious peasant farmers struggling to eke out a living despite the ever present indignities and hardships.

It is a beautiful and brutal story and as soon as it ended I immediately went in search of more by this fine author.


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