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The Lark on the Wing
The Lark on the Wing
by Elfrida Vipont
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hasn't worn well, 12 Jun 2012
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I loved this book as a child - perhaps because I too wanted to be a singer. This time around I skipped over the tedious Quaker bits (by golly they're pious). They worry about the oddest things - should Milly wear a black dress that makes her look too "sophisticated"? Kit has lessons from a tedious character called Papa Andreas who won't let her "sing out" for ages, so she learns a lot of songs in her head (I don't think this would work). Spoiler alert - I think I always wanted Kit to marry Felix. The only scene that comes alive, and which I remember most clearly, is when Kit gets a job singing in a seafront cafe for a week during her holidays. She gets on well with the "common" girls who form a trio and play Gilbert and Sullivan, and they advise her to sing more sentimental songs in a sugary way. She does, and gets applause (her own choice is, as you can imagine, relentlessly high-minded). But then shock! horror! some of her Quaker acquaintances come in for a cup of tea. They react almost as if she has gone on the streets.

As in a Bunty or Judy story (girls comics from the 50s/60) she swiftly gets heard by people who can offer her engagements, winter seasons and a gig singing some religious extravaganza in a local cathedral. She does brilliantly of course. And then she marries the bloke who is always telling her off and was so appalled at her singing in the cafe.

I wish there was a sequel in which she runs off and lives in sin with Felix and sings with a dance band.


How to Meet Cute Boys
How to Meet Cute Boys
by Deanna Kizis
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars You're all mean!, 2 Jun 2012
This review is from: How to Meet Cute Boys (Hardcover)
You're being a bit unfair, other reviewers. The magazine articles are the best thing about this book. I am skimming through the rest which is at least witty and well-written, even if it treads familiar ground. I have already found some nuggets of wisdom:

The problem with an enlightened approach to sex is you're probably sleeping with a guy and have no idea if he's your boyfriend.

I couldn't work out what people who weren't in a relationship did with their spare time.

It must look like a chance encounter. I mean, any guy who sees a girl walking purposefully towards him at a party will probably think she's either desperate or a crazy person.

I figured it was too soon to introduce him to Mother - that would seem too couple-y.

Yes, modern life is great, isn't it? For those born after 1980, it's been like that since about 1970. The 60s did away with formality and etiquette, leaving us with - confusion.


The Harp and the Oak
The Harp and the Oak
by HUGH MASSINGHAM
Edition: Hardcover

2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting to the sociologist, 4 May 2012
This review is from: The Harp and the Oak (Hardcover)
A WWII refugee settles in an English village and tries to revive his idea of "English village life". He is thwarted by the local people who are happy with things as they are. Perhaps a parable about earnest middle class people who try to revive local customs.


Bleak House: Premium Edition (Unabridged, Illustrated, Table of Contents)
Bleak House: Premium Edition (Unabridged, Illustrated, Table of Contents)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just love this book, 23 Mar 2012
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I'm rereading Bleak House in a Kindle edition, but it doesn't have all the pictures, and those it does have are too small to show the detail. Hablot K. Browne (Phiz) was SUCH an artist. People criticise Dickens for being too long and wordy (and "using too many adverbs" - yes, really!). Just remember that he was writing in instalments. In each episode he has to hint at the mystery and drop some clues. He also has to do a "new readers start here" and tell you who the characters are. This makes it a little repetitious at times. I "get" Mr Skimpole and I can see why he's there in the story, but I can't bear to read every word of his effusions. He is such a PITA! I also get a little tired of the Bagnets - they are just a bit too good. However I can't get enough of Mr George, and Mr Guppy and his mates Tony and Chick. And as somebody said, this is a book about London. And the dramatic bits grip every time. (After the book's publication, the Chancery system was "shaken up" and reformed.) PS Dickens was funny. ;-)


The Complete Short Stories
The Complete Short Stories
by Noel Coward
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and poignant, 5 Mar 2012
Brilliant, wonderful - especially "Me and the Girls" which was televised with Nicola McAuliffe and Tom Courtenay. The only man in a travelling troupe of singers and dancers is struck down with stomach cancer on the road, and reviews his past life, his love for another man and his deep affection for his leading lady. In another story a woman in love with a younger man buys a huge green bottle of cheap scent to cover for the fact that she is hanging about in front of his house.


Kon-Tiki and I
Kon-Tiki and I
by Erik Hesselberg
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Adored it as a child, 3 Feb 2012
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I read and re-read this book, along with worthier tomes with titles like The World About Us (fantastic art by Chesley Bonestell and others). If you love art, science, humour and the natural world this is for you. Must buy a copy. I remember the bit about the friendly (but vaaaaaaast) whale shark.


Mr. Moto's Last Warning [DVD]
Mr. Moto's Last Warning [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Lorre
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best in the series, 21 Jan 2012
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Spoiler alert! Peter Lorre made an interesting and attractive character out of John P. Marquand's Japanese detective. The kind of man you underestimate until it's too late. This is one of the best in the series. Moto is saddled with an idiotic sidekick, but said sidekick manages to clown not too badly. The settings are seedy, the other characters intriguing, especially John Carradine in a white suit. The usually suave George Sanders is saddled with a terrible accent. Don't buy this a single, though - the transfer quality is terrible.


BIGGLES IN THE BALTIC
BIGGLES IN THE BALTIC
by W.E. Johns
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Ripping yarn, 9 Jan 2012
This review is from: BIGGLES IN THE BALTIC (Paperback)
This is the only Biggles book I have ever read, aged about 8. I was quite baffled by all the flying and war stuff but loved it anyway. There's a sidekick called Ginger and a middle-aged batman who keeps starting long stories "I remember, sir, when I was in Egypt..." He's a devout coward but of course he turns out to be as brave as the others. Biggles battles his arch-foe, Von Strumpfhose (or something). They both get shot down, and Biggles courteously hands Von Thing his silk vest to wipe the oil out of his eyes. Ripping!


The Soul Of Kindness (VMC)
The Soul Of Kindness (VMC)
by Elizabeth Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flora knows what's best for everybody, 13 Dec 2011
And somehow her friends' lives just rot away under her influence. Elizabeth Taylor is so subversive! You expect to be introduced to a set of characters who are all meeting challenges - surely the story will be how they overcome those challenges? Not a bit of it. Spoiler alerts... Flora encourages a woman to waste her life in a hopeless love for a gay man, while caring for her brother who - in Flora's opinion - is too good-looking and special for a proper job. I have an awful feeling that even Liz the artist is destroyed by Flora in the end. Must read it again.

She is very good on ambience and depressing dates in dreary self-service restaurants. We've all been there!


Merde Actually
Merde Actually
by Stephen Clarke
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 5.24

4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and well written, 18 Nov 2011
Barry Mewha - do you really think Bill Bryson doesn't make things up?

This is a great book, even funnier than the first. The writer is very observant and has a witty turn of phrase. I loved the bit about the Ile de Re and the competitive snobbery over who has the oldest bicycle and the shabbiest shutters. A perfect portrait of rich holiday makers dressing like poor shrimp fishermen.

You just have to look past the farcical incidents, and all that stuff about sex and getting drunk. I suppose it'll appeal to a "younger audience", but couldn't we agree a moratorium on making cheap jokes about alcohol? Though I have to say he doesn't make it sound appealing.

But a writer who is witty and can spot the difference between the snobbish French and the snobbish English and all shades in between is one to cherish.

Soooo not a book group novel!


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