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Drowning in the Shallow End
Drowning in the Shallow End
by Charlie Mellor
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent memoir, 18 Mar. 2014
The book charts the origins of Charlie Mellor’s enduring obsession with the manipulative Pennie Fenton. Mellor was born into a world on the brink of global catastrophe and into a household characterised by mild religious tension - so it was perhaps inevitable that he would be end up being regarded as a slightly nervous lad with an unusual imagination. Numerous house moves and a couple of enforced periods of incarceration didn’t help matters, or the absurd encounters with two melancholy dwarves. Overlay this turbulent back story with a dark secret about a family member who could never be discussed and you begin to understand why Mellor was unknowingly drawn towards… unconventional relationships. The most dysfunctional of all these associations was the one he had with Ms Fenton. Mellor originally met her as an impressionable teenager, but got to know her much better during his twenties and thirties. Ominously, the first time they were introduced to each other he experienced an incredible sense of déjà vu, followed by an unstoppable nosebleed. Things went quickly downhill from there.

Fate conspired against him to ensure their paths crossed too many times to be able to forget his old flame. Every few years he would bump into her again in the unlikeliest of places. Each time he saw her he grew increasingly attracted to her corrupting ways. Ms Fenton managed to skilfully ingratiate herself with his wife and family and even persuaded Mellor to let her move into his spare room so that she could begin a duplicitous campaign to dismantle everything he held dear. It would take the advice of an ostracised friend, the love of a destructive daughter and an unambiguous threat from members of the criminal underworld for him to finally realise that he must extricate himself from her control. Ultimately, Drowning in the Shallow End is a story about the importance of free-will. A timely reminder that that no matter what happens to us in life, we can always turn it around. This is a heartfelt & well written memoir filled with moments of black humour. Highly recommended.
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Bowling Ball (Three Realistic Holes trilogy Book 1)
Bowling Ball (Three Realistic Holes trilogy Book 1)
Price: £1.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read with an unexpected ending., 14 Feb. 2014
I found the book an addictive read. Despite being rather long in terms of the numbers of pages, the story moves at a good pace and kept me wanting to read on. It didn't take me very long to finish it.

The three main protagonists are extremely real and believable. As a couple of other reviewers have already mentioned the author seems to have a real skill for bringing his characters to life. There was definitely some similarities between Chaz Nisbet and Begbie from Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting – but perhaps that is a bit of of unfair comparison given how famous the latter became because of the resulting film. I guess the comparisons are to be expected since both books are both set in Scotland.

Anyway, I am extremely glad I discovered this author and Bowling Ball and cannot wait for his sequel which I understand is called Sideways Movers.


Life... With No Breaks
Life... With No Breaks
by Nick Spalding
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Soiler Alert, 16 Dec. 2013
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Part of the appeal has to be that this was written in just one sitting - quite a feat for a novice author, the other attraction has to be that there are some very funny moments in this book. Notwithstanding the unfortunate 'soiling' incident at the party (spoiler or soiler alert?), Spalding is not afraid to expose his many quirks. Reminded me a bit of Charlie Mellor's book which also contains lots of observational humour, although Life With No Breaks is much lighter in its themes. Worth a read.


Life... On A High
Life... On A High
by Nick Spalding
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Second Helpings, 3 Dec. 2013
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If you liked the first book, this one will not disappoint. I like Spalding's breezy style and conversational style. He does include a few confessional tales again - although not as many as his first book some of which had me in stitches. I've not yet read his latest couple of novels, although am enjoying Drowning in the Shallow End which is also full of black humour. Easy to read and keeps your interest.


Christmas with The Alexanders: The Alexanders, Book 3.5
Christmas with The Alexanders: The Alexanders, Book 3.5
Price: £0.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confused, 30 Nov. 2013
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Didn't realise this wasn't a stand-alone read, was intrigued because I know the author a little so was looking forward to settling into a new story. Looks like I will need to back-track a little first.


So Long, Marianne
So Long, Marianne
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Price: £3.83

4.0 out of 5 stars Reliable, 30 Nov. 2013
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This is a good low cost introduction to the marvelous Mr Cohen. The price seems to have gone up a bit on Amazon, but if you can still get it for under £4 its definitely worth getting. Less comprehensive that the Greatest Hits package, but a little cheaper. Just a shame it doesn't have the sublime Famous Blue Raincoat on it.


Faithfull
Faithfull
by Marianne Faithfull
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected, 30 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Faithfull (Paperback)
This book was really entertaining. Well written and intelligent, it made me dust down my copy of Broken English and start listening to her albums again. Less about the Stones than I expected, but this was because Faithfull has plenty more interesting things to talk about in her book. Well worth a fiver of anyone's money.


Buffalo HD-PZ1.0U3B-EU 1TB MiniStation Extreme 2.5" Inch External Hard Drive - Black
Buffalo HD-PZ1.0U3B-EU 1TB MiniStation Extreme 2.5" Inch External Hard Drive - Black
Price: £58.18

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product, 25 April 2013
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Brilliant product, like the fact it is robust, reliable and a cracking design. Integrated leads is helpful as too is the easy to use encryption. 2 Yr guarantee


Old Ideas
Old Ideas
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Be Patient, Its a Slow train Coming, 19 April 2013
This review is from: Old Ideas (Audio CD)
I have to say for the first few weeks I didn't get this album at all. I'm a big fan of LC, but this one didn't stack up, sounding more like he was writing his own obituary. However after some patience the richness of the songs comes through. Now I really like the album, my only gripe is the unimaginative cover !!


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