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The House on Paradise Street
The House on Paradise Street
by Sofka Zinovieff
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing read, 7 Mar. 2012
Having been a big fan of "The Red Countess", I was really looking forward to Sofka Zinovieff's first novel. I was not disappointed. "The House on Paradise Street" is a great read: well written, strong characters and set during a turbulent period of Greek history which has disturbing parallels with what is happening right now on the streets of Athens. The writer's understanding of the Greek culture and way of life comes through every page but it is the story - and in particular the relationship between the two sisters - that grips you and, in my case, had me scurrying home from an event so that I could find out what happened in the end. If you enjoyed Victoria Hislop's "The Thread", you will love this book.

Wild Coast: Travels on South America's Untamed Edge
Wild Coast: Travels on South America's Untamed Edge
by John Gimlette
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More like a novel than a travel book, 3 Mar. 2011
A fascinating journey through South America's Wild Coast. Seldom explored, this is a land of forests and rivers where nine tenths of the inhabitants live in a narrow strip along the coast. As he travels from Guyana (formerly British Guyana, through Suriname (formerly Dutch Guyana) to French Guyana, Gimlette introduces us to a rich cast of characters, past and present. We meet outlaws, Amerindian hunters, runaway slaves and Marxist dictators. We retrace the progress of a Georgian slave revolt, discover a French penal colony, and revisit Jonestown where in 1978 over 900 Americans committed suicide. Gimlette's writing is meticulously researched, fluent and rich in detail. Often Wild Coast reads more like a novel than a travel/history book. My favourite parts are where Gimlette allows himself to become part of the story he tells, often with hilarious results.
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