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Bad Doctor, The
Bad Doctor, The
by Ian Williams
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.49

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully observed, funny and poignant…., 22 Jun 2014
This review is from: Bad Doctor, The (Paperback)
I am fairly new to graphic novels and always worry I may not be reading them fully enough but this is a very humane, funny and poignant book. Beautifully observed and a beautiful physical object (as good to have and hold as to read) it delivers snapshots of the life or small-town GP and the steady cycle of pensioners with their grumbles, real concerns and potentially life threatening conditions who are his patients. It's a claustrophobic world which Dr Iwan James seeks to escape by bike with his friends into a landscape which he can never quite separate "from the misery and suffering of my patients." No more can he separate his past; a troubled childhood continues to haunt him as much as his patients do. But doctor of the title is essentially a good man and the book is ultimately uplifting.


The Sin Eaters: Supernatural Tales of Mystery and Suspense
The Sin Eaters: Supernatural Tales of Mystery and Suspense
Price: £2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enticing read, 2 April 2014
Haunting tales of haunted people set against the mystical backdrop of rural Wales. Gwyneth Edwards draws you into her world and keeps you awake at night! A wonderful collection of stories and strange happenings.


Back to Creative Writing School
Back to Creative Writing School
Price: £1.70

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and entertaining, 11 Nov 2013
Don't be put off by the title! Bridget Whelan has an instinctive feel for the craft of writing and a genuine love of words and literature which she imparts in a way that makes learning how to write a truly joyful and rewarding experience.


Swimming Pool Summer
Swimming Pool Summer
by Rebecca Farnworth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suggest you dive in!, 27 Aug 2013
This review is from: Swimming Pool Summer (Paperback)
It's inviting this book - makes you want to dive in, immerse yourself in the fluid prose, hold your breath as the characters begin to make waves... Things are not going to go swimmingly...
Ok so enough Swimming Pool puns... This is a lovely book. Three friends, all guarding a secret, take off for a holiday on a Greek Island - against the backdrop of blue skies, azure seas, general all round enviable setting, these three very real and recognisable characters find themselves treading water in the deep end. Will they sink or swim?


A Place of Blood and Bone
A Place of Blood and Bone
by Mark Peterson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.10

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark and disturbing read, 28 May 2013
A gripping, chilling and disturbing crime novel which explores not only the underbelly of Brighton, as the local police try to get to grips with a series of horrific murders, but also the unsettling complexities of the human brain and how it is capable of dictating the movements of the body. The crimes in this book are horrific, the motivations of the people behind them equally so. Peterson portrays both the police officers who have to deal with the worst aspects of human nature and the mental health issues they encounter whilst doing so with insight and understanding which adds new depth to the contemporary crime novel.


Dot
Dot
by Araminta Hall
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.53

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A contemporary classic, 28 May 2013
This review is from: Dot (Hardcover)
A beautifully written quirky novel about friendship, growing up, love, family, identity and loss. A sympathetic and humorous aaccount of growing up in bizarrely eccentric family which nevertheless will resonate with anyone who has a family and has grown up.
I was by turns moved to smile, to laugh, to question and to cry. It reminded me a little of When God Was A Rabbit and deserves to be equally successful.


After Phoenix
After Phoenix
Price: £4.11

5.0 out of 5 stars A great read from a real find of an author, 17 Mar 2013
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This review is from: After Phoenix (Kindle Edition)
I read Martine McDonnagh's last novel as I am fan of dystopian fiction and was told about it (I Have Waited and You Have Come). I loved it and expected to, as I love the genre. I was therefore curious when I saw the author had another book out and bought it.
This is a very different novel, not the sort I would usually read but I was gripped from start to finish. I Have Waited was
survival post climate change apocalypse, whereas after Phoenix is about surviving the death of a family member. The settings are very different - a future Mancunian landscape v Bristol area in the seventies but the way McDonnagh's handles the descent into madness of the protagonists is adept, harrowing and moving in both.
Can't wait to read her next novel - whatever subject she tackles I am sure she will do it with the insightful brilliance she has shown in both she has written so far.


The 5:2 Diet Book:  Feast for 5 Days a Week and Fast for 2 to Lose Weight, Boost Your Brain and Transform Your Health
The 5:2 Diet Book: Feast for 5 Days a Week and Fast for 2 to Lose Weight, Boost Your Brain and Transform Your Health

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Also good for non dieters, 3 Dec 2012
I stumbled across this book as I was looking to see when Kate Harrison's latest young adult novel would be with us, opened it out of interest and carried on reading.
It's written in her usual lively, entertaining and informative style, with lots of personal anecdotes and practical advice on how to follow this diet but what interested me most was the health benefits this system of eating brings with it.
Not everyone needs or wants to lose weight but I do want to avoid diabetes, various cancers and dementia and there is plenty of food for thought here too.
As Kate points out modern man has developed a strange relationship with food, this book steers people towards rebalancing that relationship in a way which might just benefit everyone, not just those seeking to lose weight.


J.J. Waller's Brighton: Volume 1
J.J. Waller's Brighton: Volume 1
by J.J. Waller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Brighton!, 1 Dec 2012
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JJ Waller's Brighton is an entertaining series of snapshots of life in the City which perfectly captures it's "anything" goes modus vivendi. Where else would you find nudists ordering from a seafront cafe, alongside a group of senior citizens having a cuppa, or the Queen and Prince Philip selling oysters? Every picture grabs your attention and reflects the vibrancy of the city itself - a place where buskers can play without a licence, residents swim in the sea on Christmas Day and a dog regularly skateboards through the North Laine. The introduction tells us the man who captured city life in all its forms was once a street performer and it shows - he grabs your attention even with the more reportage style shots showing the newly installed statue of local Olympian Steve Ovett, alongside a severed bronze foot - all that remains of a former statue stolen from another part of Brighton. Quotes from well known Brighton dwellers, like Lynne Truss and Julie Burchill as well a a cleaner, publican and the local MP give the book an added edge and interest.
It caught my eye in a Brighton bookshop i and I bought two copies as Christmas presents - having had a peak, I want one too!


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