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The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
by Maggie O'Farrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars what a find, 20 Jun. 2013
I came to this book having just finished Instructions for a heatwave by the same author ,I was not disappointed This is a well written novel which takes us into the lives of Iris Lockhart and the aunt she did not know she had Esme Lennox. Iris is a modern independent woman living her own life with few if any family ties. Esme Lennox has spent the greater part of her life in a psychiatric institute (There are some wonderful names for this place not all politically correct) It is very interesting to read this book having read Sebastian Barry's `The secret scripture' which also deals with a woman locked up in a Looney bin for a long time (oops I've done it too) There is a great difference in style in the two books neither style is better they are just suited to different mindsets.
Once again we have great characters; Iris is the weaker of the two principal protagonists. We have a story which unfolds dragging us in unwittingly .I think I may have found another great author


Instructions for a Heatwave
Instructions for a Heatwave
by Maggie O'Farrell
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great introduction, 20 Jun. 2013
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This was a book club choice and it was excellent. This is the story of an Irish father who disappears one morning in the middle of a heatwave. The grown children of the family return to help their mother come to terms with the disappearance. The three children all have their own problems, which become apparent as the story unfolds.
The characters are believable even if we could quibble about the route taken to the west of Ireland and the timescale. The dilemmas faced by the children are very interesting and we wonder how much they are formed by the time ,1970s and the family background. The story flowed easily and dragged us in with a lovely subtlety.
The greatest compliment I can pay to this book is that I immediately went out and got another book by the same author.


Sacred
Sacred
by Dennis Lehane
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Kenzie and Genarro at their best, 13 May 2013
This review is from: Sacred (Paperback)
A dying billionaire forces Kenzie and Genarro into searching for his missing daughter. We come across cults , religions, confidence tricksters, mobsters, and violence. Everything we have come to expect from these tales of Boston . This time we get a trip to Florida. The story is fast moving . The character's relationship develops. The book can be read as a stand alone story or as part of the series. All in all a good easy read,perfect for a holiday or a journey.


Childhood's End
Childhood's End
by Arthur C. Clarke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars a work of genius, 13 May 2013
This review is from: Childhood's End (Paperback)
This book was written in the early 1950s . It is the enthralling story of the invasion of the earth by a species called the overlords. The book follows a long period of interaction between them and Humankind.Along the way there are a lot of clever plot twists,and more than a few surprises. There are some very strong quastions about mans future evolution and the notion of faith and historic memory. A brilliant book with a lot to say.


Pints of Porter
Pints of Porter
by John B. Keane
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars this is so good, 7 May 2013
This review is from: Pints of Porter (Paperback)
This is a collection of John B Keanes essays. Every good Irish comic in the last fifty years owes a debt of gratitude to the writing of John B Keane. He was the originator of the laid back style of observational humour. There are proper laughs to be had from this collection. There are wry smiles and nods of the head to remembered past days and characters. The essays date from the late 50s and early 60s, they are not politically correct they are honest and not offensive. Black people are black , woman are talkative and men can be more than a little stupid. This brightened an otherwise rotten week.


The Long Fall: A Novel (Leonid Mcgill Mystery 1)
The Long Fall: A Novel (Leonid Mcgill Mystery 1)
by Walter Mosley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars a new hero, 7 May 2013
Walter Mosley has revealed a new hero. An easy Rawlings for today. A deeply flawed man with a history of bad deeds. However he is trying to get better. He cares for his kids of whom two are not his because his wife slept around. The story involves him finding four guys for a shady detective from Albany. The four men turn up dead Leonid is attacked himself and the story develops from there. It is well written, the dialogue is razor sharp and we are talking cut-throat razor here not a three blade plastic handled shaver for a woman's legs. The plot is complicated and not complicated like the feelings we have for ex girl friends. Enough of me trying out similes and images. This is a great story with a proper hero and there are at least three more to look forward to . Keep up the good work Walter.


The Best Of The Northern Soul Story
The Best Of The Northern Soul Story
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £11.46

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars very disappointed, 24 April 2013
This is supposed to be a taster album for the 'Northern soul story' collection of albums. It did not encourage me to check out any of the other albums in the series. I found the songs to be uninspiring. I am not an expert in this field I just found the rhythm to be too disco and missed the essential beat I normally find in Northern soul. Music is a very subjective matter of personal taste. This album just doesn't do it for me it's just another colection of mediocre soul songs. Yet another in an already crowded field.
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A Gun For Sale: An Entertainment (Vintage Classics)
A Gun For Sale: An Entertainment (Vintage Classics)
by Graham Greene
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars should be better known, 17 April 2013
This is an excellent book by Graham Greene.It deals with an assassin who kills a politician in what is clearly 1930s Britain. The problem arises when he is paid in stolen bills and is pursued by the Police for passing stolen currency. Raven , the assassin goes after the man who gave him the money . There in lies the story which reveals along the way poverty in England, sexual exploitation, war profiteering, the nature of love and forgiveness. There is a lot in this very small book , a lot to discuss the least of which is why did Greene introduce all these elements. This is so mch more than a murder story;it is an exploration of a sector of English society at the time. This book was written for it's time and for thse of us here 80 years later on it is a vivid picture of it's time...... It is also a good murder story which carries one along too.


Crimespotting: An Edinburgh Crime Collection
Crimespotting: An Edinburgh Crime Collection
by Irvine Welsh
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant collection, 16 April 2013
A great collection of crime short stories by some of Scotland's premier authors . They are all above average, which is very unusual in collections like this . To all publishers looking to produce a collection about a city this is the way to go. I started with Kate Atkinson's piece and was continually amused from there on. It has definitely pointed me towards a few new authors and back to some old friends


I Can't Stay Long
I Can't Stay Long
by Laurie Lee
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a little dated and only a little worse for that, 16 April 2013
This review is from: I Can't Stay Long (Paperback)
This is principally a collection of laurie Lees travel pieces for a number of magazines. It demonstrates the lyricism and poetic nature of Laurie Lee's prose. Reading these we have to remember they were written in another time perhaps 50 years ago, if they appear cliched perhaps they predate the cliche.
A lot has changed.
Concorde was new and now it's gone
Beirut has had a long running civil war which destroyed this paris of the levantine
Poland has left communism behind.
mass tourism has come to many of the place she discusses such as Ibiza, Ireland, the caribean islands, Tuscany and mexico.
Yet in this book we have a wonderfully evocative picture of a long gone world, If i had read his piece on trinidad at the time i would have emigrated there. His visions of the hills outside Sienna brought it all back to me.


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