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The Book of Human Skin
The Book of Human Skin
by Michelle Lovric
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarrely Fascinating, 6 Dec 2011
This review is from: The Book of Human Skin (Paperback)
It was with heavy scepticism that I went on a friend's recommendation and read this. It probably takes a few chapters to 'get into' but once I was into it I could not put it down. It is utterly original, I've never read anything like this. Hysterically funny (albeit very dark humour) and stomach churningly exciting it was my surprise favourite of 2011.


News of a Kidnapping
News of a Kidnapping
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful, 6 Dec 2011
This review is from: News of a Kidnapping (Paperback)
News of a Kidnapping achieves what most non-fiction fiction books are not able to do; it is gripping, tragic and moving without deviating from fact. Telling the story of the kidnapping and release of several politically prominent figures in Colombia in the early 1990s by the Medellín Cartel (led by Pablo Escobar, one of history's most notorious drug lords) Marquez writes as though he's taking your hand and walking you through a real-life commentary of the event. He sticks to the facts without ever become detached from the human beings involved and the writing is so beautiful that it makes the sheer hopelessness of the scenario described more bearable. A masterpiece.


The Help
The Help
Price: 3.67

4.0 out of 5 stars Moving, but not maudlin, 6 Dec 2011
This review is from: The Help (Kindle Edition)
I loved The Help. It is a deeply moving tale of the enduring power of friendship & solidarity triumphing against hideous circumstances - but it somehow manages not to be a whingey 'Look at how hard we had it' tirade against the past. Stockett strikes a great balance with this one - deservedly a bestseller.


The Brightest Star in the Sky
The Brightest Star in the Sky
by Marian Keyes
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Keyes back on her best form, 27 Nov 2009
Absolutely glorious from start to finish. A fresh concept, fresh new set of characters and Marian back to writing the kind of heart-warming story that made us all fall in love with her in the first place. Sheer indulgent, girly pleasure. A winter 'must have'.


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