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Icons of England
Icons of England
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5.0 out of 5 stars An anthology., 16 Oct 2014
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This book is not what I expected. If it says "by Bill Bryson" on the cover, not unnaturally one would expect it to be by Bill Bryson. In fact it's a collection of thoughts & remembrances about bits of England that appeal to different people & why, & it's really quite interesting what people feel the need to share with a complete stranger. Having said that, I really enjoyed the cricket story & would have liked a bit more on the Lincolnshire airfields, but as I live in Lincolnshire that's hardly surprising! A book to dip into, mildly entertaining in parts, but not one to keep forever.


Cotillion
Cotillion
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Georgette Heyer., 9 Oct 2014
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I have been a fan of Georgette Heyer's Regency Romances for more years than I care to remember and have read them all many times, but this one is my very favourite. It is light-hearted & funny, the good guy gets the girl eventually & Freddy is the most unlikely hero of them all. A great pool-side or bedtime book, undemanding & entertaining. Recommended.


Prince Charming: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story
Prince Charming: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story
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4.0 out of 5 stars A catalogued life., 2 Oct 2014
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Every second of every day in the life of this young man seems to have been catalogued by this author. No wonder he had a complex about the media. And yet I read it with interest, right to the end in every sense. His death was a tragedy for himself, his sister and wider family, and for his in-laws, who lost two daughters that day. They are surely the most unlucky family in history, whose untold wealth could not save them to live their lives. A sad, sad story.


Trains and Lovers: The Heart's Journey
Trains and Lovers: The Heart's Journey
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3.0 out of 5 stars A strange book., 12 Sep 2014
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Four strangers tell each other their life stories whilst on a train from Edinburgh to London. Very different lives, lived in different countries, told in an odd, disconnected way. I will probably not read this book again.


The Long Ride Home: The Extraordinary Journey of Healing that Changed a Child's Life
The Long Ride Home: The Extraordinary Journey of Healing that Changed a Child's Life
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5.0 out of 5 stars The healing continues., 21 Aug 2014
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The continuing healing of autistic Rowan makes a wonderful tale of the love Rupert & Kristen have for their boy, special in every way. This book takes the reader to a place of hope & inspiration, with gratitude that at last a way has been found to help children so badly affected through no fault of their own. When those who scoff at shamanism and natural healing understand that they know nothing, maybe this world will be a better place for all of us. Recommended.


The Horse Boy: A Father's Miraculous Journey to Heal His Son
The Horse Boy: A Father's Miraculous Journey to Heal His Son
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure inspiration., 16 Aug 2014
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There's no miracle cure for autism and it can affect any child in any family. The dedication and caring shown by Ru and Kristin to their lovely boy is truly inspirational. The dream trip to Mongolia is not for everyone, but they had the guts and belief to follow the dream & it paid off for Rowan. Recommended reading when inspiration is needed.


Shout At The Devil
Shout At The Devil
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant tale., 26 July 2014
One of the best from Wilbur Smith, this is a book of two halves. The first is funny, relatively light-hearted and somewhat superficial. The second half is deadly serious under the occasional humour, a tale of revenge set in the mangrove swamps of East Africa which enthralls and holds your attention. Most enjoyable and highly recommended if you like your war stories with a bit of a twist. A brilliant read.


That Kennedy Girl
That Kennedy Girl
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2.0 out of 5 stars A strange book., 19 Jun 2014
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The Kennedys have always been a tragic family, so much promise cut short without fulfilling their destiny, & Kick was no exception. A sad story, not particularly well told. The author writes as if she were there all the time, & the characters make speeches to each other. I don't think I'll be reading this again.


Croissants and Jam (a romantic comedy)
Croissants and Jam (a romantic comedy)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very predictable tosh., 13 Jun 2014
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This story was quite amusing but really predictable from the time Bels met Christian on the plane. The only question was how many stupid situations they would get into before the final chapter, I did start to count but I lost the will to live half way through.
Why do some authors write a whole book in present tense? It's really annoying. I won't be reading any more of her books, and am deleting this one.


One Summer: America 1927
One Summer: America 1927
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4.0 out of 5 stars An informative & entertaining book., 11 Jun 2014
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Not the norm for Bill Bryson, but a good read nevertheless. I found the wealth of detail on the events of 1927 astonishing -who would have thought that so much happened in that year. I didn't understand a word of the baseball chapters, but I'm sure someone will! However, the story of Babe Ruth's exploits, both on and off the pitch, make today's "sporting heroes" seem a bit tame in comparison. Altogether an interesting, informative book, told with enough tongue in cheek to remind the reader that Bill Bryson reigns supreme. Recommended.


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