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Clara's Legacy
Clara's Legacy
by Katherine Hook
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.02

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable page-turner, 20 April 2014
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Can't wait for her next one! This is a lovely novel, haunted by a piece of choral music crossing the generations from the Warsaw ghetto to 21st century New York. It is a well researched, intricately plotted novel with strong visual contrasts, complex characters and compellingly memorable scenes. She does not shrink from the brutalities of the ghetto and while the text explores grief, sacrifice and challenging family secrets, it also celebrates love, the power of music and the vibrancy of the human spirit.


These Wonderful Rumours!: A Young Schoolteacher's Wartime Diaries 1939-1945
These Wonderful Rumours!: A Young Schoolteacher's Wartime Diaries 1939-1945
by May Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These Wonderful Rumours, 28 Dec 2012
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This was an absolutely delightful piece of social history, written with unselfconscious verve and wit. May Smith's humanity, intelligence and powers of observation shine through a wealth of fascinating wartime stories. May's self-irony is plucky rather than cynical, her narrative voice playful and mildly satirical and her energy is inspiring: she copes with classes of 47 children, evacuee families and nights alert in the cellar, yet still has the determination not to miss games of tennis, cultural lectures and trips to the flicks. Level headed and gossipy, she provides some farcically entertaining rumours, often finishing with 'sounds very far-fetched'. The sheer variety of tone makes it a good read: there are some graceful descriptive passages; brief self-flagellation for perpetually overspending on frocks and frivolities; waspishness against her ex, a social climbing clergyman who is marrying a hospital masseuse: 'I hope she massages all the Conceit out of him'; and nervous guilt about stringing along two attentive young men, before she can finally commit to the more intelligent, less devoted, Freddie.
The variety of tone also makes this suitable for genre or thematic based comparative coursework assignments for classes that can identify glimpses of astute social satire, analyse irony and are capable of handling 400 (swift-turning) pages.


Shirley (FLT edition) (Charlotte Bronte - FLT Classics Book 4)
Shirley (FLT edition) (Charlotte Bronte - FLT Classics Book 4)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loom-breakers, curate satire and love at last, 8 Dec 2012
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The feminine indepedence of this novel is astonishing considering the date and the insights and ideas are very thought provoking. Bronte's characters are thoroughly realistic, as always and the plot pretty fantastical but nonetheless page-turning. I didn't really like the experimental writing in different genres but it wasn't a large part of the text. It's such a beautifully imagined / documented world and so well written that I was absorbed for days after finishing it.


Heartstone (The Shardlake Series)
Heartstone (The Shardlake Series)
by C. J. Sansom
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.29

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartstone by C J Sansome, 23 Jan 2011
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Heartstone is the fifth book in the Shardlake series about a lawyer sleuth during the reign of Henry VIII. The whole series is very entertaining, convincingly evoking the times and using significant historical events e.g. the sinking of the Mary Rose, as important threads in the plot. The characters are enjoyable, well contrasted and largely credible and the plots splendid.

These are, however, page-turners rather than literature. Line by line the style can sometimes be a little clunky and the incorporation of period detail or source material is easily spotted and can lack finesse. The author does not plumb the depths of the human heart or make the reader a wiser person but that said, he does tell a very good tale, which can be read quickly for fun, and the books are also a satisfying length.


Selected Poetry (Oxford World's Classics)
Selected Poetry (Oxford World's Classics)
by William Wordsworth
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.56

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suitable for AS/A Level Students, 5 Nov 2010
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The text was as described. The paper is rather yellow but the print is clear. There isn't a great deal of space for personal annotations.

The notes are comprehensive and the right standard for AS/A Level. They provide sufficient detail for A grade candidates but a fuller introduction would have been welcome. (They would also need the Advertisement and Preface to the Lyrical Ballads from elsewhere.)

It's a good anthology.


That Hideous Strength (The Cosmic Trilogy)
That Hideous Strength (The Cosmic Trilogy)
by C. S. Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That Hideous Strength, 27 Dec 2009
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This book started slowly and was clearly of its own era but it became absolutely fascinating as I realised just how much the ideas and imagery had either influenced or were part of subsequent science fiction themes. It was very good on the analysis of character, relationships and motivation, had some splendid passages of philosophical thought and depiction of landscape. Anyone who has ever felt powerless in a corrupt atmosphere, where words are twisted, right and wrong confused and power abused would fully appreciate the denouement.


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