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Wannabe A Writer? (Secrets to Success - Writing)
Wannabe A Writer? (Secrets to Success - Writing)

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A frolicking good read, 12 Dec 2010
I have a new friend. Although we may probably never meet, anyone who can make me laugh so much it made me wish I had overcome self-denial and secreted a packet of Tena Ladies under the weekly Tesco shop, at the same time as inspiring and educating, will always be a friend. The woman is a genius. She even `told' me drinking is good for me before, during and after writing and backed it up with scientific fact! Cheers, Jane. ;-) xxx

I am now off to buy said protective aid, a crate of cheap red (still a struggling nobody) and an assortment of choccy - sod writer's bottom, I'm writing a best seller - before I get stuck into `Wanna be a Writer We've Heard Of'.
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Claudius
Claudius
by Douglas Jackson
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Claudius, another Roman masterpiece from Douglas Jackson, 12 Aug 2010
This review is from: Claudius (Hardcover)
Douglas Jackson's Claudius, the sensational sequel to Caligula, is nothing short of excellent. Whilst I would highly recommend reading Caligula first, it is not necessary, as it is an exceptional `stand alone' historical novel.

The author has woven his two characters from Claudius, Rufus, the slave and Bersheba, the loveable, mischievous elephant, into the historical account of Rome's conquer of Britain in a way that gives another dimension. `Seeing' and `hearing' Rufus's version of events brings a personal touch to the proceedings, making it even more compelling.

The obvious in-depth research and poetic licence brings Claudius `to life' with stunning clarity.

Devious plots, battles and their aftermath are portrayed in stark detail. Together with Douglas Jackson's own brand of wit and a few unexpected twists, it will be extremely difficult to do anything else until one has finished reading.

This is not just history; it's another epic from Douglas Jackson.


Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools
Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools
by Victoria Twead
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning! Incontinence pants needed!!!, 18 Oct 2009
If ever you needed a really good lift to your spirits, then this is the book to read. It is packed full of fun and frolics that can't help but cheer all but the most miserable of creatures.
Such is the mastery of Victoria Twead's writing, that not only can you be enthralled, but you can `see' and `feel' everything. Laugh with them and empathise when things go awry.
You would be sadly missing a damn good read if you bypass this magnificent book. I heartily recommend it. Not to mention it being a ruddy great plus, having Spanish regional dishes included.
A great laugh and cookery book all tied up in one gorgeous little parcel.


Caligula
Caligula
by Douglas Jackson
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Douglas Jackson's Caligula... Did he time travel to write this remarkable novel?, 19 July 2009
This review is from: Caligula (Hardcover)
As shocking as it is spectacular, Douglas Jackson's Caligula is so vivid, it is as if has witnessed everything. He writes with such mastery, that, like Rufus, you want to turn away from the horrific spectacles but are compelled to read on. I defy anyone not to be transfixed by this story that takes one through and beyond the full gamut of every human emotion. Such empathy and passion, with powerful sensuous erotic moments, intertwined with so much pathos.

Whether you know of the Rome of old or have not even the slightest interest in history, has no relevance. This book will appeal to anyone who wants a damn good read. It is, in short, a masterpiece.


The frog and the scorpion
The frog and the scorpion
by Steevan Glover
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.99

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rugby player's debut novel, exciting as Johnny Wilkinson's World Cup win!, 5 May 2009
The Frog and the Scorpion
Excitement and intrigue from beginning to end. Steven Glover takes the reader through a page turning, `edge of the seat' gripping novel.

Once I started to read The Frog and the Scorpion, I had to force myself to stop reading to get to sleep. I completed it in three nights and the story and brilliant end, left such an impression that I will always remember it. Every page is compelling. Steevan has created a believable tale of dramatic gangland characters and innocent people caught up in their world. Or are they really that naive? Read it yourself and find out. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.


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