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The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another entertaining picaresque Swedish novel, 15 May 2014
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This has the same entertaining quirkiness as 'the Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed out of the Window' and has a similarly global scope. If anything it is easier to suspend disbelief in reading this story. The reader is made to keep wondering what will come next and it makes some good satirical points about World affairs and human nature. There is an element of the Scandinavian "noir" about it but it has a pleasingly old fashioned happy ending.


Inside Conducting
Inside Conducting
by Christopher Seaman
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars a rare treat, 24 Dec 2013
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Entertaining as well as informative, this is suitable for both the cognescenti and for the musical novice. It makes a great Christmas gift.


Sidney Chambers and The Perils of the Night (Grantchester Mysteries 2)
Sidney Chambers and The Perils of the Night (Grantchester Mysteries 2)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A 20th century Father Brown?, 19 Aug 2013
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This is an enjoyable read with some interesting personalities linking a number of cases of crime detection, set against a mid 20th century Cambridge background and sprinkled with some brief but convincing philosophical and theological reflections and references


Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony
Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony
by Richard Bauckham
Edition: Perfect Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transformative, 19 Aug 2013
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This is the most exciting book i have read on a serious subject for as long as I can remember. It is not easy going but it brings home powerfully the historical reality of theChristian story and is a fascinating work of scholarly detection


Light Shining in the Forest
Light Shining in the Forest
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not so much 'who dunnit' as 'what's behind it all', 25 Feb 2013
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For anyone who knows Northumberland and Tyneside the descriptions of the North East of England where this novel is set are brilliantly evocative. The story deftly weaves the response to the sinister disappearance of children from several locations; a forester and his partner, a senior civil servant and his pa and a cub reporter. The subject is disturbing and there is convincing fuel for conspiracy theorists in the behaviour of those in authority. If you have read 'The Shack' this gives a very different perspective on what life is about. Those who don't 'do God' will be able to identify with the sceptics in the story. Those who do may find the theological implications thought provoking even if they are expressed by the characters in a rather off beat manner.


The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
by Jonas Jonasson
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable picaresque novel, 11 Feb 2013
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This picaresque novel effectively uses the device or parallel narratives, interspersing the hero's adventures after climbing through a window with his life time story. If this increasingly strains belief, it is entertaining throughout and provides a quirky resume of 20th century history. - It would be more difficult to film than 'Quartet' and 'The Exotic Marigold Hotel' but is similarly uplifting for those who might otherwise feel rather weighed down by their own longevity!


Gilead
Gilead
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5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine Classic, 24 Aug 2012
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This book purports to be a diary with the musings of an elderly rural American clergyman, written for his young son to read when he is older. At first sight the format is unpromising bur it works remarkably well. The reader is carried along by a narrative of the writer's life, which emerges in skilfully arranged flashbacks and pen portraits of his family and the family of his oldest friend. From a limited palette, the narrative penetratingly brings alive personalties, events and ideas with a lightness of touch and with perception which would not be unworthy of Jane Austin.

There is a debate over whether there is such a thing as a 'Christian' novel. Some writers bring alive clergy and other religious characters but their beliefs are left largely unexplored. Others use the form of a novel as an apologetic for their belief but these, even the best, such as the works of CS Lewis, often rile readers who do not share that belief. This book brings alive a man and his thoughts which any reader should recognise as engagingly human but which are clearly grounded in a sensitive Christian faith.


The Sun in Splendour: (Plantagenet Saga)
The Sun in Splendour: (Plantagenet Saga)
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Sun did not come out, 24 Aug 2012
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Starts quite imaginatively but I gave up about a third of the way through. For those with no knowledge of the Wars of the Roses this might provide some historical background and it was enthusiastically recommended by someone for whom it gave a new perspective on Richard III. The characters and the settings become increasingly wooden. Irrespective of historical accuracy the narrative jumps forward awkwardly in time without being developed in an interesting or convincing manner.
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Days Without Number
Days Without Number
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3.0 out of 5 stars Digging up an intriguing family history, 18 May 2012
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A good read. The plot is more plausible than Dan Brown's ludicrous fantasies but has some parallels. It combines ancient mystery with detection story and some quite effective character studies. There are plenty of surprises along the way. I found the denouement quite satisfying.


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