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Snow Angels
Snow Angels
by Stewart O'Nan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars once read never forgotten, 12 Jun. 2012
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The best book I have read this year (2012), by a long shot.

This novel will stay with you. It'll get into you mind in ways that many can't. You'll feel the cold, the frustrations and in the end the ways in which we can end up hating the ones we love.

Snow Angels is a contemporary classic and Stuart O Nan is big in the USA - won awards and all sorts, here little is seen of his novels. He writes brilliantly. His prose is evocative, seductive and his stories are moving without being melodramatic. He writes about the normal lives of small town white-collar working classes, lives of people you know of and hear about but don't usually get a look-in in fiction.

Snow Angel's is bleak - beautiful and felt - but bleak. You reach a point where you know what's going to happen and find yourself saying out loud, 'please don't do it, please... don't.' But the inevitability gets inside, becomes viseral, till you feel what each of the characters is feeling and can't get away.

It's two stories, both recollected: one of family going through a divorce, the other of a woman spiralling into danger as her ex-husband loses his grip. It's tragic and life affirming and reading about these lives, the way O'Nan tells it, makes one feel more human, much more.

This - Snow Angels - is what novels are for.


Last Night at the Lobster
Last Night at the Lobster
by Stewart O'Nan
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just wow, 7 Jun. 2012
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It is almost obscene that you cannot get this in the UK.

The clarity of the writing, the poetry, the pathos, the integrity of the main character, of the author and how that passess to the reader to make them a better person is spell binding.

It's a v short, simple story - the last shift in a diner at a shopping mall, that's it.

But read it and you'll feel better about everything.


The Odds
The Odds
by Stewart O'Nan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.85

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars word after word ...., 25 May 2012
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It's a simple story beautifully told: it's about love, risk and life.

A couple gamble everything they have at a casino by Niagra Falls where many years ago they'd spent their honeymoon.

It's a short novel with a smooth momentum and great depths by the end of it I was routing for this couple so much I forgot to meet my girlfriend at the supermarket! She was livid, tonite (Friday) I'm taking her gambling.

This book - his latest - confirms in my mind that this O'Nan guy - who I only just discovered - should be much better known over here in the UK.


Songs for the Missing
Songs for the Missing
by Stewart O'Nan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars read it and weep, 21 May 2012
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I'm shocked Penquin haven't promoted this guy O'Nan in the UK. More shocked to find you can't get half his books here!

I agree with all the reviews - most of which, including the professional critiques, do capture the brilliance of this story and its telling. There are four pages of quotes from reviews at the beginning of this book in praise, all of them say something different, all of them can't say enough and all of them are right ... this novel is good, real good

The tale is simple: a teenage girl goes missing - what effect does this have on her family and friends as they try and make sense of what's happened. But the writing of this tale is what reading is all about ... it moves you ... and if fiction is supossed to enhance our understanding of other people and make us more emapthetic then this is a fine example...

There are lots of stories about kids going missing but they are usually - though they have their merits - melodramatic and played for thrills. this is different. I mean ... wow and (confession) until he appeared on edrants.com I'd never heard of O'Nan before - I just ordered the rest of his work.

Buy it.


In the Shadow of His Wings: The Pastoral Ministry of Angels: Yesterday, Today, and for Heaven
In the Shadow of His Wings: The Pastoral Ministry of Angels: Yesterday, Today, and for Heaven
by Jonathan Macy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting stuff ..., 19 April 2012
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Two-thirds of Americans and a third of people in the UK believe that angels (and devils) are at work in the world with more than 45% saying they have a Guardian angel. Those people will be, should be, interested in what this book has to say about angels from the Biblical evidence and the bible alone, which concludes - i'm not giving anything away - that yes, angels do 'look after' us.

Most people who believe in angels believe in the Lorna Byrne type of angel e.g. (Angels in My Hair) this book won't disappoint them - unfortunately.

Well written, engaging and thorough this book is NOT going to change the ground rules about how we see angels though, nor does it set out to. But the book is correct, angels have been sidelined and this a good attempt to bring them back into the game ...


The History of Work
The History of Work
by Richard Donkin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars thorough and engaging, 18 April 2012
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This is a book about a global and human obsession. And, along side books such as Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty makes for engaging and important reading.

Chapter 22 asks 'Is there work to do?' and in an era when we're obsessed with work and getting people into it this is a relevant question. I mean, is there still work to do ...?

This book will be of interest to policy hamsters and revolutionaries alike and covers the ground from the Boxgrove handaxes to Facebook. The section on The New Religion of Work is particularly interesting (to me maybe) - church elders should take note, get back in there maybe.

Well written and dip-able into, which is always a bonus, this book is a good read.


The Apartment
The Apartment
by Greg Baxter
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars captivating, 16 April 2012
This review is from: The Apartment (Hardcover)
somewhere in european city an ex-soldier (from the Iraq war) is trying to make sense of his past, of who he is and where he belongs; this is the basic story ... The telling of it had me captivated. Though a 'novel' novel (the best always are) it's a quiet and disturbing read, brilliantly done, atmospheric, moving and important.


Non Stop Inertia
Non Stop Inertia
by Ivor Southwood
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars living it - beyond theory, 22 Feb. 2012
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This book articulates the sense of what it is like to live, to be alive, in a world that not everyone can so easily adapt and fit into and actually might not want to adapt and fit into the way it is currently formatted for most. It's a book that makes you realise zombies are real and that you might be one of them. It is passionately written and current. And if you want to know what it's like living in the UK and how the buzz words of corporate life are keeping you on your toes gong no where - this is the book.


The Echo Maker
The Echo Maker
by Richard Powers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars powerful stuff, 7 Sept. 2011
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I always ending buying copies of this book (mostly second hand I confess) because I give so many copies away, or people borrow a copy and it never comes back and i feel I'm taking something important away from them if I ask for it back.

This book more than most others you can read again and again because it has a poetry and a depth you cannot find in other novels and because you change over time so does this book.

The story? A sister looks after her brother after he has a terrible accident: 'he stops recognising his sister, because some part of him has stopped recognising himself.'


Anna Karenina (Penguin Classics)
Anna Karenina (Penguin Classics)
by Leo Tolstoy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excuse me, 30 Jun. 2011
what do you mean you've never read Anna Karenina? how you gonna get anywhere in life if you haven't read something by Tolstoy - this at least? Loser.


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