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We Need To Talk About Kevin (Serpent's Tail Classics)
We Need To Talk About Kevin (Serpent's Tail Classics)
by Lionel Shriver
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare insight, 29 Nov 2011
This book was recommended to me nearly 4 years ago but I never had the opportunity to read it until now. It is a truly gripping book that gives quite a rare insight into the perspective of a mother trying to understand her son whilst also the mind of an intelligent individual who just doesn't see the point of some of the things we do on a day to day basis just for the sake of doing. Although tragic it does give some hope that it is never too late to save a lost soul and of course the true magnitude of a mothers forgiveness.
A page turner that is definitely worth a read.


The Book Thief
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

5.0 out of 5 stars A Book that will stay with you long after you have read it, 20 Aug 2009
This review is from: The Book Thief (Paperback)
It's true what they say, this has to be one of the most inspiring and revealing books I have ever read and once you pick it up, you will find it hard to put down.

Set in wartime Germany the story follows a young foster child (Leisel) as she fights the odds to learn and read at a time where great control was set over individual freedom of thought. Leisel finds herself stealing to learn, the first of many steps she and her family take in this story that go against the flow of what was perceived as "right", including concealing a Jew in their basement.

The inspiration this book provides in terms of standing up for what you believe is right as a lesson that we should all take on.

The story's narration (by death) provides an unusual perspective, somewhat objective, to an era that continues to capture the minds of readers.


The Wire in the Blood
The Wire in the Blood
by Val McDermid
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 5 Jan 2008
This review is from: The Wire in the Blood (Paperback)
I picked up this book at my local bookshop more for its synopsis that a knowledge of Val's previous writing and I have to say that I wasn't disappointed. The story is gripping with the reader gaining the perspective of both the killer and the detectives as the search is on for the latest victim. I couldn't put this book down but i was a little disappointed with the open ending.

Looking now at the glowing recommendations of Val's other books, I for one will certainly be buying them!


The Temp
The Temp
by Serena Mackesy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.78

4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and easy to relate to, 11 Dec 2007
This review is from: The Temp (Paperback)
Hilarious writing in which i found myself relating the charectors described to real life work colleagues.It is the perfect book for passing time or a holiday with the easy to read writing style and interesting story although i was slightly dissapointed with the ending, but hey its worth buying!


Traditional Indian Curry in a Hurry: Time-sensitive Recipes for Authentic Home-cooked Dishes
Traditional Indian Curry in a Hurry: Time-sensitive Recipes for Authentic Home-cooked Dishes
by Babita Taneja
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for building a base of knowledge on curries, 11 Dec 2007
Being an indian myself i give this book 5 stars. Its a fantastic base for any new starter in the world of curries and of course you can always put your own twist to the recipes if you wish.

Now my only dilema is what to cook rather than how to!


The Interpretation of Murder
The Interpretation of Murder
by Jed Rubenfeld
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Personal Choice?, 15 Mar 2007
This book has been given a really bad rating by most and thats really dissapointing because I felt that it was a reall page turner.

It is clearly inspired by freud and for those of you that are looking for a different style of crime thriller then this is your book. It lets you dip into the freudian concepts and theory, almost like a taster to let you know if you want to read psychology in more depth and at the same time takes you through an adventure with good character detail and depth. I admit it does start to drag on at the end but its definately worth a read....Its certainly thought provoking and has prompted me to learn more about psychology theories, an area I previously knew little about.


Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
by Steven D. Levitt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking, 30 July 2006
Being a student of economics at the time of reading this book, i found it to be extremely useful and thought provoking. It taught me to look at situations with a different perspective. The issues raised provided good talking points with my non economist friends and levitts study of cheating teachers in particular is one study used as a prime example of dysfunctional behaviour as a result of incentives.

Ecoonomist or not- this is one worth a read!!!


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