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A Sea Change (Quick Reads 2013)
A Sea Change (Quick Reads 2013)
by Veronica Henry
Edition: Paperback
Price: 1.00

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable story set by the sea, 3 Feb 2013
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Jenna is penniless and about to be thrown out of her bedsit. To try and get back on her feet, Jenna makes a drastic decision.
Policeman, Craig, is at Everdene beach on a weekend break. He's dealing with his own turmoil and has some decisions to make.
This story reveals how a bad decision can open the door to other opportunities.
I enjoyed this quick read. It ends on a feel-good note, but it's not all sun, sea and romance.


Wrong Time, Wrong Place (Quick Reads 2013)
Wrong Time, Wrong Place (Quick Reads 2013)
by Simon Kernick
Edition: Paperback
Price: 1.00

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary stuff, 2 Feb 2013
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This is a short and gripping read about two couples on a walking holiday in Scotland. The story follows the horrific events that occur after they come across a terrified girl and try to help her.
This is a fast paced thriller and the tension turns up a notch with every page.
Thoroughly enjoyable and very satisfying read.


Today Everything Changes: Quick Read (Quick Reads 2013)
Today Everything Changes: Quick Read (Quick Reads 2013)
by Andy McNab
Edition: Paperback
Price: 1.00

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reading gives you knowledge and that gives you choice and opportunity in whatever you want to do in life, 1 Feb 2013
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Andy McNab's short biographical account gives an insight into his early life, the tough regime of army life and how his life progressed from thereon.
This is an inspiring read. McNab had a bad start in life and joining the army and the tough regime of army life was the best thing for him.
I enjoyed reading about Andy's experiences in the army education centre and how his new literacy skills helped to develop his career.
One of the beauties of the Quick Read series is being able to read a book by an author that I wouldn't normally bother with and I know it will be written in a straightforward and no-nonsense style.
The Quick Reads are definitely worth checking out.


A Dreadful Murder: The Mysterious Death of Caroline Luard (Quick Reads 2013)
A Dreadful Murder: The Mysterious Death of Caroline Luard (Quick Reads 2013)
by Minette Walters
Edition: Paperback
Price: 1.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Short story based on a real crime, 30 Jan 2013
This story is based on the true story of a shocking murder. In 1908, Caroline Mary Luard was the victim of an unsolved murder known as the Seal Chart Murder.
This Quick Read covers the details of the murder and attempts to solve the crime.
I enjoy fictional stories based on factual events and think it's a good way to learn about something and often without too much unnecessary detail. I didn't know anything about the Caroline Luard murder, so I've learnt something new from reading this book.
The story is written in a straightforward style and there was enough mystery to keep me intrigued.


The Beginner's Goodbye
The Beginner's Goodbye
by Anne Tyler
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Letting Go and Moving On, 21 Jan 2013
This review is from: The Beginner's Goodbye (Hardcover)
This is an engaging short story about a man coming to terms with the loss of his wife, and his interactions with various work colleagues, friends and family, after her death.
I've tried Anne Tyler's books in the past and abandoned them before I gave them a chance. I decided to try again and I've really enjoyed her last two novels.
I like the sparse but meaningful writing and whilst I really warmed to the central character in this book the other characters are quirky, likeable and add just as much to the story.
Overall this is an absorbing read that deals with the emotions of grief, but not in a morose way.


Private Peaceful [DVD] [2012]
Private Peaceful [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Richard Griffiths

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Home Viewing, 18 Jan 2013
I enjoy reading Michael Morpurgo's books and was really looking forward to watching this adaption of Private Peaceful. The film that follows two brothers going to war stays quite close to the story in the book and I was not disappointed.
It moves from the Peaceful family home in the Devon countryside to the trenches in Flanders and the war scenes are dramatic and realistic. I've read the book and know that the story is sad and the film definitely evoked my emotions.
There is a lot to be said for a low-budget film, particularly a British film and this is a fine example. Private Peaceful genuinely portrays life at home and at war, during the First World War.


Gainsborough Through Time
Gainsborough Through Time
by Sally Outram
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.26

4.0 out of 5 stars Gainsborough Through Time, 18 Jan 2013
This fascinating book takes a look at the small market town of Gainsborough and how it has changed and developed over the years.
Each page shows a colour present-day photograph of a different landmark in the town and a sepia photograph of the same landmark, or what was in its place in years gone by. This is coupled with some historical info and notes the changes that have taken place over the years.
I'm familiar with Gainsborough and how it has changed over the last twenty five years. I've also walked around the town quite a lot and think there are some fascinating old buildings. The old photos in the book are really interesting and make you want to step back in time to see how it used to look.
For those that remember how Gainsborough used to look I would think this book would provide many nostalgic moments. If you have a general interest in Gainsborough, or live in the town, then this book gives a pleasant insight into an ever-changing place.


Another Year [DVD]
Another Year [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jim Broadbent
Price: 4.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 17 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Another Year [DVD] (DVD)
This film follows a happily-married couple and the events that take place over one year, involving their friends and family. The story is about things that can occur in everyday life and has real depth. It's also easy to watch and has moments of humour.
Jim Broadbent is a brilliant actor, so the usual great performance from him and he's supported by a well chosen cast. The people and themes in the film are easy to relate to.
Great viewing, I really like this type of film and it looks like I've got a whole catalogue of Mike Leigh films to work through.


The Snow Child
The Snow Child
by Eowyn Ivey
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable, 11 Jan 2013
This review is from: The Snow Child (Paperback)
Eowyn Ivey's writing is a pleasure to read. The vivid descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness, coupled with the magical and mysterious story surrounding Jack, Mabel and Faina, has kept me entranced for a few days.

Wonderful storytelling.


Jo Nesbo's JACKPOT [DVD]
Jo Nesbo's JACKPOT [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mads Ousdal
Price: 4.00

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Violence with Humour, 5 Jan 2013
This review is from: Jo Nesbo's JACKPOT [DVD] (DVD)
This is a really good dark comedy film about a group of ex-criminals who fall out after winning some money on the football pools.
The plot is fast-paced, very gorey and funny.
A very enjoyable film that's entertaining throughout. Don't be put off by the subtitles.


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