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Rivals and Conspirators: the Paris Salons and the Modern Art Centre
Rivals and Conspirators: the Paris Salons and the Modern Art Centre
by Fae Brauer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 48.24

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paris Art Wars Revealed, 27 May 2014
Academic rigour and storytelling craft combine to reveal the fascinating history of how Paris established itself as “the modern art centre” in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Meticulously researched and sumptuously illustrated, this page turning account deploys telling detail and colourful anecdote to lay bare the dastardly behaviour of rival artists and art salons. An illuminating and enjoyable read with engaging pace and - even for those familiar with the territory - plenty of surprises.


Cross My Heart
Cross My Heart
by Carmen Reid
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating, 2 Nov 2013
This review is from: Cross My Heart (Paperback)
I've read a great deal about this period of history, but never from the perspective of a teenage Resistance fighter. In a sustained feat of imagination and sensitivity, Carmen Reid delves into the heart and mind of Nicole - a 15-year-old Belgian girl who is touchingly idealistic but also fierce, practical and brave. I would say 'unbelievably brave' - except that many Resistance fighters were indeed as young as Nicole, and just as courageous and resourceful. This is a fluent and exciting story told with great deftness, but it's also hugely important. Cross My Heart should become a staple of the teenage reading list - alongside The Diary of Anne Frank. Highly recommended.


From Essex to Chelsea with Love
From Essex to Chelsea with Love
by Millie Conway
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.85

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy romantic comedy with festive sparkle, 28 Nov 2012
I've yet to see TOWIE or Made in Chelsea but I loved this deftly plotted and lusciously detailed social comedy. It's fast paced, keenly observed and very, very funny.
Written with a deceptively light touch, the story unfolds with all the teasing, plot twists and momentary poignancy of a feel-good film like Love Actually or Notting Hill.
Perfect cheer-up reading for midwinter blues.


The Sea Detective
The Sea Detective
by Mark Douglas-Home
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.69

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original, authentic, intriguing, 6 Oct 2011
This review is from: The Sea Detective (Hardcover)
Hugely refreshing to read a thriller that is not only beautifully written but avoids all the well-worn paths of the genre to offer a scenario which is authentically local to Scotland and yet also globally linked-up and aware. Cal McGill is a thoughtful and unconventional detective for the 21st century. I look forward to reading more from Mark Douglas-Home. His originality and confident storytelling should win him an international readership.
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A Year in the Village of Eternity
A Year in the Village of Eternity
by Tracey Lawson
Edition: Hardcover

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A literary treat - with insights into joyful living and eating, 18 July 2011
I'VE long loved the passionate, well-informed and literary approach to food writing taken by the late, great M.F. K. Fisher. The stellar standard she set for writing about France, Tracey Lawson now accomplishes for Italy. This beautifully written book takes the reader into the heart of a community and its health-bringing cuisine. It's a lyrical and yet unsentimental account - a rare achievement - served up with wit and with a refreshing boldness about what really matters in life.

I read the book first for its stories about the village and its people and then, convinced by the sumptuousness of the dishes described, was tempted to read the recipes. These are offered in a friendly, no-nonsense style which accords with the intelligence of the prose. This wonderful fresh 'voice' in the food writing world shares insights as much about a culture and a philosophy as about 'la cucina'. I look forward to hearing more.


A Brand New Me
A Brand New Me
by Shari Low
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.81

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 21st century comedy, 8 Jan 2009
This review is from: A Brand New Me (Paperback)
This is the wonderfully witty tale of a shy woman whose search for love takes her light years beyond her comfort zone. Leni Lomond is an instantly likeable character and I was immediately caught up in her story. There are laugh-out-loud moments on almost every page but there's also an emotional logic to the story which had me rooting for Leni. The writer, Shari Low, has a superb comic imagination and a sharp eye for modern manners. If you're looking for an antidote to the current 'gloom boom', this is it.


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