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The Book of Tomorrow
The Book of Tomorrow
by Cecelia Ahern
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful…. could not put it down., 28 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Book of Tomorrow (Paperback)
This is the fourth Cecelia Ahern book I have read and without question this is my favourite so far. What a wonderful story…. I was engrossed from the first page. Tamara Goodwin is a 16 year old spoilt brat….a rich girl raised in affluent south Dublin who wants for nothing. Her lifestyle is that of swimming pools, cars, holidays in Europe and an equally bratty set of rich friends. When the financial bubble bursts and it all becomes too much for her property developer father to cope with, he takes the ultimate way out. Left destitute as the bank repossesses the house, Tamara and her mother Jennifer are left to cope with the devastation of George Goodwin's suicide and the loss of everything they own. They are forced to rely on the kindness of Jennifer's distant brother Arthur and his wife Rosaleen to take them in. Rosaleen and Arthur live in the gate lodge attached to a once magnificent estate belonging to the famous Kilsaney family where Arthur continues to be groundsman. The shock of moving from the luxury that Tamara was raised in, to a small claustrophobic gate lodge in the heart of the country with nothing to do, no one to see, and not even a decent town within walking distance proves difficult for her. The added worry that her mother has retreated into a world of her own, and remains largely unresponsive since their arrival adds to Tamara's woes. Life at the gate lodge is not easy and very quickly Tamara realizes that Rosaleen and Arthur are not all they seem. Rosaleen in particular is obsessive about never allowing Tamara to be alone with her mother, always wanting to know where she is and what she is doing. When a traveling library lands on the door one day, it leads Tamara to borrow a book which proves to have magical qualities all of it's own and changes everything for Tamara. This is an amazing tale of family secrets long held, lies, jealousy, sacrifice and madness. I was hooked right up to the dramatic conclusion !! Have to put in a mention for the wonderful Sr. Ignatius… the bee keeping wise old nun ….one of the best characters in the book !! Heartily recommend this wonderful tale.


The Love Punch [DVD]
The Love Punch [DVD]
Dvd ~ Emma Thompson
Price: £7.50

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars fantastic cast, seriously does not get better than Imrie, 16 Aug 2014
This review is from: The Love Punch [DVD] (DVD)
It should have had everything going for it…. fantastic cast, seriously does not get better than Imrie, Spall, Thompson and even 007 himself. The plot looked really good fun and I was so looking forward to it. On a positive note Emma Thompson looks amazing, never seen her look better than she does in this, as does Pierce Brosnan, very handsome man, but the entire thing just descended rather quickly into quite bad slapstick and a very silly plot that was all over the place. If like me you pick it up.. see the great cast, read the blurb on the back and think … wow.. this will be great…. sorry to say think again. Rather poor.
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New Tricks: Complete BBC Series 10 [DVD]
New Tricks: Complete BBC Series 10 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alun Armstrong
Price: £12.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sandra's last case, 27 Jun 2014
One of THE outstanding eps of the series, a storyline worthy of a feature film. I am so glad for Amanda Redman that they chose to see out her years on New Tricks with such a brilliant storyline. Have watched this particular episode more than any other from the series. Just loved her scenes with "Jack"….. as she imagined him right there with her when she was struggling with her decision to leave. Many a tear shed during these scenes. Have to say while the original fab four were a magnificent team, the new crew are superb and finding their feet very well indeed. Tamzin Outhwaite already is a winner….the storyline surrounding the bone marrow transplants was second to none. Looking forward to Series 11 now ! Would also love the idea of Brian and Esther becoming amateur sleuths and branching off in a new series… it was looking that way when we last saw them… just loved the character of Brian Lane more than any other over the years. Hope we have not seen the last of him.


The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike)
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike)
by Robert Galbraith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cormoran Strike - flawed damaged hero !!, 16 Mar 2014
Absolutely loved it. Adored Cormoran from his first explosive appearance to the very last page. Overweight ex soldier with prosthetic leg, in dire financial trouble, just split from his stunning fiancee and sleeping on the office floor on a camp bed. Enter the lovely Robin, who arrives at his office door one day courtesy of her employment agency and starts what should be a very brief stint as his secretary. He has no money to pay her and no clients worth speaking of and he being chased by debt collectors. But his luck is about to change as the brother of a famous supermodel arrives at his door and asks him to take on the case of Lula Landry's death. Three months previously, Lula's name was all over the papers as she plunged to her death from the balcony of her third floor apartment on a cold snowy night. A thorough investigation by the police reaches a conclusion of suicide, Lula had a history of mental problems and there is no evidence suggesting foul play. Her brother John insists she was not displaying any suicidal behavior when he met her the previous day. He seeks out Cormoran in particular to look into the case as they have a connection. When Cormoran was a young boy, his best friend at school was Charlie Bristow, John and Lula's brother. Charlie died during one summer holiday school break in an accident, and Cormoran had never forgotten him. He agrees to look into the case and even though Robin is only supposed to be there to do his secretarial work, she becomes ever more involved in helping him on the case, and thrives on the excitement of it all much to the annoyance of her stuffy new fiancé. I loved Cormoran and Robin's relationship and how it developed over the course of the book. The story was dramatic, the characters wonderful, especially the bitchy camp designer Guy Some. Fabulous to hear this is going to be a series… so we hopefully have many more adventures to come with Cormoran and Robin. Next one is due out in June of this year, and will be top of my list !! No doubt they will then either progress to movie format or BBC drama.


Jonathan Creek - Series 5 [DVD]
Jonathan Creek - Series 5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alan Davies
Price: £6.50

25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Its like Midsomer without Barnaby !, 14 Mar 2014
This current series of JC is without doubt the absolute worst of the bunch. I hate even writing that as I have adored the series from the very start, but every element that made up the magic of the show has evaporated. The windmill, the duffle coat, Adam Klaus, and of course the single biggest missing link…. Maddie Magellan. I get that life moves on for everyone, that it would be unrealistic to think that fifteen years later Jonathan would still be working for a magician and living in the windmill. The show could have survived losing those two elements if the heart of the character had been retained. However he has turned into a middle aged frump, married to a woman with whom he has not one OUNCE of chemistry. You can't even see what brought these two together in the first place. What does he see in her. Why would she have picked him. Thats the biggest mystery of all.

The first two eps of this series were dismal, the third one certainly was far better, with a cracking mystery, great performances from Josie Lawrence and the wonderful June Whitfield, but for Creek to survive into the future, the horrendous Polly Creek has to be dispatched with immediately and Maddie Magellan needs to return to where she belongs. In the old days Maddie and Jonathan travelled all over the country in her battered station wagon solving mysteries. Now everything happens in the same village where they live, like Midsomer on valium. I hope David Renwick sees sense and writes Maddie Magellan back into this show and bring it back to life again.
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Gone Girl
Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Average thriller... does not deserve the hype !!, 11 April 2013
This review is from: Gone Girl (Paperback)
Quite amazed to see all the stories in the papers over the last few days about the movie rights being snapped up for this and all the speculation as to who will play Amy and Nick. ! Far from bounding through this in one sitting or even two....... its been more a case of one tedious chapter a day after another until the conclusion. I don't get the huge interest in it. None of the characters are likeable.... not Nick, not Go...his twin sister and DEFINITELY not the hideous Amy !!! The plot granted is clever enough, but I've read better. Was fast losing the will to live myself by the end of it


Last Tango in Halifax - Series 1 [DVD]
Last Tango in Halifax - Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anne Reid
Price: £6.90

5.0 out of 5 stars A complete joy, 17 Feb 2013
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Apart from the fact that like everyone else.... I absolutely loved this drama, the one thing that stood out to me was the overwhelming talent of Anne Reid and Derek Jacobi. In an age where reality shows are now producing "celebrities" here we have two actors who through long years of mastering their craft, are top of the heap when it comes to acting talent. Alongside them the marvellous Sarah Lancashire as Caroline. Watching the final episode of season 1 tonight, I ended up sobbing like a two year old.... a real sign of how good a show is LOL. Can't wait for season two. Highly recommend this to anyone who loves good drama.


Mad Money [DVD]
Mad Money [DVD]
Dvd ~ Diane Keaton
Price: £6.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but not a patch on the UK version., 9 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Mad Money [DVD] (DVD)
So, this was an enjoyable movie, loved the performances from all three ladies...Katie, Diane and Queen Latifah. What stopped it from being a great movie, was the major difference between this version and the UK version HOT MONEY, which was vastly superior in every way. The key to the plot of the UK version was the ingenious way the women got around the fact that a black lock and a white lock were on the money cages. The key to the black lock was held by the chief of security and the key to the white lock was held by the UK version of the Queen Latifah character. In this version as far as I can see one gold lock was on the money cage. Diane Keaton's character, a housewife with no experience of much in particular is wandering around her local hardware store and somehow thinks all she has to do is get hold of a different gold lock and thats it !!! They swop them at will. If it was that easy, the money would have been robbed years before. Thats what let it down so much. No real thought was put into this most vital part of the plot and as this movie was a later version of the superior UK version, why they did not go down the same route and show us the ingenious Black/White lock drama I will never know. By the way the UK version is not available on DVD but is available in full on Youtube. I recommend it to anyone !!


Cranford Collection Box Set [DVD]
Cranford Collection Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Judi Dench
Price: £7.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic..... loved every single second of it !!!, 3 Jan 2013
I bought this box set on a whim... had never seen it... had a vague notion I had heard someone say it was good... and needed to use up gift vouchers. Well.... i was engrossed from start to finish. What a fantastic series.... ranks up there with the marvellous Pride and Predjudice as one of the best ever period pieces. Judi Dench is just amazing as Miss Matty, with Imelda Staunton's Miss Pole right up there with her. The cast in this production is a who's who of the very best in British acting and it shows. I laughed.... I cried (many times !!!) and just savoured every second of the goings on in Cranford. If one thing mystified me, it was the complete absence of either of the two doctors by the time the Christmas special came around. It didn't make sense to me at all that both had vanished, and even if the original actors were not available, surely another doctor could have been created. One tiny details among a sea of pure delight. Heartily recommend this wonderful wonderful series to anyone


The Age of Miracles
The Age of Miracles
by Karen Thompson Walker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.27

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Does not live up to it's potential, 30 Oct 2012
This review is from: The Age of Miracles (Hardcover)
I was intrigued when I read the synopsis on the back page and had to have it !! The subject matter is a very interesting and unusual one, and had it been handled differently could well have produced a fine end product. Sadly.... I found it slow moving, dull and frankly pretty boring. Its never a good sign when you are slowly losing the will to live half way through and yet soldier on through sheer determination not to be beaten by it.


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