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The Passenger
The Passenger
by Peter Wild
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.85

5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, 18 Jun 2013
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Peter Wild's The Passenger tells the story of Whitlow, a man who's been asleep for fifteen years and wakes to find that life, friends and family have moved on without him. Whereas he was once reasonably successful, his band released three albums, now he's not even sure who he is. How can a man cope with such a situation? This is the premise of Wild's debut novel which launches a fresh, assertive voice in fiction. The intriguing plot twists and turns in unexpected ways capturing character with an acuteness of observation that makes you smile with recognition. A great read.


The Golden Treasury of Poetry
The Golden Treasury of Poetry
by Louis Untermeyer
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best poetry books for children, 14 May 2010
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This is a beautiful collection of poetry for children that captures the essence of childhood. I would recommend it very highly


New Moon (Twilight Saga)
New Moon (Twilight Saga)
by Stephenie Meyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.73

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad role model for teenage girls, 14 Feb 2010
If you are considering buying this truly awful book for your teenage daughter please think again. I was actually quite disturbed by the representation of women in this book. Bella Swan, as others have said one of the worst drawn characters I have ever come across, is so destroyed by Edward's absence that she literally feels unable to carry on living. She repeatedly puts herself in real danger, treats her new best friend Jacob extremely badly, but worst of all in my opinion, wants one of the Cullen's preferably Edward to change her into a vampire (therefore giving up her life) without any thought at all for her mother, only a passing thought for her poor father and no thought about what she's really giving up. It's disturbing in the extreme that such an attitude is presented as a normal teenage reaction to your boyfriend dumping you. Of course when you're young (and indeed old!) heartbreak is terrible and can leave you an emotional wreck but to come to the conclusion that the only way out of the pain is to die rather than exist without your adonis of a man is, in my opinion, irresponsible writing.

If you want a book with a well drawn female lead and a good well constructed and well written story try the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman.


The Tide Knot
The Tide Knot
by Helen Dunmore
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mixture of fantasy and real life, 20 Nov 2009
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Dunmore has created a wonderful world in the Ingo series. On my last visit to the coast I could almost believe Ingo was actually there. These books are great for adults and children alike. My local Waterstones has them in the teenage section, but my nine year old daughter has read them all and loves them. I suggest that they are great for children who have a reading age above their actual age, but are not yet ready for stories with more mature content. The writing is beautiful and lyrical. A joy to read.


Midwives
Midwives
by Chris Bohjalian
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but lacks an authenitc voice, 8 Nov 2009
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I enjoyed this story and unlike others did not find it dull. I thought it well paced and although the reader knows at the beginning what happens (the mother's death in childbirth) there is still much more to uncover in the book.

I would have given this a higher rating, however, if the narrator, Connie the midwife's daughter, had had an authentic voice. The back cover states that this is related through the eyes of Sibyl's fourteen year old daughter. This is not the case. It is Connie who narrates, but instead of seeing the story through her fourteen year old eyes, it is told from her older more detached thirty something year old self. This creates an unnecessary distance from events in my opinion and gives the fourteen year old Connie more insight and wisdom than she would have had. As a result of this choice of point of view, I feel the book does not engage the reader. If Bohjalian had actually used a fourteen year old narrator that would have placed the reader in the story at the time it was happening. Instead the reader is as detached as Connie and for this reason the book is somewhat unsatisfactory.


A Tale of Two Goats
A Tale of Two Goats
by Tom Barber
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.35

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful picture book, 2 Oct 2009
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A beautifully crafted and illustrated story for young children that will be enjoyed again and again. Barber treats the theme of friendship and sharing lightly and humorously conveying the message in a way young children will easily understand and enjoy.


Stone Cradle
Stone Cradle
by Louise Doughty
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, 15 Aug 2009
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I didnt want to read this book initially as the subject matter didnt grab me, but in the end I loved it. The relationship between mother and daughter in law is well written and surprisingly tender. The shift in point of view well handled especially when covering the same event when Doughty highlights how people can see things differently. Doughty is a marvellous observationist and puts a lot of this into her writing bringing it to life. I like the unobvious title too as it picks up on a small but ultimately significant part of the story.


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