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A Possible Life
A Possible Life
by Sebastian Faulks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.09

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly moving interconnected stories, 20 Aug. 2013
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Faulks has this amazing ability to weave a story about a person's whole life in just a few pages, and really stir your emotions about their trials and disasters. He can evoke a victorian workhouse, concentration camp, disturbing future or recent past so deftly. These stories are so subtly connected you probably need to re read the book a few times to find the threads that link them together. And I'm not sure I picked up all the references to memory and consciousness. A book with real depth.


Feral Youth
Feral Youth
Price: £2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Original and believable take on a hidden society, 20 Aug. 2013
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Alisha's story shows just how hard it is for a bright but parent less teenager to climb out of London gang culture. And how the summer riots had more complex causes than just greed and boredom. Alisha draws us into her world of allegiances, violence and the temptation of easy money from the drugs trade. Once you tune into the street slang it all starts to make sense, and decisions that might seem horrifying to the middle class mind acquire an uneasy logic. Polly keeps the story moving quickly with short chapters, sharp turns and minimal explanation. The only aspect that made me uncomfortable was the character of Miss Merfield - she didn't seem completely believable and not sure it is right to have our black heroine repeatedly saved by a white middle class teacher. But it is still a powerful and well researched book and a gripping and slightly discomforting read. Frightening to think that this hidden society is just a few miles from all the comfortable affluence in our capital city.


Dominion
Dominion
by C. J. Sansom
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking alternative history thriller, 31 July 2013
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This book made me realise how small moments can have a dramatic impact on world history, and also made me think about whether sometimes war can be a positive force. The alternative Britain depicted is not somewhere I would like to inhabit. The second half of the book does turn into a bit of a standard thriller, but I really enjoyed the final section where the author explained where he had chosen to fork history and why he had chosen certain people to lead the alternative Britain. Worth reading if you have even the slightest interest in 20th century political history, and a good spy thriller if you don't.


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