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CONVERSE Baby Hat & Sock Set (0-6 Months) - Grey
CONVERSE Baby Hat & Sock Set (0-6 Months) - Grey

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely gift, 13 Oct. 2014
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I bought this as a gift for my friend's baby shower. She absolutely loved it and so did everyone else there. Great gift! Postage was also very quick.

The Hopeless Life Of Charlie Summers
The Hopeless Life Of Charlie Summers
by Paul Torday
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from Paul Torday, 6 Aug. 2010
I just love this author. The story has been explained well by other reviewers so I won't describe it myself. If you like your books with a simple plot, with humour and a touch of the 'strange' then Paul Torday is for you! My favourite of his so far is The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce. Apparently he was 60 when his first book (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) was published, I really hope he has lots more books left in him!

The White Family
The White Family
by Maggie Gee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Riddled with clichés, 24 Sept. 2009
This review is from: The White Family (Paperback)
I am shocked at all the good reviews at this book so had to add my own opinion. I'm sure my view will be unpopular. I thought 'The White Family' started off well and I agree some parts of it are beautifully written (which is the only reason I gave it two stars). BUT - I have never read a book with so many obvious racist stereotypes and clichés... The racist father, who guess what.... his daughter ends up dating black men, the son who is a closet gay who guess what... has gay black porn in his bedroom. Please - how obvious.

Some of the lines I had to laugh out loud (when I'm sure I wasn't meant to) and in the end I skim read it to finish it quickly. It was blatantly obvious the youngest son was going to commit a race crime - and guess what he did.

No surprises here at all. My opinion is - don't bother.

American Wife
American Wife
by Curtis Sittenfeld
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars American Wife, 10 Sept. 2009
This review is from: American Wife (Paperback)
I have never been so engrossed in the start of a book - and I read a lot of books! I sat down intending to read a few pages but ended staying up really late and reading the whole first section in one sitting. It is so well written, each character is fascinating - Alice of course, but also her Grandma, Dena, Andrew and lots more.

I have to agree the second half of the book isn't as good but it still kept me reading on. I liked Alice and of course I am wondering how much of her story is the same as Laura Bush's!

Lady Anna (Oxford World's Classics)
Lady Anna (Oxford World's Classics)
by Anthony Trollope
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 7 Jan. 2009
I was totally swept away with this book. I wish there was a better phrase for `I couldn't put it down' but for the moment I can't think of one.

I have never read Anthony Trollope before and when choosing my first novel to read of his I chose the shortest one. I am not scared by big novels but I thought this was best. I am so glad I did and will hopefully be progressing to his huge tomes later this year!

It took me a while to get into Trollope's style but once I did I was literally transfixed. It is amazing how the simple premise of a woman torn between two men (although it is more complicated than that obviously) can be written about in such beautiful detail. Until the end I was unsure as to whom she would go with and the found the whole tale totally gripping. Anna is an amazing woman - especially for 1874! The relationship she has with Mother is fascinating as well. All I can say is don't waste any time - buy it and read it!

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Persephone Classics)
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Persephone Classics)
by Winifred Watson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.55

4.0 out of 5 stars A feel good book!, 14 Oct. 2008
This really was a lovely read and leaves you with a big smile on your face at the end. I won't go over the plot, as so many other reviewers have described it so well already. Suffice to say that Miss Pettigrew starts the day as one person and ends it as another.

It just goes to show you what can happen in the space of one day!

When We Were Romans
When We Were Romans
by Matthew Kneale
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars 'Actually' - this was fab!, 15 Aug. 2008
This review is from: When We Were Romans (Paperback)
I loved this book. The voice of Lawrence is written very well... I loved the spelling mistakes, the way he says 'actually' in almost every sentence and that he gives animal characters to everyone he meets, what a great idea! I might start doing this myself! I also loved the stories about the Roman Emperors and Space, black holes etc than ran alongside the main plot.

It made me laugh alot but underlying everything is the readers tragic realisation that Hannah, his mother is becoming more and more unwell. Rome is colourfully described and each character well drawn (thanks to Lawrence's animal characters!). I haven't read any other Matthew Kneale books but I certainly will now...
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The Road Home
The Road Home
by Rose Tremain
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lev's Road Home, 3 July 2008
This review is from: The Road Home (Paperback)
This is a very good book and a thought provoking read. As a Londoner, living in London I have `immigrants' living and working all around me, but to be honest I don't take much notice of them. This book gives a voice to people like this... the people who some of us don't notice. Lev is a hard working man from an Eastern European country. He wants to earn money and he doesn't mind working for it. He wants to send money back for his mother and daughter and doesn't want to be on benefits. I think a lot of immigrants in London and the UK are like this ... no matter what the Daily Mail says! I thought Rose Tremain (who is one of my favourite writers - my favourites being Music and Silence and Restoration, both very different to this book!) wrote the voice of a man very well and I really felt for and believed in him.

My only criticism (spoiler warning) is that it was a little too `feel good' at the end. I'm not saying I wanted a sad end to Lev's story but at times it kind of felt like I was reading a Jane Green ending. Maybe it's nice to have the character have things go to plan and I'm a cynic.

I won't look at the people working around me in London in the same way ever again.

by Dan Rhodes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Gold - Genius, 25 April 2008
This review is from: Gold (Paperback)
I loved this book and the all the characters in it. It is simply written, in the usual style of Dan Rhodes but beautifully so. I especially loved the character of Mr Puw who calls every woman he meets 'Thunderthighs' if she is fat or thin!

It's a feel good book about the simple things in life. If you liked this I would recommend that you read all the other Dan Rhodes books, especially Anthropology and Don't Tell Me The Truth About Love. If you like these then you may also like Magnus Mills.

South Of The Border, West Of The Sun
South Of The Border, West Of The Sun
by Haruki Murakami
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Marvellous Murakami, 18 Mar. 2008
I thought this was a beautifully written book. I have now read every single Murakami book (except the new one, waiting for that in paperback). Some I haven't liked and some I have loved. This one I loved.

Murakami takes a simple tale of a man's childhood crush and turns it into a gut wrenching tale of obsession and loss. If anyone has ever been in love with someone to the point of obsession (unfortunately I have) then this story will bring you to tears.

I would say this is in my top 3 Murakami. My favourite is Wind Up Bird Chronicle.... Don't worry I am over the guy I was obsessed with now. I think ;-)

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