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The Thoughts & Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals
The Thoughts & Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem, 22 Oct. 2013
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Initially, because of the title, I thought this might be a whimsical or comical book, but it is far from that. It is in fact a little gem of rare and subtle meaning; delicate, quiet, almost poetic in its exploration of the eponymous William Pryce's mind, the disastrous decision he makes at the beginning of the book, and how he comes to deal with it. Set in West Wales during the First World War, the book is full of revelatory detail, and William's (sometimes wordless) relationship with his widowed father is achingly well-drawn. There is death of course, William being an undertaker, but there is love, too. And abuse of love. And a wry humour in William's earnest desire to better himself that is miles away from the comic.


Triangle 50 470 24 00 Kitchen Tongs 24cm
Triangle 50 470 24 00 Kitchen Tongs 24cm
Price: £7.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfactory but overpriced, 16 Feb. 2013
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These tongs were the nearest I could find to a pair I'd had for years. They are angled at the end, which didn't show in photo but otherwise were as described. For what they are - rather pricey, especially when postage was added. (I was annoyed that although FREE delivery had been promised, a charge was made when I placed the order.) They work well, though; are a good length, and grip items properly.


Beauty
Beauty
by Raphael Selbourne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, touching and funny., 3 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Beauty (Paperback)
I wasn't sure how much I wanted to read a book about an abused young Asian woman (the Beauty of the title), written by a white male name of Raphael Selbourne. However,I was wrong to doubt. This is a wonderful book: up-to-the minute, humorous and touching, but tough and clear-eyed in the way it examines the prejudices of all sections of society, including the politically-correct ones of the not-so-admirable middle-class characters. It tellingly depicts multicultural estate life in the Midlands with all the struggling inhabitants who scrape a living on and off the breadline. Selbourne's desriptions are spot-on; you can almost taste and smell Mark Aston's dog-fouled flat. But the novel's not unremittingly bleak; if fact, in spite of its subject matter (abuse, racism, homelessness,unemployment,illiteracy), it's not bleak at all. The characters are funny, warm, and surprise you with their resourcefulness and failure to conform to type. The dialogue is brilliant. Best of all, the eponymous Beauty Begum shows us how a simple and uneducated woman can beat the odds because of her courage, faith, and toughness of character. Beauty the character is a great creation. Beauty the book is too. The Costa judges were not wrong in judging it the best first novel of 2009.


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