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Go To Sleep
Go To Sleep
by Helen Walsh
Edition: Paperback

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave, Bold and Beautiful, 18 July 2011
This review is from: Go To Sleep (Paperback)
Helen Walsh is a writer who elicits genuine excitement with each new novel. Having devoured Brass and Once Upon a Time in England, I was eager to pick up Go To Sleep. Having heard Walsh on Radio Four, and an appearance on This Morning following her piece in The Times, I was intrigued to discover her new work dealt with sleep deprivation, specifically relating to the experience of parenting.

As a fan of Walsh's work, I wondered if this topic would compromise her former prowess in weaving dark, fearless tales of the subterranean. This novel is amazing. As one can expect with Walsh's writing, I was initiated from the first page. What follows is a helter skelter ride into the recesses of mental and emotional exhaustion. Rachel, our protagonist, gives us an unflinching confessional of her own limitations. Her love for her baby son, Joe, urges her on, yet, isolated and intimidated by the demands of early motherhood, I found myself speeding through each chapter.

Walsh's unique voice is never compromised. Brave, bold and beautiful, this story unmistakably belongs to the Walsh canon. If you have yet to discover her work, you are in for a revelation. Walsh lends authenticity to relevant, commercial matter with a sharp, insightful gaze and a literary talent which is a pleasure to read.

Most importantly, Walsh has broken down the barricades surrounding preconceived notions of motherhood. An honest, unflinching account which lends voice to legions of new mothers who desperately need to be heard. In a culture which measures post-natal success by the size of it's skinny jeans, Walsh has once again succeeded in presenting us with an original and intelligent counterpoint. Another triumph. Thank you, Ms. Walsh!

Awaydays [DVD]
Awaydays [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stephen Graham
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £2.87

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Will Tear Us Apart..., 8 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Awaydays [DVD] (DVD)
Awaydays is a beautifully crafted love letter to The Pack, a gang of die-hard Tranmere fans searching for identity across the bleak landscape of Merseyside, 1979.
Our 'heroes', Carty and Elvis, are teenage counterparts, both searching for escape, craving boldness and beauty, but unable to articulate their private yearning amid the harsh language of their everyday lives.
Carty finds solace with his initiation into a local gang of loveable (!) football hooligans - featuring a stellar performance from Stephen Graham (This is England; Gangs of New York; Snatch) as John Godden. Joining The Pack provides an outlet for Carty's burgeoning masculinity and inherent frustration, not to mention, a new, Casual, wardrobe which sets him apart from his peers.
Meanwhile, Elvis, the more poetic of the two, creates his own soundtrack of art, music and, of course, despair, which leads the viewer on a heartbreaking journey of lost hope and dying dreams.
This coming-of-age drama has its feet firmly placed in reality, and a brand new pair of Adidas Samba. Striking performances from newcomers, Nicky Bell (Carty) and Liam Boyle (Elvis), along with a haunting soundtrack, make this film one of the most authentic and original tales of teenage kicks you will find. A retro classic.

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