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The New Testament in Limerick Verse
The New Testament in Limerick Verse
by Christopher Goodwins
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A zany idea which works, 22 Aug 2002
Adapting the Bible into limerick form? It sounds bizarre but somehow it works, most of the time at least. Breezy and entertaining, and occasionally very cheesy, it pretty much gets the jist. The author knows his stuff so it never goes off the beaten track and often makes you get your Bible out to check up on exactly what was said. Interesting.


Carter Beats the Devil
Carter Beats the Devil
by Glen David Gold
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.19

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling, 22 Aug 2002
This review is from: Carter Beats the Devil (Paperback)
A breathtakingly well-researched book which grabs you from the start and refuses to let go. It brings the world of '20s magic to life with stylish writing. Truly entertaining and one of those books you want to give to all your friends.


The Miracle Life Of Edgar Mint
The Miracle Life Of Edgar Mint
by Brady Udall
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.20

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A miracle book, 22 Aug 2002
Truly fabulous - the sad thing about this book is that it's Brady Udall's first - it leaves you dying to read more. Reminiscent of John Irving at his best, comparisons to Dickens are not particularly wide of the mark. An unforgettable, larger-than-life story about a boy and his typewriter living in a world populated with larger-than-life characters. You owe it to yourself to read this.


Father Frank
Father Frank
by Paul Burke
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun lad fic, 22 Aug 2002
This review is from: Father Frank (Paperback)
A funny and entertaining take on the boy meets girl theme - one where for once it is not guaranteed that the boy will get the girl, as he's a priest. Driving a cab. You need to read it to understand. And not much these days is set in Kilburn. It also takes a rather cynical look at the world of advertising - wonder what inspired that...?


Children of AIDS
Children of AIDS
by Emma Guest
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, moving read, 22 Aug 2002
This review is from: Children of AIDS (Paperback)
A terrific book that is likely to get overlooked by many because of its price and small-press publisher. But don't let that stop you! It's a truly fascinating read, going into the reasons why children with HIV in the US or UK get thousands of pounds worth of treatment and drugs whereas children in sub-Saharan Africa get nothing. The true stories of children living with the consequences of HIV/AIDS are extremely moving and will stay with you. Certainly an issue that will continue to get more pressing and a book that cuts to its very heart.


Dead Cat Bounce
Dead Cat Bounce
by Damien Owens
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read, 22 Aug 2002
This review is from: Dead Cat Bounce (Paperback)
A fun read behind a wonderful cover. It's 'lad fic' at its best - boy in foul bedsit has family problems, woman frustration and family nightmares. Pretty predictable but always fun and readable.


Prodigal Summer
Prodigal Summer
by Barbara Kingsolver
Edition: Paperback

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good follow-up to The Poisonwood Bible, 22 Aug 2002
This review is from: Prodigal Summer (Paperback)
If you haven't read The Poisonwood Bible then read that first - one of the best books of recent years. If you have read it then rejoice that Kingsolver has done it again with a very different book. She masterfully weaves several plots together creating an evocative and sensual portrayal of small-town relationships from several different points of view.


Rewire
Rewire
by Marc Pye
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars OK but nothing spectacular, 22 Aug 2002
This review is from: Rewire (Paperback)
Not a bad book - well enough written, interesting characters, Trainspotting-style Scottish dialogue which grates after a while. Pretty dark, slightly seedy and readable.


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