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Game Of Chance
Game Of Chance
by A. C. Koning
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying whodunnit, 5 Oct. 2015
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A further piece of atmospheric period detective work for AC Koning's parfit gentil knight, the blind detective Frederick Rowlands. Convincing detail, complicated plot, realistic relationships and a satisfying whodunnit. More, please.


Line of Sight
Line of Sight
by Christina Koning
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping and original, 1 July 2014
This review is from: Line of Sight (Paperback)
This is the sort of detective novel I like best - not merely a question, whodunnit? but an engrossing story about people who spring alive from the page, so you really care about them while you're racing through to discover the answers. The details about learning to live after blindness feel exact, entirely convincing. I'm really looking forward to the next in the series


Ace, King, Knave
Ace, King, Knave
by Maria McCann
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars compelling read, 19 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Ace, King, Knave (Hardcover)
One of those books you really want to read in one go. A powerful original story - you simply cannot guess at the ending - full of the fresh unexpected detail that creates a completely convincing world, and real people who say and think and feel real things. A fascinating trip to the past, and a must-read.


Dreaming of Rose: A Biographer's Journal
Dreaming of Rose: A Biographer's Journal
by Sarah LeFanu
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyable, 8 April 2013
I love this book. Every would-be biographer should read it, but it's a wonderfully enjoyable read for anyone interested in excellent writing and civilised academic research. Le Fanu is a very attractive presence in the book, good-humoured, scholarly. There is something very touching about her occasional and literal dreams of Rose.


Mariana
Mariana
Price: £7.43

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 28 Jan. 2013
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This is one of those blissful books you can't stop reading, until you finish it - absorbing, funny, and touching. A really satisfying romance. Highly recommended


The Walk to Acorn Bridge
The Walk to Acorn Bridge
by John Treherne
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars it feels like time-travel, 24 April 2012
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Reading this book feels like travelling back to the early twentieth century - not Downton Abbey-style, but in a real world full of real people, real children. I read it years ago and have never forgotten it, and feel a little as if I went on the fateful walk to Acorn Bridge myself. A beautiful piece of work, unpretentious, poetic, truthful.


A Private Place
A Private Place
Price: £7.49

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and intelligent, 17 April 2012
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Like all the best coming-of-age novels A Private Place asks some profound questions about society as a whole. What are rules for? Do they stifle freedom more than they protect the weak? What is the effect, the meaning, of style? Amanda Craig writes about these complexities with tremendous wit, intelligence and warmth, and at the same time tells a love-story so gripping I had to read it almost at a sitting; and it goes on surprising you right up to the end. A really good satisfying read.


Variable Stars
Variable Stars
by Christina Koning
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars intelligent Romance, 26 Sept. 2011
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Variable Stars makes brilliant use of some of the more usual props of Romantic fiction - an almost Cinderella-like scene of fleeting happiness at a ball was wonderfully intense and vivid. At the same time Christina Koning writes with clarity and vigour about Science, about the meaning of discovery, and what makes some of us long to understand the mechanics of the world we live in. The tone is absolutely right all the way through, eighteenth-century sensibilities gracefully observed, real people saying real things to one another, doing the shopping as well as constructing twenty-foot telescopes, and the several interleaved stories reach one beautiful, natural conclusion. I didn't want to put this book down until I'd finished it, and had to shed a few tears at the end. An absolute treat in every way.


The Dark Tower
The Dark Tower
by Christina Koning
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical fiction at its best, 21 Jun. 2010
This review is from: The Dark Tower (Paperback)
I had to read The Dark Tower in one sitting, as the people in it are so real and alive, and the secrets at the novel's heart are so intricately concealed. Christina Koning's detailed knowledge of the place and the times is brilliantly handled - the book never feels even slightly didactic, even though you're learning so much about the real workings of empire-building - what that scramble for Africa was really about, what human loss was involved on all sides. This is historical fiction at its best - an enlightening read, and above all an enthralling story. Highly recommended.


The Known World
The Known World
by Edward P. Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, 4 May 2007
This review is from: The Known World (Paperback)
This is a powerful and absorbing book with an unusual format - lots of interweaving stories and jumps forward in time as well as backwards. I enjoyed the huge cast,though perhaps an actual list at the end would have been helpful at first. I felt I understood for the first time how slavery actually worked, and how completely it corrupted everyone involved. There are terrible cruelties in this book, all conveyed in beautifully "simple" prose, amd with an encompassing sympathy that makes even the most intransigent slave-owner still seem human. We judge everyone; but the author doesn't. He is simply showing us how it was. The Known World is a masterpiece.


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