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Sharp Objects
Sharp Objects
by Gillian Flynn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.84

16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, clever, memorable, 19 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Sharp Objects (Paperback)
The heroine of this book must be one of the most traumatised and eccentric antagonists in recent fiction. Yet somehow it works. The writing is superb throughout - almost too good for a police procedural. I'd give it five stars, but the slightly lame ending disappointed.
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The Longest Crawl
The Longest Crawl
by Ian Marchant
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost flawless, 4 Mar. 2012
This review is from: The Longest Crawl (Paperback)
If you want to understand the British then you have to understand the British relationship with alcohol, from beer tp binge drinking to boozers to bosomy barmaids. Marchant describes it all with vast flair and tons of wit.


Something of the Night
Something of the Night
by Ian Marchant
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, meandering, intriguing, 4 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Something of the Night (Hardcover)
I admire Marchant's work enormously, though this perhaps is not his best: it is a little rambling in places, funny and poignant, but occasionally underwhelming. But I will still come back for more.


The Dante Club: Historical Mystery
The Dante Club: Historical Mystery
by Matthew Pearl
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very classy entertainment, 2 Dec. 2011
I simply do not understand why this has got so many poor reviews. It works, superbly, on so many levels: it is of course a thriller (and yes I love thrillers) but it is also a scintillating recreation of 19th century Boston, and a box of brilliant literary puzzles. And the chapter set on a Civil War battlefield is just beautifully written.

Top drawer stuff.


The Conquest of the Incas
The Conquest of the Incas
by John Hemming
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, epic, almost flawless, 2 Dec. 2011
This magnificent history reminded me of two other books: Wild Swans by Jung Chang and, maybe less surprisingly, Conquest, by Hugh Thomas. Like the first it is a moving and astonishing account of history that read almost like a novel; like the second it is a gripping yet learned account of the fatal encounter between Old World and New.

If there is one flaw it is perhaps too long. But then, the story it tells is on the grandest of scales. I'd give it four and a half stars if I could.


Gomorrah: Italy's Other Mafia
Gomorrah: Italy's Other Mafia
by Roberto Saviano
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, brave, 23 Mar. 2011
It's very difficult to give this book a bad review when you know the history behind it, that the young author is hiding for his life from the crime gangs he describes.

Happily, the book deserves the very best review because it is a great achievement. Searing, relentless, poignant, utterly candid, it is a shocking expose of life and labour amongst the Neapolitan poor, and the brutal syndicates who exploit them. It is also a wild indictment of southern Italian mores, far from the verities of the pasta commercial.

Heartily recommended.


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