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Curtain Call
Curtain Call
Price: £8.10

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just wonderful, 24 Jan. 2015
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This is a beautifully written, sparky and extremely funny murder mystery that effortlessly captures the theatrical and journalistic world of the 1930s. In a way the murder plot is almost extraneous, because one is so caught up in the characters themselves. It made me instantly want to read all the author's other novels. Strongly recommended!


Crooked Heart
Crooked Heart
by Lissa Evans
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An utter joy, 27 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Crooked Heart (Hardcover)
Wonderfully written and intensely humorous, with the wit of Cold Comfort Farm and the charm of PG Wodehouse, this is a magnificent novel with lines that are still resounding in my head weeks after finishing it. Its author deserves great acclaim.


Berlin: Imagine a City
Berlin: Imagine a City
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious and insightful, 6 May 2014
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This is an eclectic, novelistic journey through Berlin's history, revealing the city through a multitude of people and perspectives. Highly recommended.


Black Rainbow: How words healed me: my journey through depression
Black Rainbow: How words healed me: my journey through depression
Price: £2.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read - compelling and beautifully written, 6 May 2014
This is a searing honest account of how one woman's life was devastated by depression and the ways she discovered to lift herself out of it, If you have ever been depressed you will find ideas and strategies that help you, but if you have never been troubled by depression in your life, I would recommend it all the more for the insights the author provides. The extraordinary perspective and fluid, poetic style make this autobiography stand out.


Noble Endeavours: The life of two countries, England and Germany, in many stories
Noble Endeavours: The life of two countries, England and Germany, in many stories
Price: £6.33

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous read, 26 Sept. 2013
This is a wonderfully entertaining, far-reaching account of the complex relationship between England and Germany. Crammed with enticing biographies, many of which would in themselves make longer stories, it's the kind of book you want to sit back in your armchair and enjoy. Education by stealth!


Uncommon Enemy
Uncommon Enemy
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it a lot, 6 April 2013
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Another slow burning thriller from Alan Judd, far more subtle and authentic than many spy books around. Beautifully plotted and compelling. Enjoyed it a lot.


The Blind Side of the Heart
The Blind Side of the Heart
by Julia Franck
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary, deep, moving, 23 Oct. 2010
This is an unforgettable novel. Profound, deeply moving and quite harrowing in places, it is also a story that will remain with you. I totally recommend it.


A Diary of The Lady: My First Year as Editor
A Diary of The Lady: My First Year as Editor
by Rachel Johnson
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly funny, destined to be a classic, 4 Oct. 2010
People often say they couldn't put a book down, but in this case, it was practically true. Rachel Johnson's savagely funny account of how she was appointed editor of the down at heel Lady magazine, shook it up, raised the circulation and did battle with the aristocratic owners, is definitely the diary of the year. Johnson is a natural diarist, whether it is handling a distrustful readership (average age 78), itemising the incontinence products in her intray or producing a "Menopause special", she has an wicked eye for detail. I can't be the only person who thinks this would make a brilliant film.
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Emperor's River: Travels to the Heart of a Resurgent China
Emperor's River: Travels to the Heart of a Resurgent China
by Liam James D'Arcy-Brown
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic insight into the real China, 3 Oct. 2010
If you want to know more about the real China, and who doesn't these days, this is an absolute must. Liam D'Arcy-Brown gives a fascinating, funny, frequently poignant insight into the land along China's great Grand Canal. One of the things that sets this travel story apart is his attention to language. He has an almost poetic eye for words and you learn an unexpected amount about the way Mandarin is written and spoken. This is a book that deserves to be widely read and much better known.


The Kaiser's Last Kiss
The Kaiser's Last Kiss
by Alan Judd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars small masterpiece, 29 Jan. 2010
This review is from: The Kaiser's Last Kiss (Paperback)
A story that lingers long after you have finished the book, this is a small masterpiece which deserves to be better known. Judd's portrayal of a young Nazi officer is tender and utterly believable. It would, in fact, make a lovely film. Hollywood take note!


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