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My Notorious Life by Madame X
My Notorious Life by Madame X
by Kate Manning
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.08

5.0 out of 5 stars great, 6 Sep 2014
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A glorious, grotty story set in the backstreets of New York in the 19th century. The story revolves around the life of Axie Muldoon, stories about life, birth, death, love and family and the terrible choices unwanted pregnant woman made who visited Axie, Not your soft focused lens in Call The Midwife. A great social statement.


The Two Week Wait
The Two Week Wait
by Sarah Rayner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars great, 6 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Two Week Wait (Paperback)
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Set in England, THE TWO WEEK WAIT follows Cath in Yorkshire and Lou in Brighton on their separate yet connected journey toward motherhood. Lou has recently dealt with having had a fibroid tumor removed and was told that if she wanted children she should do so sooner than later. Cath has survived cancer and with the help of an egg donor is told that she can carry a child. These women have never met yet their lives become intertwined.

Telling the story in the present tense, the author makes the reader feel as though they are on the roller coaster journey of IVF with the characters. What happens in these women’s lives with their significant other; their family; and their friends will have you feeling every emotion possible. And then, the very last sentence of the book~~seven words~~don’t skip ahead and read them. Just wait for it. Worth the wait.


The Long Shadow
The Long Shadow
by Mark Mills
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

3.0 out of 5 stars I liked it, 6 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Long Shadow (Hardcover)
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Overall this is a good book. While not truly central to the plot, the family relationships involved are ridiculously complicated. I don't think that it would have revealed anything significant to have some family trees at the beginning. My other complaint is why they would change an excellent and appropriate title of "A Place in the Sun" to "The Long Shadow."


Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
by Ben Fountain
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A story of war and sport., 6 Sep 2014
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After a deadly firefight with Iraqi insurgents caught on video by Fox News, eight U.S. soldiers are turned into media stars. Nineteen-year-old Billy Lynn is the lead character and as the squad are sent on a two-week nationwide “victory tour” to drum up support for the war, they mourn the death of one of their own. Wow what a story and current with its battle for the readers’ belief in war and its purpose and human personal consequences.


From Here to Eternity (Penguin Modern Classics)
From Here to Eternity (Penguin Modern Classics)
by James Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars raw and shocking classic, 6 Sep 2014
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A tale of how men who are trained to fight the enemy cannot resist fighting each other. In the army Prew wont conform. He could have been the best boxer and the best bugler in his division. But when he refuses to box for his company he is given The Treatment. a relentless campaign of physical and mental abuse. A raw shocking account of the soldier’s life in the months leading up to Pearl Harbour.


Between Love and Honor
Between Love and Honor
by Alexandra Lapierre
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.46

5.0 out of 5 stars loved it, 5 Sep 2014
This review is from: Between Love and Honor (Paperback)
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A novel based on a true story that chronicles the coming-of-age of a young man torn by impossible choices wrought by love and conflicting loyalties of religion. A story and theme as relevant today as in the 19th century where the story unfolds. Brilliant.


The Wrong Knickers - A Decade of Chaos
The Wrong Knickers - A Decade of Chaos
by Bryony Gordon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not for me, 1 Sep 2014
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Maybe I’m just getting old but a book about drug taking and sleeping around is not something that inspires me as a reader. The main character Bryony is a confused 20 something girl trying to make her own way in the world. Funny in places and probably true to life just not my cup of tea.


Sir David Frost: Hollywood Greats: Shirley MacLaine (Sir David Frost Hollywood Lege)
Sir David Frost: Hollywood Greats: Shirley MacLaine (Sir David Frost Hollywood Lege)
by David Frost
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £9.10

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great, 1 Sep 2014
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A great 1 hour audio CD. David Frost talks to Shirley Maclaine. This interview is available as a download but I think it’s always good to have the actual hardcopy! In this fascinating interview Shirley Maclaine gives a frank account of her time in show business. She recounts how she became enthralled in the glamor and glitz of Hollywood when she took her younger brother, Warren Beatty, to the local movie house and is eloquent on the subject of her extraordinary life, a great program that is one of a new series of Hollywood great interviews.


The Age of Miracles
The Age of Miracles
by Karen Thompson Walker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £4.45

5.0 out of 5 stars great, 1 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Age of Miracles (Hardcover)
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I read this novel in one sitting I just could not put it down! The theme might be thought of as ‘the end of days’ but it’s much much more than that and without giving away the ending not really ‘the end’ so to speak. The novel is written almost in a diary form and is told from the perspective of a young girl over a year plus period of time.. It’s just brilliant and I would highly recommend this book to any of you who wonder what the future may bring, I can see a follow up to this one without giving the story away too much, certainly very believable.


Broken Dolls (Jefferson Winter)
Broken Dolls (Jefferson Winter)
by James Carol
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!, 1 Sep 2014
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A great Novel. If you lave Lee Child’s character Jack Reacher or Dexter then this novel will be right up your street. The main character Jeffrey Winter will run and run and I hope to see more of him in future novels. A really gory story with some great twists and turns.


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