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The Morello Letters: Penpal to the Stars
The Morello Letters: Penpal to the Stars
by Duncan McNair
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air, 23 Dec. 2011
I am so happy I discovered this book as I read the second one More Morello Letters first and didn't want it to end! There really is nothing else like this out there at the moment as I am a big fan of humour - it makes a change from comedians' biographies! Being a script writer, I instantly reconciled with the letter form of the book and couldn't believe the range of stars who actually replied to the characters letters. A brilliantly brave, breath of fresh air and engaging read for any age - most highly recommended.


More Morello Letters: Pen Pal to the Super Stars
More Morello Letters: Pen Pal to the Super Stars
by Duncan McNair
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A laugh out loud book, 22 Dec. 2011
I purchased the More Morello Letters book and had it signed by the author, Duncan Mcnair, in my local Waitrose store in Ealing. I love books full of letters and diary entries and so this was just too tempting to pass by! I read the book within one sitting and it was a real page turner. The Morello family were instantly likeable and it was both intriguing and hilarious to see what preposterous propositions they wrote to celebrities and companies. This book is both daring and charming. It is a light hearted read and is a book you will want to share with everyone, especially your family!


Dead End (DI Geraldine Steel)
Dead End (DI Geraldine Steel)
by Leigh Russell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Whodunit', 5 May 2011
The third instalment from Leigh Russell, Dead End is a suspense thriller. After a mutilated body is discovered in a local recreation ground, DI Geraldine Steel returns to investigate the murder of a local headmistress. Confronted by secrets from her past and battling to separate work from her personal life, DI Steel must focus to catch the killer. With many twists and turns to the tale, this fast paced novel is both absorbing and exciting. This crime fiction novel keeps the reader guessing at every turn of the page. A Brilliant read for those who enjoy a classic 'whodunit'.


Follow Me Home
Follow Me Home
by Patrick Bishop
Edition: Paperback

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent., 24 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Follow Me Home (Paperback)
Patrick Bishop has written a sensitive and intelligent novel conveying the sense of humour - and decency - of the British soldier in Afghanistan. Bishop also however skilfully communicates a soldier's sense of isolation and grief, despite the apparent togetherness and shared experiences of infanteers.
The plot of a group of soldiers attempting to find their way back home is a perennial narrative, but this is I believe the first novel to employ such a device for the war in Afghanistan. Major Chris Hunter is right to call Follow Me Home the first great novel of the Afghan war.
Hopefully the audience for this book will be broad. Men and women, soldiers and civilians, should take something from Follow Me Home. The novel is as good a bridge as any for us to use to understand the dangers, sorrows and thrills of those fighting in distant lands.


The Icarus Diaries
The Icarus Diaries
by Kate Hoyland
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced Political Thriller, 2 Mar. 2011
This review is from: The Icarus Diaries (Paperback)
`The Icarus Diaries' brings a breath of sweltering, humid air from the dusty, fictitious capital of Mingoria. Kate Hoyland provides enchanting and vivid descriptions of South East Asia. Through night and day we tensely follow the story of a group of mysterious strangers surviving on sticky rice within a whirlwind of political turmoil. If you read Ian McEwan's work you will love this. The characters April, Hadrwick, Martin and his young son, Sam find themselves fleeing Mingoria after witnessing violence within the capital. This journey represents friendship and tests their psychological and physical strength but is ultimately a quest for freedom.


Death in a Scarlet Coat (Lord Francis Powerscourt)
Death in a Scarlet Coat (Lord Francis Powerscourt)
by David Dickinson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.13

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey, 30 Jan. 2011
This is David Dickinson's tenth novel in the series following Lord Powerscourt on his mysterious journey attempting to uncover the murder of the fifteenth Earl of Candlesbury. The people of Lincolnshire are awaiting the Earl to begin the Hunt. The Master of the Hunt is found dead and his body is hidden beneath blankets, mounted over a horse's back and is approaching his people. It is the uncovering of the Scarlet Coat his is wearing that derives questions concerning the horrific possibilities of his death, unravelling into a discovery of shocking revelations. Death in a Scarlet Coat with its Agatha Christie esque style is a novel exposing the demons behind many locked doors of a crumbling estate, and the depiction of the dysfunctional, not so privileged, Candlesbury brothers. Both Historical and humorous, Dickinson doesn't hold fire with this novel, cleverly ensuring maximum shock and endless page turning.
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Jerusalem: The Biography
Jerusalem: The Biography
by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Edition: Hardcover

134 of 145 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Capital of Blood and Holiness., 22 Jan. 2011
If Jerusalem is a City of World History then it is the capital of blood and holiness. Simon Sebag Montefiore's superb new book is rich with salacious detail, scholarship and narrative drive. Such has been Jerusalem's centrality to history that the author is able to use the city as a prism to shine light upon a number of diverse periods and movements - Roman, Jewish, Christian and Islamic.
The structure of the book is chronological and finely weighted. Jerusalem has witnessed blood upon the hands of Jews, Christians and Muslims alike - yet the author is balanced and insightful enough to praise those rulers and characters of all religions who infused Jerusalem with a sense of tolerance, prosperity and architectural beauty.
Jerusalem may be a long book, but it is never laboured. One can read this book cover to cover, or dip into it to mine facts or comment on your favourite chapters, such as the Crusades or the middle east during WWI or WWII.
Am pleased to say that Jerusalem: The Biography lives up to the anticipation and hype.
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Shadow Force (Death Force)
Shadow Force (Death Force)
by Matt Lynn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.23

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informed and Entertaining., 10 Jan. 2011
Matt Lynn has again written a military thriller that is informed and entertaining. His research is thorough, but never weighs down the pace of the story.
Shadow Force concerns itself with a colourful bunch of mercenaries taking on Somalian pirates. The action set pieces are well orchestrated and there are nice touches of squaddie humour and insider information.
Well written. Good fun. Highly recommended.


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