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The Silent Striker
The Silent Striker
by Pete Kalu
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars This is a funny, touching and inspiring YA novel, 13 July 2015
This review is from: The Silent Striker (Paperback)
This is a funny, touching and inspiring YA novel. A story discussing the gifted young footballer Marcus and the problems he faces and how he overcomes them. A welcome story that discusses deafness and cultural identity. Well written, funny, Kalu has an ear for teenage dialogue, no pun intended. A fine novel, compelling with emotional resonance.

by Peter Kalu
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Jack Horner, 20 April 2008
This review is from: LITTLE JACK HORNER (Paperback)
This is a slick, fast paced novel set in a fictional northern town. Kalu shines a perceptive light on the racial feelings underlying such towns. Here's a description of how people feel when new neighbours move in- 'The Indians lowered the tone in the eyes of the whites. Then the Pakistanis lowered the tone in the eyes of the Indians. Then the Bangladeshis came and the Pakistanis thought they lowered the tone. And the Bangladeshis thought the Sudanese and Albanians lowered the tone.'

At the novel's heart is the apparent sense less murder of an asian man; and its investigation by Delroy Johnson. A part time chuch goer, womaniser and investigator. Kalu has a natural gift for bringing to life the strains of a domestic asian household with a good ear for dialogue- all done with a touch of humour.

The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul
The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul
by Patrick French
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The world is what it is., 13 April 2008
This is a terrific autobiography of Sir V S Naipaul. Patrick French's style of writing is very economic, real page turner- and it helps that he has chosen such a writer. I am not going to comment on the controversial politics of V S Naipaul, but there are lines in this book that make you laugh out loud. For days afterwards! Here's what Naipaul said on hearing about the fatwa against Salman Rushdie, ''It's an extreme form of literary criticism.''

I wished there had been a chapter devoted to the craft of writing and his writing influences for all aspiring writers. His favourite author 'Balzac...I suppose.' Just makes you laugh.

Sir V S Naipaul has also opened himself to real public scrutiny, brutaly honest. When everything is taken into account this honesty has to be admired. There will be many in depth reviews to follow I'm sure - but I highly recommend this book.

A River in May
A River in May
by Edward Wilson
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Vietnam war, 29 Jun. 2007
This review is from: A River in May (Paperback)
This is a terrific novel, and i'm not surprised that it was short listed for the Commonwealth Writers Prize. In Leiutenant Lopez, Edward Wilson has created a character who has to deal with the moral, social and sheer horror of that war. The pace is very good and you can't stop turning the page; this is my first Vietnam war novel and i highly recommend it to anyone who wants to read something completely different.

The novel is punctuated with great lines and really humourous, sharp and engaging dialogue- this comes from the fact That Edward wilson served as an officer in that war. A line I liked from the novel 'You should use the past as a book from which to learn, not as a knife to cut yourself.'

I look forward to his next novel.

The South American Diaries
The South American Diaries
by John Hopkins
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Absorbing read!, 5 Feb. 2007
'An absolutely fascinating read. John Hopkins is a fine writer, economic with his sentences, which lends the writing its power. I was enlightened to a new world- one roots for him from the beginning, because of his tense relationship with Madeleine. One can see the crash coming, but are unable to stop reading!

He captures beautifully the South America of the early 1970's, his sincere compassion for the many different, struggling people- especially the native Indians. He must have been one of the first to highlight the destruction of the Amazon forest, the growing slums around all the major cities. Also the struggles, doubts and apprehensions of being a writer are truly expressed.

I couldn't help feeling however that he could have added even more stories from the numerous people he met on his travels- perhaps its a small desire on my part to keep on reading this fine and honest book!

The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857
The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857
by William Dalrymple
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hats off to W Dalrymple!, 23 Dec. 2006
What a fine writer William Dalrymple is, he has surpassed himself with this latest book, he has brought 1857 to life! I was once at a party where someone pointed him out to me saying he is a travel/historical writer, i so wish i had gone over to him and shook his hands, for at that time i hadn't read any of his work- and as i am myself a just published novelist i wrongly thought i couldn't learn anything from him, and perhaps he might not say too much to me!

I strongly recommend this book to readers and novelists alike, he has such a fluent style, and the extraordinary lives he has described are second to none.

All readers of fine writing will not regret buying this book. It is better than most novels! as a complimentary book to the last mughal i also strongly recommend Abraham Eraly's THE MUGHAL THRONE- a fine writer who perhaps hasn't quite had his due.

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