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Aphrodite's Hat
Aphrodite's Hat
by Salley Vickers
Edition: Hardcover

30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical and Mysterious, 12 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Aphrodite's Hat (Hardcover)
Salley Vickers' well-known light touch and shrewd psychological analysis is brilliantly displayed in this collection of stories exploring the theme of love. The theme is captivatingly portrayed in the title story, whose subject, Aphrodite naked but for a wonderful hat in a painting by Cranach, suggestively adorns the cover. The stories are clever, poignant, wise and often disconcerting and strange. Few are about resolved love, many about the gaps, tragedies and pot holes of love. There are several slightly ghostly stories (I especially liked the one about the poet John Keats) and some very funny ones too (Mrs Radinsky about a medium and The Deal about a precocious six-year old getting the better of her parents). But my favourite was The Indian Child where a 'loquacious' Shakespeare meets and talks with his own creations. For those who loved Miss Garnet's Angel this is vintage Vickers beautifully presented and in cracking form.

Madame Pamplemousse and the Enchanted Sweet Shop
Madame Pamplemousse and the Enchanted Sweet Shop
by Rupert Kingfisher
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cook's favourite cook, 31 Oct. 2010
Perhaps because cooking is in both my name and my family I warmed at once to this clever, well-written series about the famous food specialist Madame Pamplemousse and her intriguing Paris shop of Incredible Edibles. This, the third in the series, sees the young heroine Madeleine beset by school bullies and escaping into the unreliable, seemingly charmed world offered by the obnoxious Madame Bon-Bon. As before my two loved reading of Madeleine's adventures and clamoured for more.

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