Profile for Jean Rafferty > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Jean Rafferty
Top Reviewer Ranking: 102,815
Helpful Votes: 32

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Jean Rafferty

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2
pixel
The Upside-Down Jesus and Other Stories
The Upside-Down Jesus and Other Stories
by Karen Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transcending a Difficult Form, 12 Aug. 2014
The short story is a really difficult form, easy to make too neat or predictable. But Karen Jones's honesty as a writer transcends questions of form.
The settings of these short stories and flash fictions are Scottish - some nostalgic, set in childhood, some touching; others disturbing, like the man who steals an egg every week or my own favourite, ‘Natural Instinct,’ a dark and unsettling story about the complicated feelings of teenagers after a murder.
Throughout, the writing is clever and skilful, full of interesting detail. It’s often subtle, sometimes funny, always fresh.
But more than anything, these stories feel true.


I Murdered My Library (Kindle Single)
I Murdered My Library (Kindle Single)
Price: £1.15

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not because I didn't enjoy it - I did - but as punishment to ..., 11 Aug. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is a subject that will interest every person whose book collection has outgrown their house. I'm giving it four stars instead of five, not because I didn't enjoy it - I did - but as punishment to Ms Grant for not reassuring me! I need to get rid of lots of books and want to know I won't miss them. After reading this I'm not so sure about that!


Beastings
Beastings
Price: £3.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A girl, an abusive priest, a baby, ..., 11 Aug. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Beastings (Kindle Edition)
A girl, an abusive priest, a baby, a chase across fell country. The material is minimal but completely overwhelming. The graphic nature of some of the description is quite stomach-turning, but the intensity of the writing means you just can't turn away from it. You gradually realise it's historical fiction, set in the 19th century post Darwin and Wordsworth - and a particular kind of camping stove! - but actually it's timeless. Powerful, visceral writing. This story will stay with me forever.


The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau
The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau
Price: £4.29

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The timelessness of French small town ambience is beautifully evoked but is counter-balanced by constantly shifting perspectives, 11 Aug. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is a really interesting and paradoxical novel -a book about a maladroit written in the most witty and sophisticated way. The timelessness of French small town ambience is beautifully evoked but is counter-balanced by constantly shifting perspectives on the characters. It's fluently written, seducing you into reading yet another chapter when you should be doing other things. Sad, touching, unsettling, I loved it.


The Prima Donna'S Album Sop
The Prima Donna'S Album Sop
by Various
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 July 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Fantastic value for money, with many arias that are just not covered in other collections.


Close Your Eyes
Close Your Eyes
by Ewan Morrison
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The subject matter is not comfortable but it is utterly compelling, 4 July 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Close Your Eyes (Paperback)
I read this book initially for research, as I was interested in the hippy community it depicted, but I found myself completely drawn in by the turbulence of the emotions, the taut writing, the main character's journey. This is also the most truthful portrayal of a woman by any male writer I've read. The subject matter is not comfortable but it is utterly compelling. I moved from reading out of mild interest to being completely hooked. It's not just the economy and drama of the writing, it's the underlying moral concern for children that raises this to the highest level of writing. No wonder it won the Glenfiddich Prize for fiction.


Call of the Undertow
Call of the Undertow
Price: £8.54

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different lives calling to us, 14 Dec. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Beautifully layered storytelling, combining a deep sense of place and understanding of human pain. The title tells you what it's about, the undertow of guilt, the undertow of different lives calling to us underneath the one we choose. The writing is both subtle and powerful, drawing the reader deeper and deeper into multiple worlds. There is nothing easy or formulaic about this book. A profoundly moving experience.


The Secret Key To The Moors Murder's?
The Secret Key To The Moors Murder's?
Price: £6.71

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking, 30 Aug. 2013
The Secret Key to the Moors Murders is a fascinating read, bringing together research from a huge number of sources in an attempt to explain the thinking behind the murders.
The driving force behind the book is Erica Gregory, who ranges over cultural phenomena from the WH Auden to the White Rose Society to James Joyce's Ulysses, making unexpected connections based on clues she has found in 'The Gates of Janus,' Ian Brady's own book about serial killers.
Written in a lucid and direct style by Jemma Leicester, this book will certainly get you thinking. You may not agree with all of it, but you can't ignore the wide-ranging nature of the research.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Oct 10, 2013 2:13 PM BST


Dead Secret
Dead Secret
by Catherine Deveney
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.70

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is he the man she thought he was?, 7 Aug. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Dead Secret (Paperback)
A novel with heart and depth which examines what happens when a beloved father dies and how easy it is to come adrift from reality in the face of death.
Rebecca, the heroine of the novel, is stubborn, feisty and obsessive, constantly out of step with her own family. When her father dies she is forced to examine not only her own past life but his. Is he the man she thought he was? Does it matter?
Thoughtful and touching, this novel will make you think about your own relationships as well as Rebecca's.


In The Land of Honourable Men - A Musical Odyssey into the Heart of West Africa
In The Land of Honourable Men - A Musical Odyssey into the Heart of West Africa
Price: £5.11

5.0 out of 5 stars ouagadougou nights, 7 Aug. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I absolutely love this book. Those who've read Rowson's previous memoir know how quirky, witty and downright eccentric he is. Transport that to the West African music scene and you're in literary heaven.
This is an adventure with a writer whose observational skills, warmth and love of the ridiculous make for an exhilarating ride. He loves music and he loves people and if there's a better combination I don't know what it is.
I can't imagine many of Rowson's readers will have a particular knowledge of Burkina Faso's entertainment industry but that really doesn't matter. It's just such fun finding out about it.


Page: 1 | 2