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The Jazz Baroness [DVD]
The Jazz Baroness [DVD]
Dvd ~ Helen Mirren
Price: £6.00

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure magic, 20 Jun. 2012
This review is from: The Jazz Baroness [DVD] (DVD)
Fabulous fabulous fabulous
I bought this documentary after reading Hannah Rothschild's brilliant book 'The Baroness'. This film tells the same story through music, interview and stunning images.
You dont have to like jazz to love this film- you will LOVE it anyway.


Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey
by E L James
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

130 of 139 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh please really, 31 May 2012
This review is from: Fifty Shades of Grey (Paperback)
Oh please really. We are asked to identify with a beautiful, wonderful gloriously intelligent 21 year old virgin who has multiple orgasms at the site of a paddle and rope. Her demonic, handsome sadistic boyfriend hurts and humiliates her (but all in the nicest most legal way of course)and she spends hundreds of pages wondering if this is a good thing or not. the only reason to stick with him is his private aeroplane, collection of cars and nice valet. Please tell me women's lib has got a bit further and that it takes more than S and M to inspire lust.
It is compulsive reading but please can someone come up with something more life enhancing, better written and erotic which doesnt portray woman as utterly mindless.
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River of Smoke (Ibis Trilogy 2)
River of Smoke (Ibis Trilogy 2)
by Amitav Ghosh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious, 31 May 2012
Glorious, meandering, captivating second part of Ibis trilogy. Read Sea of Poppies first and get transported into a historical melodrama. If you thought you werent interested in the opium trade, international warfare, flora and fauna, sailing and slavery then think again.


The Sense of an Ending
The Sense of an Ending
by Julian Barnes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreary beyond belief, 31 May 2012
This review is from: The Sense of an Ending (Paperback)
Quite the most dreary book i have read for a long time. Wanted to kick the utterly self piteous, wet and gormless lead in his proverbials. Cant imagine why his wife didnt leave sooner and no wonder the ex he got in touch with legged it at every opportunity.


Capital
Capital
by John Lanchester
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Whoops a miss, 12 May 2012
This review is from: Capital (Hardcover)
Lanchester's last book Whoops was an extraordinary feat, managing to make the dry, complex world of high finance both comprehensible and riveting. He is such a good writer that the fictional treatment of the same area mixed with human stories should have been a knock out. Unfortunately, there are simply too many characters and Lanchester can't successfully herd them into one cohesive structure. the reader becomes bamboozled by their number and ultimately stops caring about most. Capital needed a really good editor and a red pen- the author was let down badly by his publishers.


Sea of Poppies
Sea of Poppies
by Amitav Ghosh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and glorious, 12 May 2012
This review is from: Sea of Poppies (Paperback)
Do please try both River of Smoke and Sea of Poppies, the first two of a trilogy. Set in China during the Opium Wars, the author successfully interweaves the stories of those affected by the bloody massacres and internecine dealings of the British, Indian and Chinese governments. Many attempts to tell complicated historical stories from many perspectives end up in a kind of pea soup of confusion. Not these. Indeed i can remember all the characters, their plights, hopes and dreams and can't wait for part 3.


Pure
Pure
by Andrew Miller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars almost perfect, 12 May 2012
This review is from: Pure (Paperback)
This book has everything- a rollicking plot, superb detail, three dimensional characters, the ability to transport the reader to an unknown place, a dramatic, entirely credible setting, love, mystery and glorious writing. Can't recommend it more highly.


Skios
Skios
Price: £5.03

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars farsical fun, 12 May 2012
This review is from: Skios (Kindle Edition)
Frayn writes with great precision and insight but the vehicle he's chosen is an utterly ridiculous and enjoyable farce. For those who remember Noises off and love that genre, Skios is perfect. Though i couldnt stop reading, the overall effect at the end was 'what was that all about'. Perfect holiday/weekend read but not quite vintage Frayn.


Can We Still Be Friends
Can We Still Be Friends
by Alexandra Shulman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars yes and no, 12 May 2012
Lots of good things about this book- about friendship, about the 80's, about women struggling to find a place in the world. But the relationships never quite come to life, the details never quite feel owned, the story never quite takes off.


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