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A Boy and a Bear in a Boat
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat
by Dave Shelton
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best children's books I've ever read, 7 Aug 2012
A few months ago, a friend of mine bought my 8 year old daughter Dave SHelton's "A Boy and a Bear in a Boat". AT 290 pages, it's certainly one of the longer kids' books out there, and so it took until the lat fortnight when we had enough time together to read it start to finish.

This is genuinely one of the best books - never mind children's books - I have ever read. The two of us would welcome bedtime as it gave us a chance to follow more of the seemingly inept Bear and the young boy who learns plenty of life lessons during his voyage with his ursine friend. Beautifully illustrated, "A Boy and a Bear in a Boat" is, in places, laugh out loud funny, particularly when the pair are engaging in 'on-board entertainment' or deciding whether to eat The Very Last Sandwich.

I absolutely loved this book, and you'd have to have a heart of stone not to love it too. Give your child a real treat and read it aloud to them over the next week or two.

Beneath This Burning Shoreline
Beneath This Burning Shoreline
Price: 8.08

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anothe great album from one of Britain's finest current bands, 14 July 2010
The brainchild of Boltonian Simon Aldred, Cherry Ghost return with "Beneath This Burning Shoreline", the follow up to their superb debut release "Thirst For Romance".

From the opening Johnny Cash-esque beats of "We Sleep On Stones", you know it is going to be an epic, soaring record and the band don't disappoint. In much the same way as 2007's "Thirst For Romance", there is a mixture of styles here and the high quality of the songwriting is what really stands out. Aldred won an Ivor Novello for the 2007 song "People Help The People" and tracks such as "Luddite" and "The Night They Buried Sadie Clay" will only further enhance his reputation.

Whilst we had to wait until the end of "Thirst For Romance" for the majestic, melodic anthem "Mathematics", the highlight of "Beneath This Burning Shoreline" is track 4 - "Kissing Strangers". A atunningly beautiful song, it is destined to be one of the singles of 2010.

Beautifully crafted guitar albums are few and far between these days. However, in "Beneath This Burning Shoreline" you get a record stuffed full of brilliant, anthemic songs, superbly performed.

Highly recommended.

The Pretender
The Pretender
by David Belbin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.26

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, engaging thriller, 14 July 2010
This review is from: The Pretender (Paperback)
"The Pretender" tells the story of a young man, Mark Trace, who realises he has a talent for imitating the work of well-known writers. What begins as a childish prank soon becomes deadly serious as Trace's writing career takes a number of turns he didn't expect....

I absolutely loved "The Pretender". The author's obvious affection for the writers and literature featured in the book are evident, and there is clearly a passion here for the subject matter. The characterisation is terrific, and by the time I got past half way, I couldn't put it down.

Beautifully paced, well written and with a wholly original story, I'd recommend "The Pretender" to anyone. Superb.

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