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Helpful votes received on reviews: 76% (26 of 34)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 614,682 - Total Helpful Votes: 26 of 34
A Higher Duty (Ben Schroeder) by Peter Murphy
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gripping read, 11 Oct 2013
This book is one of the most enjoyable that I have read this year, so I strongly agree with the praise that has been heaped on it. It is set in the early 1960s, about a decade before the author started out in legal practice himself by my reckoning, and it presents a fairly bleak picture of the bar. The snobbery, the sexism, the Anti-Semitism widespread within the legal profession at that time are presented without mercy. And so is the fundamental lack of integrity among senior barristers whose higher duty sometimes seems to be the protection of 'people of quality' from their social inferiors. My only criticism would be that it is often a bit hard to tell the senior barristers apart and that… Read more
Lisbon by Neill Lochery
Lisbon by Neill Lochery
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is very disappointing. There could have been a great book on Lisbon during the Second World War. But instead of a broad, overarching acccount, we get a very episodic work that gives every impression of being written in a hurry. The tone is superficial throughout, and the proofreading and style are very poor. This is one to miss. Wait for a better book on the same subject (if one doesn't already exist).
Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I didn't like this book at all. All kinds of claims are made that this isn't just an "English-middle-class-renting-a villa-on-the-Med" novel, but that is is precisely what it was for me. The pretentious and jejune psychobabble in the novel presumably is meant to justify this claim, but it didn't work for me. The story is uninteresting, the characters are very difficult to like, including the two that we are are meant to sympathise with, Joe and Kitty, the two nutters. But they are even more odious and irritating than the other characters, particularly Kitty. I should have known better than to buy a Booker-shortlisted novel (usually a sure sign of a dull read), but this is more of a turkey… Read more

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