R. Selby

Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (51 of 60)
Location: Sevenoaks, Kent United Kingdom


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,836,625 - Total Helpful Votes: 51 of 60
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 7 Nov 2013
Beautifully written, and, with the Buddhist influence, profound at times. The ending fell a bit short, but this is a novel I'd highly recommend.
Cameron: The Rise of the New Conservative by Francis Elliott
19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
This book is immensely informative and easy to read, and fascinating to boot.

The two parts that stuck out in my mind were the chapters on Cameron's disabled son, Ivan, and the chapter in which Cameron lost the seat of Stafford in 1997. On a dreadful night for the Tories, the so-called 'safe Tory seat' lost its 10,000 majority to Labour. Abandoned by the constituency party, Cameron faced alone a town hall with the celebrating New Labour groupies and the Monster Raving Loony Party. This was topped off at the end of the night by a tearful pensioner saying to Cameron, "I don't want to die under a Labour government." Stung, Cameron vowed to do something about it.

The… Read more
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Special Indeed, 15 Oct 2006
This is a very fresh, bubbling read from a young glamerous author who will go on to do great things. It's really a who-done-it, but the first half of the book contains some wonderfully observed references to literature and the interaction between school kids. Clever and witty, and in places reminding me of Joyce Carol Oates's - 'I'll Take You There'.

The second half tumbles at a hundred miles an hour, deepens in darkness, and after page 300 I just couldn't put it down. The injustices the main character - Blue - receives from her fellow 'bluebloods' is superbly observed and makes you want to scream out.

Minuses; The editors could have done more editing. Just when the… Read more

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