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Shooting Butterflies by Marika Cobbold
Shooting Butterflies by Marika Cobbold
I'm stunned there aren't at least a thousand five star reviews for any of Marika Cobbold's books. 'Frozen Music' took my breath away with it's freshness and idiosyncratic characters (the mother who, when widowed, stayed in bed and simply ate because now she could will remain one of my favourite supporting characters of a book for all time)and 'Shooting Butterflies' didn't disappoint.
I love the way Marika's female main characters are always so forthright, so un-daintily feminine and so much more than the usual drippy rom-commy females we generally see in women's contemporary fiction. They say what they think, think what they like and are never drawn in a syrupy-'love me do' fashion… Read more
The Red House by Mark Haddon
The Red House by Mark Haddon
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear..., 26 Sep 2013
I hate giving negative reviews and I really tried hard to keep reading this latest offering from Mark Haddon but you know what? As another reviewer has said 'life's too short' and actually it was giving me headaches. I don't mind a little but of head-hopping and omnipresence is great tool for getting a fuller picture, but it was the weird chippy-choppy sentence structure that gave me the 'aaaarrrghhhhh!' factor. Most of it read like a shopping list; like the author was just transferring his character sketches/descriptive stuff from notebook to paperback and it made my eyes hurt.
This is NOT from the book but this is how it felt: "red sky. packets of crisps. Gillian is tired… Read more
Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If there was ever a book-to-film then this surely must be it. Everything stopped the minute I picked this up (housework ... cooking... getting out of bed)and I have since spread the word. And the word is READ IT! (forgive the maths).
What stands out for me, with Paula's brilliant debut novel (how is it possible that a FIRST book is so good?)is the ease with which it's told. It's the way the characters could be you and me. It's the simplicity of conveying a scenario so unbelievable that makes it SO believable.
I envy those who have yet to read this and I am bereaved that I have finished it. I can't wait for the next Paula Daly:)

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