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After Adlestrop by Richard Davies
After Adlestrop by Richard Davies
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The whole concept of After Adlestrop is original and extremely well-imagined. It is inspired by the poem by Edward Thomas, about a deserted English country railway platform in 1914. In this novel someone does alight from the train, a young woman. We follow Diana Dumont from 1914 to her death aged 90. As she writes: 'I ran away from home when I was seventeen. I lived through two world wars. I was loved by and loved two wonderful men, one of whose children I bore. I was loved by and loved a wonderful woman. I have killed two men.'
This is a charming story, the characters engage the reader and the narrative maintains momentum throughout. It is graced with Edwardian expressions which give… Read more
Poppy Day by Amanda Prowse
Poppy Day by Amanda Prowse
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I read this remarkable book virtually in one sitting. Amanda Prowse shows great wisdom - emotional and spiritual - in the telling of this story. Her characters are convincing and the gripping tale is spiked with humour. But what I liked most of all was the close identification I felt from the moment the 'action' began. I was constantly being put into situations where I found myself asking 'what would I do here?' As though I was being taken on a journey. Without wanting to give too much away, I thought the best part of the book is that it does not end where a more conventional book might, but deals honestly with the very real issue of PTSD.
Entering the Circle: The Secrets of Ancient Siberi&hellip by Olga Kharitidi
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I feel there are nuggets of real wisdom here, particularly linked to the practice of psychiatry and the human soul/mind. However, whatever wisdom Ms Kharitidi gleaned in the Altai is let down by the writing of this (obviously ghosted) book. Howling errors in the editing (such as 'Lev Gumilkev' instead of 'Lev Gumiliev') lead me to question the authenticity of the rest of the book. For me the book is at its most interesting where she describes her life and work in her Novosibirsk mental hospital and how her shamanic experiences influenced her work with her patients. I wish this had been developed further. I would have given the book fewer stars because it is really let down by the writing,… Read more