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Shut Up Brain! by James Conmy
Shut Up Brain! by James Conmy
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
James Conmy has a wonderful take on the world; at the same time witty, tender and sharp. His stories are delicious, they make you nod and grin as you read them, in recognition and delight. I've been following his work for a few years online, it totally deserves a book and it's a thrill to find he's published one. His inimitable conversations with his brain are deceptively anecdotal; with a feather-light touch and huge wit he illuminates all our everyday skirmishes with life, love and other people. Mostly love. Reading Conmy is a total delight and leaves you wanting to write yourself.
Myra, Beyond Saddleworth by Jean Rafferty
Myra, Beyond Saddleworth by Jean Rafferty
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This book is about what it might have been like for Myra Hindley to live out a few more years of life, anonymously, middle aged, after 40 years in prison.

It is a psychological study, a lyrical account, and also a thriller. I found it powerful, truthful, involving, believable, riveting and provocative but also oddly simple. Simple because it feels like life; the book seems to ripple in your hands. The sense of place, the feeling of visiting another mindset, the rawness of the sexuality, the subtle way Myra's charisma is conveyed; you find yourself able to imagine how it might feel to be inside the mind of an extreme narcissist (and grateful that you don't live there!)… Read more
The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a beautiful book, 19 April 2010
This is a beautiful book ; starting out as a comic description of a large, vain man with bowel trouble and far too many scheming wives, which could easily have become a shrill treatise - but it develops instead as a multi-voiced, multi-layered narrative about the workings of a polygamous Nigerian household and its secrets, which unravel dramatically and touchingly over the course of the story. The characters come alive so powerfully, each in their own voice, that when I finished, I felt for days afterwards I was walking around with Bolanle, Segi, Baba Segi and the others in my head.

Ms Shoneyin uses comedy, a poetic sensibility, powerful imagery and a very humane approach - not… Read more

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