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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great novel, 14 May 2013
I came across this book in a little indie bookshop, it was face-out on the shelf. The cover grabbed me first, I'd not heard of the author before. I started reading it, and bought it there and then.
The book is told in a dual narrative, the author Ruth's story and Nao story which took place a few years earlier. At first I found Nao's story the most fascinating; I couln't quite figure out Ruth's. She's the author and an author in the book who finds the diary which contains Nao's story. I liked Nao; her immediate storytelling, yet wise comments. The bullying she endures brought tears to my eyes.
I never quite warmed to Ruth's story; I didn't really like her all that much. However,… Read more
Waiting for Gonzo by Dave Cousins
Waiting for Gonzo by Dave Cousins
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, funny novel, 14 May 2013
I had heard good things about Dave Cousin's first book, so when his second fell into my hands, I wanted to give it a go. I am glad I did, it's a great book.
Comically funny, but incredibly warm with it. I liked Oz, the main character who slowly realises that having had to move away from his mates means the end of a friendship but who doesn't moan about it all the time. Mainly because he has bigger things to worry about - and life goes on. I liked that his mum is an artist, you don't find too many of those in books.
I also liked the length; it's not 600 pages long and that's a good thing! There should be more books which say what they have to say in short, but moving form. Not a… Read more
Tomte und der Fuchs by Astrid Lindgren
Tomte und der Fuchs by Astrid Lindgren
5.0 out of 5 stars A Winter Classic, 31 Oct 2012
I grew up with this story, read to me by my parents at bed-time. I am delighted that it is still around and that I could just buy a copy for my daughter! I hope she will grow up loving it as much as I did as a little girl.

It's a story about a Tomte who lives on a farm and protects it, its animals and people and a hungry fox. The Tomte deals beautifully with the fox, sharing his own meal so that no chickens have to die and the fox doesn't go hungry.

The text is printed in more than one colour which makes reading it aloud especially simple - and gives the book a special feel to it.

Highly recommended for reading on cold autumn and winter nights.

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