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House of Orphans by Helen Dunmore
House of Orphans by Helen Dunmore
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another world, 3 Mar 2007
This is one of those incredibly satisying novels that takes you into an unfamiliar world and then propels you along through terrific characters and a satisfying plot. I never knew I'd be interested in Finland in the 1900s, but I was gripped, and taken into two contrasting worlds of Helsinki the new modern city and the backwoods of the Finnish countryside. It's a love story -- a triangular one -- and it's also about revolution and terrorism and full of suspense.

The characters are by turns noble, touching and sinister -- and sometimes all three.

Thoroughly recommended.
The Complete Book of Aunts by Rupert Christiansen
The Complete Book of Aunts by Rupert Christiansen
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My giddy aunt, 4 Nov 2006
This has to be the perfect present for you-know-who this Christmas -- what a wise, witty and clever book. Full of gripping detail about real live aunts and their nephews and nieces and amazing research on aunts in history and literature. Great illustrations too !
Sound Bites: Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand by Alex Kapranos
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
If you enjoyed Alex Kapranos' columns in The Guardian over the last year, you'll enjoy this book even more. There's more to it than those columns -- besides extra pieces of writing there are funny and clever illustrations. This is a wonderfully oblique and odd account of life on the road in a rock band, and Alex Kapranos' use of language is always unexpected and unusual, sometimes even unsettling.

A clever, charming and sexy book. And it will make you hungry...

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