Roger Risborough

 
Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,659
Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (441 of 559)
Location: Richmond
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,659 - Total Helpful Votes: 441 of 559
Last Days of the Bus Club by Chris Stewart
Last Days of the Bus Club by Chris Stewart
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I hesitate to give this book its lowest star rating so far, if only to avoid the good kicking that normally leads to in "unhelpful" votes from friends, family (I'm sure that won't be the case here), and die-hard fans who hand-out 5 star reviews unquestioningly . . .
Leaving Amazon politics to one side, I was seduced into reading this after hearing the author on the radio, and had always meant to read one of his books. Maybe it was unfair to start with the fourth (and last?) part of the trilogy (author's joke), because this book refers back constantly to the earlier books, and Chris Stewart's story is no longer that of the outsider struggling with an unfamiliar culture, landscape and… Read more
The Deaths by Mark Lawson
The Deaths by Mark Lawson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Build My Gallows High, 22 Jun 2014
The "Deaths" of the title are revealed in the second chapter of this novel - but what is not apparent until late-on, is who has actually died. The murderer, though, is obvious from page one - It's Mark Lawson himself, who unflinchingly stabs-in-the-back the conspicuously-consumerist home-counties middle-classes as they struggle to come to terms with the recent recession. Our main protagonists, "The Eight" (as they self-refer) are four couples living in near-identical grand houses in a fictional village somewhere between Milton Keynes and the M40. Membership of "The Eight" dictates their social lives (endless dinner parties with the same guest list), their households… Read more
Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life by Nina Stibbe
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dear Nina . . ., 11 Jun 2014
This is fresh and fun, and very much in the rhythm of "Dear Lupin", with the whole book comprising one half of a postal correspondence from years ago. In Dear Lupin, that correspondence was between errant son and forgiving father - here it's sister-in-the-sticks and sister-in the-bright-lights-of-literati-London. Our writer and heroine, Nina ("Stibbe") escapes small-town Lincolnshire to be billeted as a nanny in Gloucester Terrace in the eighties. Her employer is the editor of the London Review of Books, and immediate neighbours include Alan Bennett, Claire Tomalin and Michael Frayn. So there's name dropping on every page, along with cultural reminders from down the years… Read more

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