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Dead Men by Richard Pierce
Dead Men by Richard Pierce
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first novel, 28 Dec 2012
I enjoyed Dead Men very much. Initially uncertain if the contemporary strand of the story could prove as compelling as the interwoven polar scenes of a century ago (which bring Scott's ill-fated expedition palpably to life), as the book progressed I became just as intrigued by Adam and Birdie, an apparently ill-matched pair, and where their relationship would lead. It also became clear that, to work as a novel rather than simply another historical account, the story needed a contemporary narrative and characters to lend it perspective, contrast and relevance to readers today.

Birdie in particular - a kind of wilful female Banksy who happens to share the name of one of Scott's… Read more
Storm Warning: Echoes of Conflict (Salt Modern Fic&hellip by Vanessa Gebbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and original, 17 April 2011
21 stories of power and great psychological insight. They range widely in terms of location, historical period, conflicts global and national, and domestic tragedy - but all focus movingly on those living the effects of past trauma. An event or moment that defines the very different and damaged person they've become. The writing is deceptively simple and concise, not a word wasted, and packed with telling imagery and analogies. Gebbie's earlier collection, Words From A Glass Bubble, I found equally memorable.
The Alice Trap by Kate Rhodes
The Alice Trap by Kate Rhodes
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An object lesson, 20 Jan 2009
Here's the kind of poet that can and should win over people who think of themselves as non-poetry readers. Soft-spoken, intimate poems that pin down moments of joy, intimacy and loss with great deftness and economy. The language is simple but stylish; the voice warm & accessible. It's like listening to a close friend confide in you.

The opening section, the title sequence, charts the end of an affair. Time & again images hit just the right note to reflect the mood of the poem: "long swags of brambles"... "the invisible ink of deleted emails", "my jacket of impervious leather". . Again, this reminded me of a skilled watercolourist who can bring a scene to life in a few light… Read more

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