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A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in London, Irel&hellip by Anjelica Huston
I usually avoid celeb biographies but this seemed promising: you'd expect the actress/model daughter of legendary director John Huston to have a few colourful tales to tell, and it's had some respectable reviews.
This first book in what looks like a series deals with the philandering, self-obsessed lifestyles of her extraordinary parents and their wealthy and arty friends, which resulted in a childhood and adolescence of benign neglect in Ireland and London. It ends with her move to L.A. in 1973 after the death of her mother.
It's an easy read and she can certainly write, but it left me feeling disappointed. It's not one of those tell-all, gossipy memoirs that sets out to… Read more
Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough
Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I'm a sucker for a sweeping family saga, and I remember absolutely loving The Thorn Birds (VMC) thirty or more years ago - so this seemed a good bet at a bargain price.
But either my tastes have changed or this author has gone downhill in the intervening years, because this story of four sisters sorting out their love lives and nursing careers in 1920s backwoods Australia made for a plodding bore of a book.
Two stars for an interesting opening and a satisfying ending, but the superficial characters, the odd situations, the pages of dull description and repetition, the wordy and unlikely dialogue which makes everyone sound… Read more
The Outcast Dead: A Ruth Galloway Investigation by Elly Griffiths
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I haven't been very kind to Elly Griffiths in the past, but I keep coming back to these books so she must be getting something right.
I loved the premise of the series - forensic archaeologist and single mother Ruth Galloway solving mysteries while sorting out her tangled love life - and, like all the others, this is an easy read. There's a cast of credible characters, the settings are interesting and evocative (with the supernatural elements just stopping this side of cheesy), and there's enough information about Ruth's work and social life to make her seem current and real.
If it's a successful formula, does it matter that every book is more or less the same? This is perhaps the… Read more

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