Jo Skipp

Helpful votes received on reviews: 75% (15 of 20)
Location: Broadstairs, Kent


Top Reviewer Ranking: 299,836 - Total Helpful Votes: 15 of 20
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning and Unique, 23 July 2013
I cant recommend this book enough. But make sure you have a box of tissues next to you for the ending.

I am not going to spoil the ending, but essentially Markus makes us fall in love with the main characters, including even death. Departure is wonderfully told, beautifully and calmly unveiled.

The book tells the story of a young girl growing up in Germany through WWII and from that perspective is unique in its approach. I feel sure this will make it onto the national curriculum at some stage.

His portrayal of the characters, the scenes and the final stages of death pulls at the heart strings and leaves you with a true sense of loss when you close the… Read more
Yamaha YSP2200 Digital Sound Projector by Yamaha
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st Clasee, 23 July 2013
Bought this on the basis that it was reviewed to a high standard in the What Hi Fi Magazine. I firmly believe that you get what you pay for and although this is more expensive than most competition, its an excellent product that far out performs any rivals. Great sound quality, good choice of listening modes. Product looks stylish and slick and easy to set up. Have already recommended to several friends.
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy winner, 23 July 2013
This is the first Mantel book I have read, and I was interested in seeing if it was a worthy winner of the Booker Prize last year. In my opinion, it definitely was, and certainly didn't fail to deliver.

A superb cast of characters, deftly intermingled, and beautifully played; this was a book where you couldn't afford to loose concentration for a second. But that makes it the most wonderful challenge. Loved Mantels character list at the front of the book, which I constantly had to refer to, in particular to cross check their relationship with Thomas Cromwell. Although challenging to follow, I felt it was worth the effort.

Brilliantly portrayed, this is a picture of… Read more

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