Alison Leonard

Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (70 of 83)
Location: Chester United Kingdom


Top Reviewer Ranking: 47,782 - Total Helpful Votes: 70 of 83
The Barn at the End of the World: The Apprenticesh&hellip by Mary Rose O'Reilley
This is one of my all-time favourite books of spiritual wisdom. I'm now on my third reading, and I know I will come back to it many more times. Why? Because it has two qualities that are rare in spiritual writing: it's original, and this woman can truly write. She's gritty, funny, unexpected, and every so often she comes up with something that says to you: 'I knew that - but I didn't know I knew it.' One 'health warning': some of the shepherd stuff is gruesome. But it all adds to the growth of this writer and this reader. She has a wonderful sense of irony, is honest to the bone, and if she doesn't know the answer, boy, will she say so. Whether it's sheep s***, Catholic nunnery, sex or… Read more
Various Pets Alive and Dead by Marina Lewycka
Various Pets Alive and Dead by Marina Lewycka
I'm a great fan of ML and this is well up to standard at the same time as being quite different from each of her others. Laugh out loud, yes, but with keen insights into the seductive, addictive nature of City gambling and how it gambles away huge chunks of all our lives. The Marxists are wonderfully and intimately portrayed, with their learning disabled, truth-telling daughter the heroine of many scenes. Skilfully plotted, warm of heart - first rate.
Longbourn by Jo Baker
Longbourn by Jo Baker
Well, Tom Stoppard, you have a competitor in the Rosencrantz & Guildenstern stakes. But this is far more than a 'famous work of literature seen from the back- or under-side'. It's a hugely impressive novel in its own right. Beware: this is not a means of understanding Lizzie Bennet better than you did from your many re-readings of P&P; it is a whole new world, one which will turn your P&P world upside-down. How did you feel about Mr Bennet? Fluffy, bit stuffy, stuck in his library to retreat from his wife's Nerves? Think again...

The servants, Sarah, James, Mrs Hill, Ptolemy, are all human beings brought to wild and sympathetic life by Jo Baker. The plot is intricate, the setting… Read more