Sarah Rayner

"Sarah Rayner"
 
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Location: Brighton

 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,385 - Total Helpful Votes: 704 of 799
Dancing With Words by Bridget Whelan
Dancing With Words by Bridget Whelan
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing for joy, 21 Aug 2014
Wave goodbye to any preconceptions you might have about a collection of stories and poems put together by a writing group - 'it'll be patchy/amateur/a-bit-of-a-slog-to-get through' etc - this is absolutely excellent!

The first poem, Clayton Wood, is so moving I shed a few tears, but stories like The Rival made me laugh too, so you'll experience both highs and lows as you read. If you live in or around Brighton or are familiar with the area there's the added pleasure of recognising the setting of some of the pieces, but don't buy it just because it's for a good cause (though obviously that's a fine reason), or because it's local, buy it because it'll be a *treat*.

I… Read more
Public Battles, Private Wars by Laura Wilkinson
Public Battles, Private Wars by Laura Wilkinson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I suspected when I heard the premise that it would be full of things I'd connect with as I was living in Leeds at the time of the miners' strike, but it's one thing identifying with the subject matter of a novel; another being hooked by a story - and Public Battles, Private Wars did just that. Laura Wilkinson is a natural storyteller - the novel gets going at once (which I confess I'm a sucker for, take note Louis de Bernieres - as if he cares what I think), the characters - Mandy especially - are engaging and rounded, the dialogue authentic and lively, and there's a wonderful sense of time and place. And I liked the end too, but I'll not say why, lest it… Read more
Bad Doctor, The by Ian Williams
Bad Doctor, The by Ian Williams
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Iwan James, a middle-aged GP who works in the middle of nowhere, is a hero out of step somehow with his own life. He works in a far-from idyllic setting, his patients are beset by angst and ailments - as is he - and he worries about his marriage and fantasises about a colleague. Bite-sized stories give us glimpses of different patients, the doctor's home life and childhood, and make the whole easily digestible in one sitting - perhaps deceptively so, as on closer examination there's plenty of philosophic meat on The Bad Doctor's bones.

Although Williams' style and voice is very much his own, the gentle humour and painful truths of this debut graphic novel reminded me of Posy… Read more