Sarah Rayner

"Sarah Rayner"
 
Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,289
Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (697 of 788)
Location: Brighton

 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,289 - Total Helpful Votes: 697 of 788
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
Brock by Anthony McGowan
Brock by Anthony McGowan
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I bought 'Brock' for nephew (he's a McGowan fan) and when it arrived, it looked so very pleasing with its attractive cover and illustrated page design, I couldn't resist a sneaky peek. Well, the book might appear pretty, but it certainly doesn't gloss over its subject matter: the story of Nicky's fight to save local badgers from destruction deals with big themes. Injustice and violence, love and understanding; it's rare a book is so sparely written, yet covers such broad emotional terrain.

It's published under a 'Teen' label, but it's a story that will touch readers of all ages, and would make a great gift.