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Boone's Lick by Larry McMurtry
Boone's Lick by Larry McMurtry
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A coming of age tale, an arduous quest and a love story wrapped up in a novella - what more does a reader require? The characterisation is fabulous - even the mules and the babies in this story are fully drawn and individualised. The voice of the narrator, Shay, a 15-year old growing up in the wilds of Missouri is pitch perfect: "Only yesterday, I'd been a boy, with nothing on my mind except watching my brother fish for crawdads, or my uncle shoot the heads off of turtles. Now the sun was just rising... and here I was an armed man, riding off with other armed men, to kill or be killed." Larry M likes a strong woman who makes her own rules. Shay's Ma, Mary Margaret, is the supposed… Read more
Big Brother by Lionel Shriver
Big Brother by Lionel Shriver
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
As always, Lionel Shriver has delivered a thought-provoking book which examines a knotty issue from all possible angles. The book succeeds on many levels - it's entertaining, realistic and unflinching, and the central relationship between brother and sister is extremely well drawn, to the point that the reader can believe that the narrator, Pandora, would sacrifice her marriage in her dedication to helping her brother lose weight.

Shriver is extremely good at shining a light on the less attractive aspects of the human personality. The dolls on which Pandora has founded a successful business are an ingenious idea; the recipient of one of Pandora's dolls will get a little… Read more
Ciao For Now by Nicola Lewis
Ciao For Now by Nicola Lewis
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ciao for now, 1 May 2013
Overall, Ciao for Now is light and frothy fun, with a fairly dark underbelly (much like a good cappucino, in fact), with the added bonus of a good few laugh-out-loud moments. It will be enjoyed by anyone who loves Italy, anyone who has ever been to Italy, anyone who scratches their head at the mad foibles displayed by Italians in general, anyone who has ever had to work with children, and anyone who has ever had the misfortune to have a boss like Cinzia Brivio. Cinzia is a fabulously drawn character - the author pulls off the impossible trick of making her treat Jess, our drop-out heroine, like dirt beneath her feet, yet manages to ensure we maintain a modicum of sympathy for her. This… Read more

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Teachers: Series 1 [DVD] [2001] <b>DVD</b> ~ Ursula Holden Gill
Teachers: Series 1 [DVD] [2001] DVD ~ Ursula Holden Gill