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Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life by Nina Stibbe
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and wonderful, 13 Jan 2014
There is just a warmth to this collection of little letters written by a nanny to her sister as she works in a big friendly London household. I love that it didn't drip with sentimentality about a child's illness, just got on with recounting the happiness of daily life in the household. How unusual to like everyone referred to, even the friends the nanny doesn't like much, how wonderful to see everyone celebrated in this way just for being themselves. I've read Love, Nina twice in one week. Humane, clever, one of the best domestic narratives since Gerald Durrell's (sp?) My Famiily and Other Animals.
Sissinghurst - A Year In The Growing [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ The National Trust
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish, 13 Jan 2014
I was disappointed. I do like Sissinghurst garden itself although I find it a bit military. But it is beautiful and this documentary does not do it justice. The camerawork is amateurish and the narrator awkward. He has little original to say and just says "Mmmm, beautiful" a lot. I loved the head gardener.
But the film needed twice as much content and information as it has. I'd like to see garden maps, a short history with photos of its bones, and just .. well, more. Extremely disappointing, and when you think about it, that's a real achievement to turn Sissinghurst into a disappointment. You'd think it couldn't be done.
The Curious Habits of Dr. Adams: A 1950s Murder My&hellip by Jane Robins
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, 24 Aug 2013
It's a fascinating case. I so looked forward to reading about it, thinking it was going to be at Kate Summerscale level. But it is so badly written. Plodding, dull, unable to distinguish the interesting from the repetitive, on and on and on. No notion of condensing and explaining.
Basically, this is a list book. It will not seize you. Halfway through, I was past caring.
What puzzles me is how such a fascinating case could be made so dull.
But perhaps I am not patient enough. The writer is a good investigator but doesn't know how to make the facts seem real.