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Cold Winter in Bordeaux by Allan Massie
Cold Winter in Bordeaux by Allan Massie
Not the easiest of reads, especially if you haven't read what came before. Rather complex cast and that can take some getting into, as well as picking up the threads that connect them, but beautifully written - very calm and measured, with well rounded and many sympathetic characters (and one or two less so) who become more interesting as the book moves on and present their own dilemmas, hopes and fears, while trying to live through most unusual and often unpleasant circumstances.

One to read, and then perhaps return to in a while - but would suggest reading in sequence which may make it easier.
Parallel Lines by R.J. Mitchell
Parallel Lines by R.J. Mitchell
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me., 8 July 2014
Read it all but didn't really enjoy it. Repetitive vocabulary, over-done scenes, rather one dimensional characters - never really felt any connection with them at all - and this from someone who knows the city and is not unaware of how some aspect of it tick.
The Four Streets by Nadine Dorries
The Four Streets by Nadine Dorries
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this!, 8 July 2014
Couldn't put this down. Having grown up in a working class area in another city in the UK at around the same time as this is set, though blessedly not in such difficult circumstances, a lot of aspects of daily life in this book were easily recognisable. This is an excellent portrayal of the way in which people would bicker and squabble, but still pull together to support one another during hardship and adversity and also what they sometimes did to survive, whether legal or not. Faced with hunger and deprivation, the moral compass may bend. It surely makes you realise how far we have come in the last 50 years - though let's hope some current policies will not reverse the trend… Read more