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Top Reviewer Ranking: 6,257 - Total Helpful Votes: 127 of 161
Capital by John Lanchester
Capital by John Lanchester
The residents of Pepys Road start receiving postcards showing pictures of their house & the message "We Want What You Have". The book follows the lives of the residents, & those connected with them as we, supposedly, discover who has been sending these cards & why/
I did enjoy the book - it's broken into small chapters, which makes it easy to read. I liked the little insights into the characters, a Polish builder, a City banker, a couvert graffiti artist (think a London copy of Banksy), an African footballer but sometimes it felt as if there were too many characters & they were all a bit of a cliche. We'd have a couple of chapters about one character but then they wouldn't… Read more
The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman
The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman
An extremely beautiful & moving book. After surviving the WWI battlefields, Tom returns to his native Australia & finds work as a lighthouse keeper on the remote Janus Island. New wife Issy soon joins him & they live an isolated life until one day a boat washes up containing a dead man & a crying baby. The choices they make regarding the people in this boat will change their lives forever.
The descriptive scenery in this book is amazing; I could taste the salty sea air & really imagine being on this windswept rock in between two oceans. The characters are also well thought out & I soon came to connect with them & imagine them as real people. It's an emotional book that makes you think… Read more
Abdication by Juliet Nicolson
Abdication by Juliet Nicolson
This book was billed as being about the abdication of Edward VII as seen through the eyes of May, a young girl working as a chauffeur for the rich & powerful but I didn't really get that from it. It's less about the abdication & more about May's life leading up to the event. Too much time was spent leading up to the event & the abdication itself plays no more than a bit part.The 1930s period details are wonderful, Nicolson is a historian specialising in this era so I'd expect no less - the clothes, decor & zeitgeist are really vivid, if a bit too descriptive at times. I couldn't really warm to any of the characters, of whom there are many, & I found myself skipping sections to get to the… Read more

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