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Jelly Baby by Jean Ure
Jelly Baby by Jean Ure
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Changes, 20 Jun 2014
When changes in the family impact on relationships and personal choices it becomes uncomfortable for all concerned. Loyalties to Dad and a commitment to his happiness are sometimes hard to bear when your own precious values are challenged to breaking point. As 'Jelly Baby' attempts compromise, big sister Em stands more strongly on her principles and decisions have to be made. As a step-Mum moves in, Jean Ure explores the very real adjustments that have to be made for the family to live together. This is a story that demonstrates how each of us find ways of coping cope outside our comfort zone with some unexpected and surprising consequences.
The Kissing Game by Jean Ure
The Kissing Game by Jean Ure
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Story, 1 Mar 2014
The real art of storytelling is to take the reader on a journey of discovery in a realistic and imaginative way. `The Kissing Game' does exactly that. Whilst it may seem to be primarily a light hearted fun story, it also has another dimension. It is a journey that every child takes and the author manages to recreate that very special experience in an insightful and sensitive way. Feelings and relationships are explored with both sensitivity and fun with characters who remain consistent and believable throughout. Sometimes serious topics are best tackled via humour which is what the author has achieved in this book. I particularly like the fact that it is written from a male perspective. It… Read more
The Stars Look Down [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Margaret Lockwood
The Stars Look Down [DVD] DVD ~ Margaret Lockwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Abridged too far!, 28 Sep 2013
Although this film attempts to tell Cronin's dramatic tale of working class life it was so heavily abridged that it failed to convey the real dynamic of such a powerful story. The film script focussed primarily on the characters of David and Jenny Fenwick and although the story was accurately set in a mining community it omitted the tensions of the other relationships especially of the pit owner Richard Barras and his son Arthur. In the book this is an important relationship because father and son have extreme and contrasting values not just in relation to the business of running a pit but also in relation to war, fighting for your country and conscription. Joe Gowlan is demoted to a less… Read more

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