Emma French

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Five Green Bananas by Alice Anderson
Five Green Bananas by Alice Anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Watching Fruit, 23 July 2008
"It's another special secret game!" Dan says. "Daddy needs to go for a drive, and it'll be very exciting. Come on." He is getting my green coat out of the cupboard and putting my arms into it-

An extract from The Witness, the first green banana. And for me the best of the bunch as The Witness dons his green coat and takes us on a journey similar to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

I like the multiple author approach used in these short stories and I enjoyed seeing the baton hand over places. Some were seamless, others a bit bumpy! But on the whole it was fun to read because of this… Read more
Fire Horses by Mark Liam Piggott
Fire Horses by Mark Liam Piggott
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"You're fire horses, twice over. Conceived and born under the sign. You're the end of the world, you two."

Fire Horses is a contemporary novel written in a poetic literary voice dealing with the hard grit of British life as experienced through Joe Noone. It's about consequences and how Joe has to travel a world that doesn't always make sense whilst his past and future rage against him.

"All the sublime magic of youth had been knocked out of me; I was still wandering, but all the wonder had gone."

Joe doesn't walk a track that commercial demographics would predict walking into Burtons and spending money. He walks off the beaten track. Sometimes invisible,… Read more
We Are Now Beginning  Our Descent by James Meek
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"I want to see you now. I want you to come to me."

We Are Now Beginning Our Descent is a well crafted and constructed novel that gets inside the head of Adam Kellas as he is lead by an e-mail and a small memory of Astrid, a former girlfriend, that has "crossed into him."

James Meek paints the love story between Kellas & Astrid against the backdrop of Afghanistan, London and America. Similar in places to the style of George Orwell, James blurs the political into the human story to show floundering love and war, mixed up and acting upon each other.

He does this by cleverly showing us the modern vantage point of war, where F-18 pilots fly over Afghanistan… Read more

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