Tamara L

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (761 of 868)
Location: North West England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,239 - Total Helpful Votes: 761 of 868
Life Drawing by Robin Black
Life Drawing by Robin Black
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, 20 May 2014
The opening sentence pulls you in: `In the days leading up to my husband Owen's death, he visited Alison's house every afternoon.'
Augusta, the narrator, is an artist and Owen is a writer. They have buried themselves in the countryside to work without distractions and to attempt to recover their equilibrium after Augusta's affair. When their peace is disturbed by the arrival of a new neighbour we guess that she is going to impact on their relationship, but the story that unfolds is not predictable. Nor does it depend on twists and turns of the plot, it is perfectly paced and the writing is a joy.
By the time I finished this book I was drained and exhausted. I felt that I had lived… Read more
Liverpool, an Alternative Guide by Bel Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Guide, 15 April 2014
It should be called The Definitive Guide - maybe that was already taken? What a nifty, handbag sized little book. Tourist information should have commissioned this and I hope they have it on sale in their outlets in Liverpool. Full of places of interest, things to see, and the history behind it all. I thought I knew Liverpool pretty well but I have learnt more from this. Easy-to -read print, Well-written, accessible format, clear prose, good photos. Seems to be an amateur effort but looks very professional apart from a couple of very minor typos. Also the margins should have been a bit wider, you have to bend it right back to read the bits near the centre, but it is very sturdy and… Read more
Stoner: A Novel (Vintage Classics) by John Williams
149 of 165 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Desperate Lives, 6 Nov 2012
Am I the only reader who wanted to give William Stoner a resounding slap?

He becomes infatuated with, and pursues, a woman who appears to be clinically depressed, with possibly a range of additional mental health problems. She subsequently makes his life a misery. And he lets her. He is bullied at work and fails to achieve his full potential. He falls in love, but of course the mad wife proves a bit of an obstacle (among other things). I wish someone would do for Edith what Jean Rhys did for Bertha Mason in Wide Sargosso Sea. John McGahern writes tellingly in the introduction, 'Stoner's wife is a type that can be glimpsed in much American writing, through such different… Read more

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