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The Woman Before Me by Ruth Dugdall
The Woman Before Me by Ruth Dugdall
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I wasn't a huge fan of this book but my biggest beef is how little the publisher invested in the editing and proofreading processes. It is absolutely full of spelling mistakes, typos and other errors that any halfway decent proofreader would have picked up. I started marking them in pencil then gave up halfway through as I was starting to treat the whole book as a proofreading exercise. Worryingly, some errors recurred so often that it was clearly not just typos but someone lacking the basic knowledge of grammar and just not knowing it was wrong. What a shame: everyone's book deserves to be as good as it can be. If I were the author I would be fuming. And publisher, take note: the past… Read more
King of the Badgers by Philip Hensher
King of the Badgers by Philip Hensher
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 10 Oct 2011
The Northern Clemency is one of my stand-out books of recent years and I was very much looking forward to the follow-up. This book did not disappoint. Other reviewers have summarised the plot and so there is no need for me to do so here, suffice it to say that this is an absolute treat of a book - utterly wonderful writing that manages to combine humour, poignancy, plot, incredible characterisation and great insight. Often it was just the little things that stood out - almost throwaway lines that on rereading revealed an incredible insight into the human character (for example when Billa decides to accept Sylvie's invitation back to her house as she can't face the thought of going home) or… Read more
Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty
Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
There was a lot to like about this book: the exploration of grief and the immediate post-bereavement period was well handled and written in a confident, engaging style. I also liked the portrayal of the couple's relationship and thought that was realistic and well observed; the transition from the feverish beginnings of the relationship to the weary couple brought together through the shared bereavement was nicely handled.

However, the book's main failing was that the author seemed not to have had the confidence to make the book just that: an exploration of grief and a study of a relationship. Instead, we get a very poorly developed revenge sub-plot, which is farcical, poorly… Read more

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