Roy Turner

Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (12 of 14)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 660,354 - Total Helpful Votes: 12 of 14
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
I really enjoyed this novel and could not put it down, just had to keep reading, so from that standpoint I have nothing but praise. HOWEVER, I do think it is mis-titled and the 'miniaturist' remains a shadowy figure who is never fully explained, nor is their part in the whole narrative!

I was carried along by the story of Nella and Johannes, their relationship was well depicted, I believed in it and wanted to see what lay behind the strained relationships of the other characters also. I think this aspect of the story is very well written and believable. It is the presence of this shadowy 'MINIATURIST' which leaves me frustrated and partly wondering why he/she/it are there and… Read more
Big Bill Tilden: The Triumphs and the Tragedy (Hal&hellip by Frank Deford
This is a fascinating account of the life of Big Bill who dominated men's tennis in the earlier part of the 20th century. What is amazing is how few people these days know his story - a story of triumph and tragedy which makes for an enthralling read. It is also a sad reflection on human reactions to human frailty in others.

Full of detail which will interest today's tennis fans and fill in some gaps in their knowledge of the game's history. I must admit to feeling quite sad as I finished the story of Big Bill. It seems many great and talented people have feet of clay and often have to battle with an inherent weakness in their natures which mars an otherwise successful life… Read more
The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville
The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville
I had read Kate Grenville's captivating book 'The Secret River' and discovered what a superb writer she is. I picked up 'The Lieutenant' wondering if it could be as rewarding a read. I was not disappointed and could hardly put this one down I read it over two days. She is brilliant at evoking not just a sense of time and place but also human emotion and inner moral challenges too.

I enjoyed the pace of this story and the way she describes the main character's life journey as it unfolds. Kate Grenville is able to engage the reader and elicit our deep interest in the discoveries of the Lieutenant of the title. I cannot recommend this novel highly enough!