Sophie Harley

"Sophie"
 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (39 of 45)
Location: UK
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,407,691 - Total Helpful Votes: 39 of 45
A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I absolutely adored this book, and was quietly devastated by it too.

Lorrie Moore couldn't write a bad sentence, let's say this from the start, I could get drunk on her language. But it isn't her brilliant, canny ear or her wry, insightful humor which only hold the reader here, it's the slow, deadly, accumulation of detail as the reader joins Tassie in her quiet, almost arbitrary, awakening to the world around her.

The dangerous ambivalence of parenting! those restaurant menus! Everyone desperately juggling with wit and word-play to keep life's inconsolable truths at bay.

This book had quite a profound effect upon me, I can't think when I last read… Read more
I Am Reading: The Ugly Egg by Lou Kuenzler
I Am Reading: The Ugly Egg by Lou Kuenzler
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I picked this up at the weekend for my six year-old daughter. She isn't a very keen reader, but she absolutely loved this story. It was a HUGE HIT.

The pictures are bright and engaging and the writer manages to convey quite a complex and moving story with just the right amount of word, none of which are too difficult. It was great to find a book for her to read, but which wasn't too simple or boring. We had lots to talk about afterwards, and my daughter was really moved by the story, and it made her laugh too.

I would really recommend this one for early readers - it's wonderful, and she's read it over and over each time, always thrilled when she sees what finally… Read more
Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill
Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 8 Mar 2009
I read this in two days. I loved its simplicity and clear-sighted, rigorous honesty. It is a personal and interesting look at old age - including subjects not much covered, like sex and love and regret in old age. I loved it, and it helped to get a perspective. Athill clearly has a keen and real love for life, and her thoughts on her own life were simple, powerful and sparklingly insightful. Wonderful book