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The Prisoner of St Kilda: The true story of the un&hellip by Margaret Macaulay
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging history, 24 Jan 2011
I first heard of this book before it was published. At that time, I was living in the Inner Hebrides, on the Isle of Gigha and met one of Margaret Macaulay's daughters. Even though I bought the book as soon as it became available, I have only just read it recently and found it to be so interesting and well written. This is an historical book that is engaging, just the right length and not over flowing with irrelevant detail but I would have liked to know more about the day to day life of Lady Grange on St. Kilda. Lady Grange was not the most personable character but her treatment was still very harsh and unjust. I certainly enjoyed my island life far more than Lady Grange.
Encarnita's Journey by Joan Lingard
Encarnita's Journey by Joan Lingard
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and engaging, 22 Jan 2011
A warm and engaging story of a simple Spanish woman, set against the historical background of events in Spain from the 1920's to the present day.
The journey takes Encarnita from her village, Yegen in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada to Edinburgh, as her life is changed by chance encounters and random circumstance.
The fact and fiction are well written, in equal measure and the inclusion of English novelists and artists provides another level of interest. Not a long book but the right length for the story, a thoroughly enjoyable read and a warm welcome from some of the over-long novels I have read recently.
Jump! by Jilly Cooper
Jump! by Jilly Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Jump, 8 Jan 2011
I have been a fan of Jilly Cooper for many years and I am always eager to read her latest novel and despite it's weaknesses; a little over long, losing pace in the middle and not JC's best, I loved it and read it in five days.
Yes, some of the characters are improbable, some horrible, some ridiculous and others weak but sweet; some of the sub-plots are far fetched and some of the time the animals do dominate the story but it is all written with such a sense of fun, a parody of village life and the characters who live there. This is what JC does and does well, don't critisize the book because of it's genre, don't take it too seriously and read it just for fun.
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