Lucy Irvine

"another writer"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 97% (138 of 143)


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The Honey Seller by Sally Evans
The Honey Seller by Sally Evans
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Subtle power, 29 Jun 2013
As a novice reader of contemporary poetry, I found this book the perfect starting place.

The author's affection for - and knowledge of - Scotland comes through in every poem, many of which contain intriguing nuggets of information about the past. But it is the details sewn into broader backdrops that most captivated me. The author knows her wild flowers as well as her history and how to juxtapose fact with verbal illustration to great effect.

This lovely collection would make a sweet gift, winter or summer - to yourself or another.
Street Without a Name by Kapka Kassabova
Street Without a Name by Kapka Kassabova
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A must-read for anyone interested in Bulgaria, Street Without A Name tracks the
emotional and physical journies experienced by the author as she revisits the land of her birth soon after its entry to the European Union.

Glimpses into her childhood and teens years under communist rule are written with
passion but never sentimentality against a backdrop of cuttingly outlined history. We see both the big picture and the small one: a forced exodus described by the government as a holiday at the time; detailed visits to loved grandparents repeated at intervals until death intervenes.

For me, the book has a particular fascination as some of the descriptions of… Read more
To the Last City by Colin Thubron
To the Last City by Colin Thubron
82 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master in miniature, 15 July 2002
Colin Thubron's last major oeuvre was In Siberia - highly acclaimed non-fiction about one of the bleakest places on earth. Everyone wondered where he'd go next - both literally and in literary terms. To The Last City is our answer.
In this frightening novel Thubron brings fictional characters to the furthest flung Inca ruins to be found along a precipitous trail amid 'cloud forests', which he has himself taken. The travel writing side is therefore all a Thubron reader would expect - flawless - but enriched in this book by the addition of new points of view. Each of his characters sees their journey and surroundings in their own way. A fat Belgian architect indulging the whim of his… Read more

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