D. Elliott

Top Reviewer Ranking: 312
Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (3,629 of 4,227)
Location: Ulverston, Cumbria
In My Own Words:
Father of 4. Grandfather of 10. Happily married for 48 years. Obsessive interest is mountaineering.

Climbing and mountaineering literature. Traditional jazz (New Orleans style).

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 312 - Total Helpful Votes: 3629 of 4227
After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry
After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange Story, 14 Sep 2014
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Little is what it seems in the strange story of ‘After Me Comes The Flood’ in which John Cole leaves his work suddenly and sets off to apparently see his brother, but he gets lost on the way and ends up for a week (Wednesday to Tuesday) staying in an old house with a weird group who act as though they expected him. All are mysterious in a strange way - there is a controlling matriarch, a preacher who has lost his faith, a parochial suspicious chain-smoker, immature boy-girl siblings, and a female pianist. They have confused John with someone else but he feels compelled to stay and also to record his experiences in a notebook for the person he impersonates.

With no indication of… Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Secrets and Suspense, 13 Sep 2014
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Main protagonist Sue Jackson waits anxiously in hospital for her daughter Charlotte to come out of a coma after being knocked over by a bus, but from Charlotte's diary she suspects it was no accident and Charlotte meant to kill herself. Sue believes that whatever Charlotte's secret may be, it is preventing her recovery, and she sets out to discover the truth. This is the basis of `The Accident' as a psychological thriller narrated by Sue in the present (2012), but cleverly interwoven with chapters made up of accounts of Sue's earlier traumatic life in 1990-1992.

The alternating chapters introduce twists and turns and often end as cliff-hangers to make `The Accident' a… Read more
One Day as A Tiger: Alex Macintyre and the Birth o&hellip by John Porter
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alex's Annapurna, 12 Sep 2014
The title of the book is taken from a Tibetan proverb stating that it is better to have lived ‘One Day As A Tiger’ rather than a thousand years as a sheep, and as author John Porter reveals how this quote faithfully illustrates the spirit of Alex MacIntyre and his approach to extreme mountaineering tackling unclimbed faces on the highest peaks. John was a friend of Alex MacIntyre and one of his climbing partners, and initially he was reluctant to write - and did not do so until after the death of Alex’s mother and he received sanction from Alex’s family and girlfriend - to whom ‘One Day As A Tiger’ is dedicated.

John explains how he found his book difficult to write, and it took… Read more

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