J. Pittam

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,790
Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (203 of 227)
Location: Hertfordshire, England
Birthday: 2 Sep



Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,790 - Total Helpful Votes: 203 of 227
The Devil's Tree by Julia Grey
The Devil's Tree by Julia Grey
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking First Novel, 20 Oct 2013
This cracking first novel kept me up much later that I intended. Julia Grey studied Creative Writing at the University of Leeds and is currently training to work with substance abusers. Both of these factors are evident in this poetic and literary novel about two girls, drawn together by the dilemmas thrown up by two separate but equally tragic events.

'The Devil's Tree' addresses some huge themes; euthanasia and/or the care of those with a desperately limited quality of life; homophobia and guilty secrets to name but a few.

Although the subject-matter sounds dark, it's a really good, sparky read. Grey's style is delightfully sparse, the dialogue real and funny, the… Read more
Aves Sugar Digital Radio Alarm Clock by AVES
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Licorice Allsort, 8 Sep 2013
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This radio looks like a cute licorice allsort and comes with an instruction book written in clear, full, grammatically correct English. For those reasons alone I took to it at once.

The Aves Sugar is quite easy to set up even for a dumbo like me - it comes with a three-pin plug, and an aerial that you just have to unwrap. It then scans for the correct date and time, and for the most easily located radio station. The radio works on FM as well as DAB which is great as in this area, DAB isn't necessarily the best option for our favourite channel. Once you've located a favourite you can save it, and several more, so that you can wake to the same channel each morning, and use other… Read more
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike) by Robert Galbraith
What an absolute find! I downloaded the free sample and was so entranced that I bought the rest of the book right there on the tube into work. I am a fan of crime fiction anyway, so I guessed the content might well please. This novel is written in the classic style, a proper plot with real twists and turns, well-described characters and accurate research. The story follows a young secretary fresh from Yorkshire who arrives in London and is sent, by the Temp Agency, to a grotty Private Eye in a dingy office just off the Tottenham Court Road.

As a Londoner I can so relate to this scenario - at the same age and in the same place I was sent on so many assignments that turned out to… Read more