I saw this book featured on the BBC's Page Turner series and thought it sounded great - so I went to the library and found it straight away. It must say something for the quality of the author's writing that I couldn't put the book down - I finished it in two sittings. The writing flowed over me and I simply could not stop reading until the book came to an end. The only bad thing about this book is the fact that it makes you feel so inadequate in your writing - be it diary entries or essays - becuase this young woman wrote the book when she was only 18, does it leave hope for the rest of us?! This book is one that everyone should read - simply fantastic.
I was quite looking foward to reading Jo Brand's first novel. But I found it to be slightly repetitive with regards to Flower's stand up routines and her subsequent downfalls. The chracters didn't feel rounded and by the end I still didn't feel connected with any of them. I did find it easy reading however - finishing it in a weekend, so maybe this is one for a weekend away or a long train journey. I liked the style of writing and some parts were enough to produce a laugh out loud, I hope Jo continues to write because I think she could write something so good. I will definatley give her next book a go - fingers crossed.
This book is the accompanying volume to the television programme shown last year. Although I didn't watch the programme myself people have commented on how good it was. I thought that perhaps the next best thing would be to read Stephen's book. I wasn't the least bit dissapointed. I received the book in the post this morning, and it has not been out of my hands since! Not only was I treated to information - not all good - about the bears, but Stephen Fry made me laugh as well. I would definately recommend this book to anyone with an interest in bears, or nature in general. Or even just if you like Stephen - he always shines through in his writing, whatever the subject… Read more