I know I'm not the only fan of the wonderful Colin Morgan (Merlin in the BBC 'Merlin') to read this book out of curiosity - for Colin will be starring as Calum in the film based on this book, The Sea Change. This might seem an odd or obscure motivation for reading a book, but I'm very glad I did, as I loved the book in its own right.
I found both the main character Nikki and her brother Calum absolutely fascinating. And while shocking things happen to them and are done by them, I never once lost my underlying sympathy for the pair. Jane Rogers charts some dangerous territory, and does it with aplomb.
This is a tale of redemption, and both characters earn theirs. By the… Read more
This is a fascinating book about Shelley - a life of the poet rather than a biography of the man - getting inside his mind, using his poems and his notebooks as well as his life. Wroe mentions a few biographical details I would quibble with, as another reviewer points out - but I don't think that detracts from the whole.
The book is organised into four 'elemental' sections (Earth; Water; Air; Fire) and explores who Shelley was and what he thought using those as themes, jumping back and forth from school to Italy to England, etc. Fascinating! An excellent companion to Richard Holmes' biography. And so well written that my interest never once flagged through a relatively long tale,… Read more
Having watched the final episode on Wednesday, I am still mulling over the whole series a few days later. I had mixed reactions, and am still not sure at all whether I approve of or agree with the final resolution. I may warm to it after watching again! (NB: Here I am talking about watching it again, so I guess my intrigued response outweighs my disapproval.)
There are many positives in this series though. The characterisations of Mr and Mrs Bennet are my favourite of all the adaptations: her father worthy of Elizabeth's devotion, and her mother a real and attractive character rather than a caricature. Lots of very clever moments, as others have pointed out: 'Badly done,… Read more