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The Fall and Rise of Lucy Charlton by Elizabeth Gill
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear...., 26 Jun 2014
Encouraged by all the 4 and 5 star reviews I took this novel on holiday - feisty heroine, NE England setting - all good, I thought. Alas, not for me. I was immediately irked by the name 'Gemma' for one of the main characters - surely not a popular name for middle class girls in 1920s Durham? The writer threw every cliché going at her readers. Illegitimacy, incest, class snobbery, lesbian sub-plot (so "in" these days), attempted suicide, poverty stricken locals with hearts of gold, eccentric spinsters, a bride jilted at he altar, a touch of ESP and at one point I thought we were going to have euthanasia as well. I just could not engage with this at all and needed a lot of… Read more
Childs Child by Barbara Vine
Childs Child by Barbara Vine
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I have always admired the dark plotting of RR writing as Barbara Vine and "Asta's Book" is one of my all time favourites. I did not like "The Child's Child" at all. The parallels between1929 and 2011 were very laboured but at least we were constantly reminded that people had their horrid bigotries at every period of time. The book was peopled with unpleasant characters; obviously the deeply amoral Bertie, but I was also shocked at how the adult Maud was portrayed. The modern day characters were thin and under developed and I agree with other reviewers who commented on the weakness of the ending. (For me, both endings were unsatisfactory. I had to reread the last chapter of… Read more
Covering McKellen by David Weston
Covering McKellen by David Weston
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying Weston, 9 Feb 2014
This was a really enjoyable read. It gives a real insight into the frustrations of being an understudy to a star actor who is never off. The book is written as a diary and while there are some repetitions and misspellings of names, I found it hard to put down. I must say I would like to travel abroad with Mr Weston and his wife; while he may never have got to perform his version of Lear to a rapt audience, he certainly knows the best places to eat and his wife is adept at getting better hotel rooms! He was very good at indicating the somewhat chilly relationships within members of the company without actually criticising anyone too overtly .Being involved in the RSC at such a high level is… Read more