J. I. G. Buttle

Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (12 of 13)
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Wooden Advent Castle by Christmas Direct
Wooden Advent Castle by Christmas Direct
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not built to last, 1 Dec 2012
Very disappointing...thought I'd spend a few quid and get something that would become a regular Christmas fixture for years to come. I've already had to glue one side back on.

Looks quite nice, but just cheaply made
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
This book follows the progressing adolescence of a teenage boy with a stammer, growing up in middle England during the Thatcher years; intelligent but socially clumsy and an easy target for the more confident youth. Can he somehow swallow his fears and become a man?
I found this highly enjoyable, both funny and touching, and I loved the historical context; not surprising as I am of that age, male, sub-urban and craved the safety of that type of 'gang' (I mean this in 1980's parlance, we are not talking drive by shootings). I am now feeling guilty about my attitude to the social misfits of my school generation. I wish I'd read a book like this when I was fifteen, but then I wouldn't… Read more
The Outcast by Sadie Jones
The Outcast by Sadie Jones
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A little like watching a kill on a wildlife program, you want to reach in and lend a hand to the victim, but are at the same time transfixed by the brutality of nature taking its course. A kind of post war Catcher in the Rye I felt great sympathy for the main character and could always see a better life for him if he only.....
Strange how injustice can be so gripping, I thought this was an excellent book, lost its momentum two thirds of the way through but picked it up towards the end; demonstrates how tradegy at an early age can be unhinging and how one individual can severley damage a closed rural community

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