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C. S. Lewis: A Biography by A. N. Wilson
C. S. Lewis: A Biography by A. N. Wilson
This would be a five star review. AN Wilson brings C.S Lewis back down to earth when so many are desperate to see him as a saintly celibate figure and gives a compelling account of the man. We see what made CSL great - Wilson is particularly strong as a literary critic - and we see what made him flawed.

As a read it rattles along and yes Wilson can be prissy and repetitive, you will read the phrase 'police-court solicitor' a lot but he is also good at conveying a sense of time and place moving effortlessly from university to The Kilns.

Unfortunately the kindle conversion is poor and full of mistakes. Sentences end abruptly or simply don't make sense - "he had he to… Read more
Unholy Night by Grahame-Smith Seth
Unholy Night by Grahame-Smith Seth
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read, 12 Nov 2013
I had high hopes having previously loved Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and this book more than lived up to expectations. It's pacey, clever and plays with what we know about the Biblical three kings, Herod and Pilate in a hugely satisfying way. The characterisation of Herod is a particular stand out. In Grahame-Smith's hands he becomes truly hideous with a body as diseased and twisted as his mind and the possessor of stomach churning sexual proclivities. The book also brings Mary and Joseph down to earth presenting them as scared kids who don't know what's going on but have faith. They are human, not the saintly figures we are more familiar with.

This book is real leap of… Read more
Dan Taylor is Giving Up on Women by Neal Doran
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Read, 21 Sep 2013
This is a click book. A few pages in and you click with the characters and the premise and have a great time reading it. I had a near-constant smile on my face throughout as I sat down and read this in one highly enjoyable read-through.

The character of Dan is an excellent creation, he's a shambles but a recognisable one. Little details like feeling compelled to get his coffee somewhere else after embarrassing himself reading too much into an attractive barista's cheery 'good morning' ring true and made him a fully realised person. You either know a Dan or you are one.

Similarly the look at how couple-friends relate to their single friends and vice-versa is equally… Read more