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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, try it and see
For those who enjoy a good story this is a must. The characters a likeable and you really do get enthralled in their motives and circumstance.

It is interesting to read a book about platonic love in times where media seems to overtly sexualise all forms of relationship. There is good use of language that seems realistic to the characters with a good sense of...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Miserable meanderings
Only managed the first 10% of this book and found it so utterly depressing that I gave up. Couldn't relate to any of the characters, and found the language distracting rather than enhancing. Can't say that I would look for another book by Michael Cannon, and don't think I would recommend it to any of my friends.
Published 5 months ago by Gill-EJ


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, try it and see, 14 Aug 2013
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For those who enjoy a good story this is a must. The characters a likeable and you really do get enthralled in their motives and circumstance.

It is interesting to read a book about platonic love in times where media seems to overtly sexualise all forms of relationship. There is good use of language that seems realistic to the characters with a good sense of fiction mixed in to take you into their world. The story flows well and you will struggle to put it down.

Buy this to support Scottish literature and homegrown talent and also because it is a genuinely great read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fiction from a master, 6 Sep 2013
Michael Cannon is maturing into one of Scotland's best but most underrated novelists. Four New Words for Love is funny, insightful, moving and full of sympathy for its damaged characters. Cannon's control and understatement leaves plenty of space for the reader to fill but still leaves the feeling that we have watched each character grow and develop over the course of the story. The relationship between Gina, a young Glaswegian single mum, and Christopher, a slightly repressed, retired London gent rediscovering a taste for life, is beautifully rendered, both wholly believable and remarkable at the same time. A challenging but ultimately heart-warming and life-affirming read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read, 4 Dec 2013
This book is a lovely read. It is warm and funny and... just lovely. It tells the story of George's and Gina's unlikely friendship using several distinct voices, all told with both humour and emotion. In both George's and Gina's case, the story is really about finding themselves and building a happier life for themselves, despite being in very different stages of life. It's an interesting comparison using characters so different, yet similar, to each other to show their different life stories. I particularly liked the depiction of Christopher, and the focus on how life can change even when you are getting on in life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 1 Sep 2013
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Funny, touching, sad and hopeful. I thought the characters were really well written and read the whole book in two sittings! Thoroughly enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing., 30 April 2014
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One of those books that blows your mind so completely you're at a loss afterwards. Its impeccably written with real caracters. Definitely worth reading
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4.0 out of 5 stars When North meets South, 1 April 2014
Born in Glasgow and raised by an alcoholic father, twenty-year-old Gina is at a loss until she finds herself pregnant after a night with ‘Quick Nick’. Determined to make it on her own, she moves into a council estate and begins life as a full-time mother and part-time shop assistant. However, something goes terribly wrong which forces her to run away to London. After being commanded to move on at Waterloo Bridge, Gina is approached by an elderly gentleman who offers her a place to stay. Suspicious yet touched by his generosity, Gina decides to live with Christopher, a middle-class widower bereaving the loss of a loveless marriage. Encouraged by Gina’s presence, Christopher starts over with newfound freedom. However, one day he returns home to an empty house and a box of Gina’s photographs. Saddened to discover that his new friend has disappeared, he decides to head north to Scotland to find Gina and uncover the secrets of her past.

Canon’s bluntness and say-it-like-it-is Glaswegian sentimentality, makes Four New Words for Love a convincing page turner as his Christopher and Gina discover the true meaning of companionship and love, after the disappointment of failed relationships.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written story of love in its many forms, 18 Mar 2014
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This book perfectly entangles joy and sadness, making the reader laugh out loud at the antics of the characters, but also frown and wish that they were making better decisions. The book shows you many different forms of love, all set in the main story - the love of a mother, a friend, a father-figure and a partner. You can't help but fall a little in love with Christopher and Gina as they save each other from loneliness and destitution, and the story is so perfectly paced that you're never left waiting for too long for something exciting or emotional to happen. The book is quite short, but it's a great length for the story it contains. I loved the characters and found the story really gripping and moving - 5 stars!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Miserable meanderings, 16 Feb 2014
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Only managed the first 10% of this book and found it so utterly depressing that I gave up. Couldn't relate to any of the characters, and found the language distracting rather than enhancing. Can't say that I would look for another book by Michael Cannon, and don't think I would recommend it to any of my friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New approach to love, 16 Feb 2014
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I am too old to enjoy chick lit, yet I loved his one ... It is different, it is sincere, it is a satisfying. I recommend it to all chick lit readers, and to all of us that do not read chick lit!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth hanging in there, 16 Feb 2014
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Took a bit of time to get into this book but really glad I persevered. A young girl, being harassed by the police for trying to sloop on the streets, is befriended by a passing stranger who lets her live in his house and her story is slowly revealed.
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