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Pretty Girl In Crimson Rose
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on 8 June 2015
I am amazed that after reading this delightful book I can now fill in cryptic crosswords. Oh, not every answer that would really be a miracle. But I have struggled with this type of puzzle for years. No longer!
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on 6 April 2013
Bought this for a friend who enjoys cryptic crosswords. She adored it. Said it has crossword clues within the story of the book which was most interesting. The answers are also included!
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on 15 April 2013
A romance of crossword-solving including interaction with that legend Araucaria. Recommended for anyone who loves cryptic puzzles and a well-written tale.
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on 16 May 2014
I enjoyed it. Well written, interesting, humorous and moving. Just what a memoir should be. I think I would like Sandy Balfour.
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Brilliant idea for an autobiographical work.
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on 6 October 2005
I read Sandy Balfour's previous memoir, Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose (8) which is about 'love, exile and crosswords' and I loved it. But when I read he had done a second one, this time about 'father, sons and contract bridge', I wondered if he would pull it off. The answer is an unequivocal yes. Vulnerable in Hearts is much better written - you can feel Balfour's confidence in his own ability - and the story of his relationships with his father and (to a lesser extent) his son is much more complex and layered. And - although I am not a bridge player - the story of the game worked well for me. I don't have any real criticisms of the book. It flows well from the personal to the game and back again and although it won't teach you how to play bridge, it may offer a sense of why we play games. If nothing else, they let us talk to our parents.
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