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5.0 out of 5 stars More adult vampires, 3 July 2011
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This review is from: The Radleys (Kindle Edition)
On deciding to have a look at the books being reviewed on the TV Book Club, I saw this book and on reading the description, found I was intrigued.

This is a vampire story, but for a change not all about the angst of teenagers. The family, the Radleys, mum and dad with teenage son & daughter, are just living normal if somewhat boring lives in their small village. The kids having a hard time at school, the father a local GP and mum a housewife. However, the parents are actually vampires who have made the decision not to be practising vampires, and the teens don't yet know.

All this is, of course, about to change, as in one moment in time the daughter discovers what she really is capable of. We then go on the journey of how they tell their children what they are and what it means. A long missing relative visits and all sorts of memories and feeling are stirred up for the couple, and as will happen in a book, matters come to a head and decisions have to made.

I don't want to spoil any more of the story, but I will say that I really enjoyed the book, it was all about vampires, which I love, but with a difference. There were teen vamps but the book was not all about them, there was plenty of more adult themes and concerns. Because of this I would recommend this book, in particular, to any one who enjoys vampire books, but who is getting a bit tired of the young age of all the main characters.

I will watch the episode when this book is discussed with interest, and investigate other books by Matt Haig
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Initial post: 11 Apr 2014 23:01:23 BDT
John Ryan says:
Hi Jakie, Great (carefully balanced) review of "The Radley's". I hope you don't mind me contacting you, but you said you'd look out for other Matt Haig books. Can I recommend The Humans. I do wonder whether he's hit something about blokes, but it really got to me. Same intelligent writing, but on a much more difficult subject - what it means to be human?

I was really impressed. Remarkable book. My wife liked it, but was perhaps a little less effusive.

Certainly worth a read.

All the very best,

John R.

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 23:07:53 BDT
John Ryan says:
Hi Jakie, Great (carefully balanced) review of "The Radley's". I hope you don't mind me contacting you, but you said you'd look out for other Matt Haig books. Can I recommend The Humans. I do wonder whether he's hit something about blokes, but it really got to me. Same intelligent writing, but on a much more difficult subject - what it means to be human?

I was really impressed. Remarkable book. My wife liked it, but was perhaps a little less effusive.

Certainly worth a read.

All the very best,

John R.

PS. About half way through The Radley's - enjoying it so far - but he's definitely developed as a writer since this.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2014 17:35:05 BDT
Jackie says:
Thanks John,

I have purchased the book, and when I get some time to read it I will!

I'll get back to you....

Jackie
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