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Books read in 2008 and early 2009

Madam Butterfly
 
The Sound of Laughter
The Sound of Laughter
"The first chapter was hilarious.  After that, it became rather flat.  It was still a good read but would have expected far more humour from Peter Kay."
One Good Turn: (Jackson Brodie)
One Good Turn: (Jackson Brodie)
"I love Kate Atkinson and loved this book.  However, for those expecting a "crime" novel, they may well be disappointed."
Prison Diary: Volume 2 - Purgatory
Prison Diary: Volume 2 - Purgatory
"Not a patch on the first Prison Diary but still a good read, giving an insight into prison life."
Another Woman
Another Woman
"I had this book on my shelf for years, waiting until I was in the mood for an undemanding "page turner".  This book fit the bill perfectly!"
Memoirs Of A Geisha
Memoirs Of A Geisha
"A sensational read.  Set in Japan before the 2nd world war, its beautifully written and totally different to anything else I've read."
Like Water For Chocolate
Like Water For Chocolate
"A fabulous book.  An unusual love story.  Literary and magical."
Innocent Traitor
Innocent Traitor
"A novel based on the short life of  Lady Jane Grey.  A great read and of historical interest."
The Bulgari Connection
The Bulgari Connection
"Fay Weldon is probably my favourite writer.  This book is funny and clever."
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud
"Found this book really quite hard to get into but I'm so glad I persisted, it is a wonderful story and really quite profound.  Highly recommended.."
Unbeaten: The Story of My Brutal Childhood
Unbeaten: The Story of My Brutal Childhood
"What a woman!  She has come through so much.  Whether or not you are fan of Kim Woodburn's, this is a great read."
No Time For Goodbye
No Time For Goodbye
"This was great, really unputdownable - until about one third from the end, when it suddenly becomes tedious.  As though the author himself got bored with it."
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
"An unusual book in the form of emails, press releases and interviews.  A good read."
The Promise Of Happiness
The Promise Of Happiness
"A middle class family in crisis.  Nothing much happens but that doesn't stop it beng very enjoyable and interesting."
Shakespeare: The World as a Stage (Eminent Lives)
Shakespeare: The World as a Stage (Eminent Lives)
"I learnt so much from this book.  Its written in a punchy style which is never boring and is often very witty."
The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
"What a story!  Set in Afghanistan, its a real emotional roller coster.  Highly recommended."
Tears Of The Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)
Tears Of The Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)
"The 2nd book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.  A real feel good book."
The Road Home
The Road Home
"Entertaining and insightful story around the East European immigrant's experince in the UK. A really good, uncomplicated read."
Engleby
Engleby
"A fascinating insight into a troubled mind, very clever, witty and thought provoking.  This is exactly my kind of book.  Highly recommended for literature lovers."
The Book Thief
The Book Thief
"An usual idea to have a book narated by "Death".  Found it a bit long winded in places but overall an excellent, thought-provoking read."
The Jane Austen Book Club
The Jane Austen Book Club
"Started off as a fairly pleasant read but after a few chapters it just got boring and I had to give up on it.  Big disappointment."
Five Quarters Of The Orange
Five Quarters Of The Orange
"I was enjoying this book but by the end I found it very frustrating as so many things unanswered and confusing.  I feel annoyed at the author  for wasting my time.   I would not  recommend this book."
Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger
Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger
"Loved this book.  Easy to read, laugh out loud funny in places, heartbreaking in others.  Highly recommended especially for those growing up in the 60s and 70s."
The White Tiger
The White Tiger
"Superb.  Fast paced, funny at times, tragic and just a great read about a country and its culture I previoulsy had very little idea about.  Worthy Booker Prize Winner."
The Road
The Road
"A most unusual book which took me a while to get into, especially as the dialogue is so repetitive.    It certainly is beauitful. haunting and unforgettable."
The Gargoyle
The Gargoyle