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Bread and Chocolate by [Gregory, Philippa]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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‘To those that have feasted on Joanne Harris’s delightful novel Chocolat, the title of this collection of short stories should give ample hint as to their themes…All of these modern morality tales are well observed and tastily enjoyable’ The Times

‘This stunning collection of short stories (is) about modern relationships – and modern women. Every twist and turn, nuance and delicacy of the mating game is portrayed…Throughout, Gregory’s grasp of the female psyche never errs…It is a significant accomplishment’ Daily Mail

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Phillipa Gregory is well known for her historical novels, and has become increasingly acclaimed for her tales of contemporary suspense. But in addition she has always written short stories. Many appear in print for the first time in this rich selection.

A TV Chef who specialises in outrageous cakes tempts a monk who bakes bread for his brothers; a surprise visitor invites mayhem into the perfect minimalist flat in the season of good will; a woman explains her unique view of straying husbands; straying husbands encounter a variety of inventive responses. These are just some of the delicacies on offer in this sumptuous box of delights, which will make the perfect gift for anyone who appreciates an incisive, original view of life.

PHILIPPA GREGORY is the established writer and broadcaster for radio and television. She holds a Ph.D in eighteenth-century literature from the University of Edinburgh. She has been wridely praised for her historical novels, including 'Earthly Joys, Virgin Earth' and'A Respectable Trade'(which was adapted for BBC television), as well as her works of contemporary suspense. Philippa Gregory lives in the North of England with her family.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (11 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z4SM42
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,948 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I couldn't disagree more with the previous review. Having enjoyed many of Philippa Gregory's novels, I was interested to see how her short stories would compare, and I must say I found them a delight to read. From the sweet, simple 'Wave Machine', to the darker tones of 'The Magic Box', I was instantly swept along by the author's subtle, artistic prose. I have always had a high opinion of Philippa Gregory's work and this book is yet more proof to me of why that is so.
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Format: Audio Cassette
Reading a book of short stories is rather like listening to a music CD and in this case a CD in which you like all the tracks - a rarity.
The stories are well written and incisive, funny, touching, thought provoking and sometimes chilling. Philippa Gregory manages to elicit a gamut of emotions in the reader. The stories rely on her characterisation, which makes each one believable. Betrayal appears in more than one story. Bread and Chocolate the title story is of this time, starting in a Monastery it moves to a TV studio and made me laugh out loud. Conjuring Trick really conjures up a chilling tale, while the Wave Machine is a study in innocence.
However, there was one story that I didn't read purely because it was historical, set in medieval times, and I skipped it just like a track that jars on a CD. Philipa Gregory writes historical novels (none of which I read) so I assume that's why she slipped it in. However, others will probably like it and its just a personal picky preference of mine not to!
All in all, this collection makes an excellent read and a perfect Christmas present.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Sept. 2013
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I hadn't read anything by Philippa Gregory until I read this sparkling collection of seventeen short stories but I think I shall be reading at least some of her other books. The stories are a mixture of genres - historical, mystery, supernatural and stories about people going about their daily lives.

I enjoyed all the stories - which is unusual in such a collection - and I found them all to be of an equally high standard. I particularly liked the title story which features a monk who loves baking. My other favourites were - `The Wave Machine' about a small child's effect on a single man; `The Magic Box' - which sent shivers down my spine and `The Garden' about a controlling man and the wife who sees a means of escape.

I think this is a collection of short stories which I shall be reading more than once. I'm pleased that the advent of e-books has meant authors and publishers taking a chance on short story collections sometimes short stories are just what the reader needs to dip into rather than a full length novel.
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Format: Paperback
Having read about 98% of Philippa Gregory's work I saved this one to enjoy on a long-haul flight. It proved a wise decision as it allowed for the breaks in concentration that this situation enforces upon you. The journey passed very enjoyably and the book was very easy to keep returning to due to the fact that it is short stories.
Yet another winner from this superb authoress.
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By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Jan. 2015
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If you are fond of short stories - I urge you to check this collection out! So delicious, interesting, stirring, inspirational and, occasionally, moving (on some other occasions, delightfully creepy!). I have never read anything by Philippa Gregory but boy will I check her fiction out now! I absolutely loved this collection!
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Disappointed with what turned out to be magazine-type stories of the most undemanding kind. There were a couple of reasonably successful attempts at a light, sub-Fay Weldon style of feminist humour ,but I found the sickeningly sweet ending of another almost obliterated their effect. Perhaps I should have been less critical if I hadn't just been reading the incomparably better short stories of Cheever, O'Connor and Yates.
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Format: Hardcover
Reading a book of short stories is rather like listening to a music CD and in this case a CD in which I like all the tracks - a rarity.
The stories are well written and incisive, funny, touching, thought provoking and sometimes chilling. She manages to elicit a gamut of emotions in the reader. The stories rely on her characterisation, which makes each one believable. Betrayal appears in more than one story. Bread and chocolate the title story is of this time, starting in a Monastery but moves to a TV studio is hilarious. Conjuring Trick really conjures up a chilling tale, while the Wave Machine is a study in innocence.
However, there was one story that I didn't read purely because it was historical, set in medieval times, and I skipped it just like a track on a CD that jars. Philipa Gregory writes historical novels (none of which I read) so I assume that's why she slipped it in. However, others will probably like it and its just a personal picky preference of mine not to!
All in all, this collection makes an excellent read and a perfect Christmas present.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Really quirky, with totally unexpected endings. Writing what one expects from Philippa Gregory. having read all, i think, her books i would encourage anyone to read them too.
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