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Iris and Ruby: A gripping, exotic historical novel by [Thomas, Rosie]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 176 customer reviews

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Praise for Iris and Ruby:

‘Thomas can write with ravishing sensuality.’ KATE SAUNDERS, The Times

‘Her evocation of the wartime [Cairo] has all the raffish, glittering brittleness of life on the edge… touches on the varieties and nuances of love betweeen men and women, and the power of family relationships to enhance and destroy lives.’ ELIZABETH BUCHAN, Daily Mail

‘Rosie Thomas is both a subtle and realistic author and her portrait of Iris is never less than absorbing.’ ELIZABETH BUCHAN, Daily Mail

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'Thomas can write with ravishing sensuality.' (The Times)

'Her evocation of the wartime [Cairo] has all the raffish, glittering brittleness of life on the edge ... touches on the varieties and nuances of love between men and women, and the power of family relationships to enhance and destroy lives.' (The Daily Mail)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1675 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (15 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z4QUYQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 176 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #804 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I've enjoyed most of the Rosie Thomas books I've read, but this is definately one of her best. It is has two story lines - Iris' great romance during the war and the current thread which relates to her granddaughter Ruby. It is very good on the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters and their unspoken expectations of each other. I also enjoyed the setting in Cairo, and the juxtaposiiton of the new and old.

A good and easy, but still intelligent read.
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By steph on 31 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
Reading this book has been a rich and thought-provoking experience. For me it has been about memory, possibility, loss, purpose and people learning to love and accept each other and even themselves. This is all set against the two backdrops of wartime and modern Cairo vividly brought to life and intricately intertwined. A lovely book.
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Format: Paperback
I have never read a Rosie Thomas book before. Now I am going to go out and buy all of them. Iris and Ruby is a spectacular romantic read about a doomed epic love that shaped a woman's life so proufoundly that even nearing death she clings to her memories of a bygone time and the life that should have been - telling her stories to her granddaughter, who absorbs them with a quiet fascination - the bond between them slowly growing to the heartbreaking end. Iris's story is told to her granddaughter who goes to Cairo looking for the grandmother she never knew, and finds a mesmerizing history that explains a lot about who she is and the family she has come from. I loved this book. I can't tell you how much. I cried to the point of howling tears at the end. Rosie Thomas is a truly gifted storyteller who weaves a description of wartime and modern day Cairo that unfolds colourfully before my eyes. Interestingly, the book is told in first and third person, switching often between the two. Yet the result is a captivating, because Thomas is such a skilled storyteller. I was so disappointed to get to the end. There are some books that are good but leave little impression, and then there are some books that we know we'll never forget - this is one of them.
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Format: Hardcover
I could not put this book down. Absolutely wonderful narrative, you feel like you are journeying along with the two women. I was really sorry to finish it and just felt that I had read something really special.
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Format: Hardcover
As a fan of Rosie Thomas I didn't expect this book to disappoint and thankfully I was right; the amazing thing about Thomas is her ability to craft characters you'll remember and in this instance both Iris and Ruby stay with the reader for a long time afterwards.

Iris' backstory of war and lost love during WWII is contrasted with the appearance of her long-lost spunky teenage granddaughter Ruby unexpectedly visiting her in modern-day Egypt; the descriptions of frantic, bustling Cairo are just gorgeous and you can almost hear the hubbub of the traffic and smell the rich scents of the market. Rosie Thomas has an ability to conjur up imagery in her readers' heads that is just downright enviable!

This book had me hooked from the start and I was sorry to finish it as you really do become involved with both central characters. A truly wonderful read.
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Format: Paperback
I really loved this book.

The writing is fantastic and you really can smell and feel the atmosphere of bustling Cairo.

There was not one dull moment and it is one of those books that you can't wait to read the ending but also sad that it has finished.
The characters are realistic, they are not always entirely lovable but this book really does make you consider and cherish your own family relationships.

This book lightened my life whilst I was reading it - thoroughly recommended!
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Format: Paperback
As someone who has been to Cairo on several occasions and loves the place A friend recommended this as a possible read. I picked the book up and couldn't put it down. Life inconveniently kept getting in the way but I managed to read it in under a week, which is good for me. Now I have finished it I really want to read it all again. The authors story takes me back to modern Cairo with great accuracy but also gives me enough to conjure up what it would have been like back in War Time. They way the book is written made me believe in the characters and want to be more involved with them as the book progressed. It was not too slushy or to the other extreme too serious. It is not the kind of book I would usually have picked up by I recommend it to anyone who like me has a love of Eygpt, personal interest or just a damn good story!!
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read this book in just three days, and could hardly bear to put it down.
The story is set in Cairo and spans the years of WW2 and the next 2 generations of a family.

Iris has become estranged from her daughter, Lesley, who is married with 2 children. The eldest "child", Ruby does not get along with her step father and feels that she can never do anything to please her family, so she takes herself off to Cairo to visit her gran. Iris and Ruby may haave an age gap of 60+ but they are alike in many ways, and really get along well. Ruby becomes more of a companion to iris, untilthe old lady dies. In this time ,the author discreetly shows her readers how Ruby grows upand comes to understand so much more about her mother and about herself.
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