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Language of Thieves Hardcover – 29 Apr 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (29 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0709092245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0709092247
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,822,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Elizabeth Jackson, born one of six children in 1950 has lived in North Yorkshire all her life. She worked as a carpet salesperson whilst training to become a psychotherapist. Happily married for thirty five years, Elizabeth has six children and seven grandchildren. She drew inspiration for Language of Thieves by her mother who had fond memories of Appleby fair and regaled them with stories.

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Don't know this writer and bought the book of the day. Big mistake - well at 99p not that big - unless you are into Mills & Boon, don't bother!
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I found "Language of Thieves" by Elizabeth Jackson to be a compelling read and not easy to put down. It is a beautifully structured story that effortlessly holds the different strands of the plot together and the reader is carried through the text at a smooth and rhythmic pace that compliments its subject matter! Elizabeth has an uncanny ability to write dialect that reads both naturally and easily without becoming stereotypical and "Northern", her descriptions beautifully create a sense of place, but above all she portrays the Romany people, their culture and way of life, vividly, honestly, and with humanity and warmth. The story is as varied and colourful as the characters in it and neatly avoids being pigeonholed and labelled. This is as much a tale for men as it is women with a potent mix of action, romance, intrigue, class and racial tension that resolves in a nailbiting climax that will have you on the edge of your seat. Congratulations to the author of this excellent book which is both challenging and immensely entertaining. I thoroughly recommend it.
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The worst book I have read in a long long time, cardboard characters, cringe inducing dialogue, a plot by numbers and an ending that felt like the author (though I doubt it was written by a human being) had just got as fed up as her readers and couldn't bear to prolong the torment any longer. I am still wondering why I bothered finishing it at all but I was truly mesmerised by the awfulness of it, I still can't believe somebody agreed to publish it.
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I loved this book. Its got everything to hold your interest from start to finish. Very exciting, I could not put it down. Very likable main characters, beautiful descriptions of places, I feel i want to visit. Fantastic, a lovely read to take on holiday and thoroughly enjoy. Looking forward to your next book Elizabeth.
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Good start to the book, thought I was in for a good read. Sadly it quickly went downhill with stereotypical characters of traveller folk and the gentry. What an unbelievable main character Daisy was! And oh dear, the sexual content was quite laughable at times. Kept forgetting the book was set in the late 1940's - early 50's, seemed decades earlier. An abrupt and unsatisfying ending.
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I didn't like this book at all. The characters were two dimensional stereotypes with no depth whatsoever. They could have been taken straight from a "how to write a Mills and Boon romance" handbook. Hero and heroine from different social classes - check; black-hearted pantomime villain - check; lunatic in the attic - check. The plot was so predictable I could have sketched it out myself after the first chapter, but I didn't have to as a gypsy fortune-teller consulted by the hero did it for me. As for the ending, it was so contrived and implausible it was laughable. I also had great difficulty remembering this was set in the 1940s. Apart from the cars which the characters had acquired before the end of the book, it had the feel of being set fifty years earlier. There was no feeling for the period, no mention of the rationing which made life difficult for people living in the late 40s. And the sex scenes struck me as just being added for a bit of titillation in a dull plot. Wouldn't recommend.
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I really got caught up in this book as it reminded me of some of the Romantic classics. Its well written and there are lots of twists and turns. You can imagine being there and it stimulates all the senses. Really enjoyed it.
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The story line for this book was full of promise, however, Elizabeth Jackson seemed to have been in a hurry as her characters were made to switch love on or off within one sentence. The abruptness of the characters' changes of heart woke me up from my suspension of disbelief a couple of times during this novel. I think more time could also have been spent developing the characters of some of the supporting cast as the reader is expected to invest emotionally in characters that remain strangers despite their fairly central role within the story.
The story line was a good idea and I enjoyed the horses and Appleby Fair very much.
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