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Village Secrets: Tales from Turnham Malpas, Book 5 Audio Download – Unabridged

4.4 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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  • Listening Length: 9 hours
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 25 Jun. 2007
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SQCWP0
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The characters in these books have now become old friends. Rebecca Shaw has a style of writing which makes even everyday things very interesting. She is constantly introducing things that arouses your curiosity and makes you keep on reading. This book features a new character who becomes involved with black magic, but of course everything works out all right in the end.
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Good story with lots of interesting items about the area. I did enjoy it but found it a little bit log-winded at times hence not giving a 5. Good book for anyone living in a similar area to the story.
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This is my first Rebecca Shaw and I was expecting something like a modern day Cranford: village lives and cosy domesticity. There is that, but there's also something insidious and unpleasant about the way this story demonises difference.

Kate, the new schoolteacher, meditates, believes trees and plants feel pain, is vegan and has been to Africa - and, in this story, all this is equated with being unchristian and evil. When she tries to introduce the children to other cultures she is told there's no need for the children to know about them as there are only `white' families in the village, by which the author clearly means `English' in a narrow and reductive sense.

The whole plot of the story turns on intolerance for difference in any form, whether religious, social (one of the `evil' women is a single mother who is shown to be dirty, untidy and irresponsible as far as her children are concerned) or cultural. Kate, too, can't be accepted within the village till she turns her back on her beliefs and throws away all her African artefacts.

Yes, there are `traditional' values which are still worth preserving but the kind of hatred, contempt and disrespect for anything other than the traditional, conventional and mythically English which informs this story left me feeling very disturbed. Regardless of the author's intention, texts themselves have their own ideologies and value systems, and those at play here felt both dangerous and deeply unpleasant to me.
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This book was not as described not in very good condition like stated with writing on the front and inside and the book was a 1998 edition so not the same as the ones I already have very disappointed.
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There are so many things I dislike about this book that I'm not sure where to start. I didn't like a single one of the (entirely one-dimensional) characters. There was one I nearly liked but that went straight out the window when she was so pathetically grateful to her husband for not saying out loud that she was making their children miserable by daring to continue working as a GP - that was clearly his view, but he was OMG-such-a-wonderful-man for not *saying* it. Leaving aside my quibbles about the standard of writing, and the fact that in places it was obvious the author had struggled to find the right word and settled for something they thought was similar (e.g. using implicated where she clearly meant complicit), this book is only for you if you believe in setting back the women's rights movement by a minimum of six decades, and that being vegan is tantamount to devil worship.

I think the other reviewer who gave this one star expresses it better than I have, but basically this book encourages intolerance of any perceived deviation from a supposedly fairytale notion of Englishness, which is in fact extremely backward-looking and bigoted. If you're not white, conservative and a regular church-goer, if you like to wear black, meditate or have any beliefs that could be considered alternative, if you are a single mother, you are undesirable in this horrid little world. This has really left a nasty taste in my mouth.
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Well what is there to say about this book, it kept me spellbound right through the story, I am just hunting through Amazon for another good book of Rebecca Shaw, I have read a few of her books and am never disappointed.
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This book is a must for everyone who enjoys a good book, I love this writer because all her books keeps the same people and each book you catch up with each of them.
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Another episode in the story of village life, the characters are so believable and the village affairs take me back to my childhood although witchcraft never occurred to my knowledge it certainly made a good story here.
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