Whitewalls Paperback – 3 Oct 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a rich, compelling family saga, full of movement, character and interest (and the odd sexy bit, too.) Sweeping across Europe from Scotland to the South of France, there's something in it for anyone who ever wanted to look behind the arras at upper-class British behaviour. Christine knows this life well, and here are some secrets that could be straight out of her own distinguished family cupboard.
You'll enjoy this book whether you're curious, nostalgic or just plain nosy - it's great fun.
The characters are very identifiable by anyone who knows the Scottish social scene and this leads to great enjoyment by the reader.
Some reviewers complain there are literals in the text. There may be, but as a former magazine editor I know only too well, even with the most rigorous editing, something always seems to slip through. This certainly does not distract from Whitewalls being a great first novel from the author. We look forward to more and thoroughly recommend Whitewalls as a good read in the Kindle version.
This book is written with taste, by an author who has taste and who has tasted the intrigue of Edinburgh, the beauty of Borders life and beyond. Blending in the mutual cultures from perhaps first hand experience Christine Richard has brought a real feel for it into this book. You may find yourself identifying with one or two of the characters so don't you get into any more sticky situations as result of reading what might happen to you.
You folks in the good old USA who love Edinburgh buy this book too-read it, walk it, feel it. Find the places,settings and maybe the people. You will finish up with a nice warm feeling like a summers day, throw in a late thunderstorm to cool down and settle the atmosphere. Go out in the evening after your sundowner enjoy a classy meal, walk and talk with your loved one in the balmy night air, slip between the sheets....... then dream (maybe dread)the next eventful day in the city or the countryside- wherever your imagination takes you.
A sequel please and someone should write the screenplay. BBC your next prime time series for a Sunday evening.!
The characters are clearly defined: it felt as if I'd always known them. One of the delights was that they are not all adults but also children and animals.Of course other writers introduce kids, dogs, horses etc but few manage to present them as such individualised and interesting beings. We care about what happens to all of them.
I enjoyed the details of the characters' lives, clothes, furniture and food that all added to the reader's understanding of who they were and of the plot development.
It was such a relief to read a novel that was more about interesting characters interacting, than about horror, violence and lurid sex scenes....not that the author avoids description of any of these when we need to know!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was recently clearing out some books and came across this little nugget of awfulness. If I had to read about another new potato I wa ready to throw up. Read morePublished on 24 May 2012 by Jayemtee
I didn't know whether to laugh or cry after reading Whitewalls. It's so bad! Poorly written; badly edited, if at all; superficial characters thinly drawn; predictable story line;... Read morePublished on 29 Oct. 2011 by scottie
Utter twaddle! Riddled with mistakes and unbelievably cliched, it was so bad it was almost funny - but not quite!Published on 13 Jun. 2011 by Hillock
What can I say I work in a library and have read thousands of books but never one as poorly written as this? Has the writer ever heard of a proofreader? Read morePublished on 27 May 2011 by Isobelp
I have just finished reading Whitewalls which was recommended by a friend and would recommend it to anyone who wants to have a relaxing read and be taken on a journey full of... Read morePublished on 16 May 2011 by Jules Atkinson
I loved it !! Richards has displayed the most detailed and intimate understanding of the human condition. This novel is engaging and compelling. Read morePublished on 1 May 2011 by s thomson
This is a truly awful book. It is poorly written and is in desperate need of a good edit. The characters have little depth and the storyline crowded with too many ideas, none of... Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2010 by Patrizio