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Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis
Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis
by Wendy Cope
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and poignant, 1 Sept. 2003
'Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis' is a joy to read. Wendy Cope writes witty and refreshing poems which are ideal to read aloud and share with others - they had my whole family in stitches. 'From June to December' is a funny and touching account of the different emotions which are experienced at the start of a relationship, and at its termination. Wendy Cope has a great talent for describing human emotions, particularly love, in a way that we can all identify with. However, her talent is not restricted to humorous poetry, and 'Tich Miller' effectively conveys what it is like to be the outcast who is picked last for teams during school sports, and although the narrator is able to get one over her athletic counterparts, "sneering at hockey players who couldn't spell", tragically Tich Miller dies before she can find any kind of niche for herself. One of the most enjoyable, touching poetry collections I have ever read.

The Other Boleyn Girl
The Other Boleyn Girl
by Philippa Gregory
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing Historical Novel, 9 Jan. 2003
This review is from: The Other Boleyn Girl (Paperback)
'The Other Boleyn Girl' is one of the most interesting, absorbing novels I have ever read. It was intriguing to find out more about Henry VIII besides the "Divorced, Beheaded, Died. Divorced, Beheaded, Survived" infamous account of the fate of his wives. It caused me to view events in a different light; the novel reveals how Anne was the victim of her own cruel ambition, and the character of Mary elicits empathy in the reader as she is cast aside, taken up again, used and abused by her family, when she would rather be with her children, away from the vicious gossip, corruption, decadence and debauchery of Henry VIII's court. I stayed up until 2am on more than one occasion reading this book; I was completely immersed in it, and I would recommend it even to those who do not normally read historical novels.

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