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Troublemakers
Troublemakers
by Catherine Barter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Troublemakers isn't like any other YA book I've read, 1 Jun. 2017
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Troublemakers isn't like any other YA book I've read, it's about teenagers and family and their problems, but it's also about so much more - politics, and the way people feel living in big cities in the 21st century, LGBTQ families... it's a brilliantly written book and the author has really captured the 15 year old main character's voice amazingly well. It's a beautiful book. Highly recommended!


Shtum
Shtum
by Jem Lester
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars It's about the magic of innocence and of a parent's love for their child, 16 April 2016
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I've never had any experience of autistic children, and I wasn't sure whether this book would be primarily aimed at people who did, but it absolutely isn't. It's for everyone. Everyone should read it! It's about the magic of innocence and of a parent's love for their child. It's about relationships and how words can tear them apart but also put them back together. It's about love. It's a devastatingly beautiful book, and I just adored it.


The Painted Ocean
The Painted Ocean
by Gabriel Packard
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a true literary page-turner, 4 Mar. 2016
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The Painted Ocean is one of the most terrifying books I've ever read - I just couldn't put it down. All that lonely Shruti, the main character, wants is to be loved - every action she takes is her trying to bring people closer to her, but everything she does ends up making things worse for herself, and it's heartbreaking to read. The pace and plotting is unbelievable, it's a true literary page-turner. Not for the faint hearted, but highly recommended.


A Girl Called Summer: Part One, Chapters 1-6 of 28
A Girl Called Summer: Part One, Chapters 1-6 of 28
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... but holidays are still far away - I completely loved these first six chapters and I can't wait to ..., 4 July 2014
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This is exactly what I wanted as the sun actually comes out in the beginning of July but holidays are still far away - I completely loved these first six chapters and I can't wait to read the rest!


Vanity
Vanity
Price: £2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing follow up to Revelry, 16 Jan. 2013
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I loved Lucy Lord's first book, and have been waiting excitedly for the sequel, which didn't disappoint! It's another dose of fun, sexy, laugh-out-loud reading - the perfect antidote to the freezing winter months! Highly recommended to anyone who wants a bit of escapism this January..!


Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now, As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It and Long for It
Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now, As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It and Long for It
by Craig Taylor
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Simple idea brilliantly executed, 2 July 2012
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I expected to dip in and out of this book, but I ended up reading the whole thing cover to cover - every single person the author interviews has a unique and fascinating story to tell about their experiences of London, a city we all sometimes love and sometimes loathe. From the homeless to high-flying bankers, every aspect of the city's population is explored, and the richness of our mishmash culture is ultimately celebrated. An essential read for any Londoner!


Cairo: My City, Our Revolution
Cairo: My City, Our Revolution
by Ahdaf Soueif
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 2 July 2012
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I love Adhaf Soueif's novels, and this non-fiction book lacks none of her glorious prose and beautiful narrative style. I read this book before going to Cairo for the first time earlier in the year, and walking around the city seeing the sights she mentions where the key moments of the revolution happened was even more exciting than it would otherwise have been! What I particularly loved however was the completely personal focus she brings to the book, involving her own family and friends and anecdotes from her childhood. Hearing about the experiences of these people who love Cairo with all their heart and soul from the mouthpiece of a uniquely gifted Egyptian writer make for a very special book.


The Yellow Wallpaper (Virago Modern Classics)
The Yellow Wallpaper (Virago Modern Classics)
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly ahead of this time, 2 July 2012
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This book is only 27 pages long, but it may as well be book length, with the amount of thought-provoking material the author provides here. The protagonist's downward spiral is absolutely terrifying, and the fact that it was based on the author's own experiences at a time when post-natal depression was not a known and treatable illness is similarly chilling. An absolutely gripping read which stays with you.


The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (Picador Classic)
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (Picador Classic)
by Oliver Sacks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible and fascinating, 2 July 2012
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Dr Sacks has done something incredible with this book - I've read several pop sciences books about neurology and brain disorders, but this is the perfect introdutory book on the subject. Firstly, the case studies are all bizarre, unique and fascinating, and secondly the way he explains the diagnoses and the different types of disorders depending on what's going on in different areas of the brain is completely comprehensible, without being patronising or talking down to the reader. Highly recommended!


Damn His Blood: Being a True and Detailed History of the Most Barbarous and Inhumane Murder at Oddingley and the Quick and Awful Retribution
Damn His Blood: Being a True and Detailed History of the Most Barbarous and Inhumane Murder at Oddingley and the Quick and Awful Retribution
by Peter Moore
Edition: Hardcover

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly brings history to life, 28 Jun. 2012
If you liked The Suspicions of Mr Whicher you'll love this - it's an absolutely gripping story, with an amazing cast of characters, and Moore really brings the dark underside of the 19th century English countryside to life. It's well-researched and also brilliantly written, with as much tension in the build up to the most dramatic sections (no spoilers!) as in any thriller. Thoroughly recommended!


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