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Felix '42: The war for Felix on the home front in 1942
Felix '42: The war for Felix on the home front in 1942
Price: £1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful book!, 10 April 2016
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What a delightful book this is! The war seen from the point of view of a child. I have often wondered what it might be like and this book gives such a lovely insight into what seems like a different world. The dialogue is superb, offering a glimpse of the ways in which families talk about the enemy in such a way as we might talk about the conservatives!
The only niggle I have is a few typo errors and sometimes the story jumps to a a new plot without seeming to end the previous or with an introduction to the new. On the whole though I would recommend this book to adults and children alike as a tickling yarn that educates us into a side of war life that is little talked about.

Well done Martin Tucker!

The Grass Arena: An Autobiography (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Grass Arena: An Autobiography (Penguin Modern Classics)
by John Healy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hard pleasure, 19 April 2010
In some ways this book is a hard one to read, not because of any inadequacies in the written style of the book, which is forthwright and punchy, but because of it's honesty. John Healy hasn't held back and right from the beginning of the book, when we are exposed to his father's agressive parenting, we know that this is no 'life-through-rose-tinted-glasses' account.

The Grass Arena refers to John's life as a homeless junkie in the parks of London. This is where the pleasure of the book lies. He describes a world which seems to be happening in parallel to the 'real' one, but it is no less real for John or those that shared their existence with him. It is very difficult to understand how anyone can live this way and survive for any length of time. Thankfully, John did, eventually finding chess which brought him back to a more healthy existence and a future.

This book is already a classic. I would love to see it on the curriculum.

Gabrielle O'Grady

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