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Fathers and Sons
Fathers and Sons
by Howard Cunnell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and poignant, 24 April 2017
This review is from: Fathers and Sons (Hardcover)
I was gripped by this from it's moving first page. Full of the raw stuff of life. A zeitgeist subject (about parenthood and a transgender child) told with wit, wisdom and rare insight. My guess is this will become a cult classic.


How to Feed Your Friends with Relish
How to Feed Your Friends with Relish
by Ms. Joanna Weinberg
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a sizzlingly good read, 21 Sept. 2007
I'm a terrible cook and own no cook books - even the sound of people mentioning 'Nigella' and 'Gordon' annoys me, so when someone bought me this, I imagined I'd gift it on. But a quick flick through was enough to change my mind - a few days later it's not only persuaded me to do some good cooking, but it's like meeting a new best friend. Weinberg's voice is exactly the one you want in your head whenever you're thinking about having friends around, and even when you're not. Sincerely recommended.


Poppy Shakespeare
Poppy Shakespeare
by Clare Allan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a seminal work, 4 May 2006
This review is from: Poppy Shakespeare (Hardcover)
Despite being an avid reader of fiction, I can count on two hands the amount of

books which have moved and delighted me as much as Clare Allan's "Poppy

Shakespeare".

As a social worker I am constantly frustrated by the way our society deceives

itself when it comes to issues of mental health. But while my feelings would

probably make for a slightly turgid article in the newspaper, what is remarkable

about this book is how subtly Allan weaves these concerns into an ingenious

story, whilst never resorting to the heavy-handed.

But be warned! Because of the risks it takes, this tragicomic view of the

circular world of Abbadon and its 'dribblers' is not an easy pill to swallow. It

takes courage to digest the subtext of "Poppy Shakespeare" - and a willingness

to loosen our hysterical grip on that thing we call 'sanity'. Go on, I dare you!

 


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