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Sunbathing in the Rain: A Cheerful Book About Depression
Sunbathing in the Rain: A Cheerful Book About Depression
by Gwyneth Lewis
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 16 July 2002
Some may find Sunbathing in the Rain too practical to be of help in their recovery from depression. I read this cheerful book about depression whilst in the depths of this debilitating illness myself. The book gave me hope, practical solutions, and it gave me an excellent communication tool for those who were trying to care for me at the time when I did not want to utter a word. Gwyneth Lewis' account made me laugh out loud and her experience made me look at the illness in a different light. Although I did not agree with many of her own deductions or advice, her experienced voice spoke volumns and I did not feel so alone and afraid. An outstanding job!


Immaculate Conceit
Immaculate Conceit
by Stella Duffy
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing yet mildy amusing, 16 July 2002
This review is from: Immaculate Conceit (Paperback)
Lap dancer Sofia is quite content with her life. Living upstairs from her ex-boyfriend, partying, boozing and snorting coke, she is visited one night by an Angel called Gabriel. He informs that the she is pregnant with the next Messiah. ‘Immaculate Conceit’ takes us through her journey through depression, her addictions and her coming to terms with being a Mum and of course her new founded relationship with a modern day smoking, drinking Angel. The book is light-hearted, swiftly skimming the surface of the root causes of Sofia’s psychological problems: the perfectionist parents, her relationship to her body and her fear of shopping. Duffy this time, has unfortunately created a two-dimensional character with little substance. Enjoyable to read and mildly humorous, it is however, not a book from which you come away feeling as though you have eaten a five-course meal. Reading this book is more like eating a packet of crisps to ward off your hunger, whilst waiting for the pasta to finish cooking.


Enduring Love
Enduring Love
by Ian McEwan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.83

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping from the first to the last page!, 16 July 2002
This review is from: Enduring Love (Paperback)
Clarissa and Joe are picnicking together in a field after spending six weeks apart - the longest stint in their seven-year relationship, when tragedy strikes. A group of six strangers are drawn together in an attempt to rescue 10-year-old Harry Gadd from a flailing hot air balloon. Joe's chance meeting with one of the rescuers, a disillusioned Jed Parry, leads to the beginning of an unrequited obsession, fuelled by what Joe later diagnoses as de Clerambault's syndrome. As Parry's obsession deepens, Joe is drawn in and his relationship to Clarissa weakens, so too his grip on his own life. McEwan draws us in from the first page to the last, creating memorable and authentic characters alongside an enthralling plot. A gripping read which should not be missed.


Immaculate Conceit
Immaculate Conceit
by Stella Duffy
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fantastical, and a little disappointing, 10 July 2002
This review is from: Immaculate Conceit (Paperback)
Lap dancer Sofia is quite content with her life. Living upstairs from her ex-boyfriend, partying, boozing and snorting coke, she is visited one night by an Angel called Gabriel. He informs that the she is pregnant with the next Messiah. 'Immaculate Conceit' takes us through her journey through depression, her addictions and her coming to terms with being a Mum and of course her new founded relationship with a modern day smoking, drinking Angel. The book is light-hearted, swiftly skimming the surface (was it necessary?) of Sofia's psychological problems: the perfectionist parents; her relationship to her body and her inability to go shopping. Duffy this time, has unfortunately created a two-dimensional character with little substance. Enjoyable to read and mildly humorous, just do not expect to come away feeling as though you have eaten a five-course meal. Reading this book is more like eating a packet of crisps to ward off your hunger, whilst waiting for the pasta to finish cooking. Pick up a copy of 'Singling out the Couples' instead.
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I Know This Much is True
I Know This Much is True
by Wally Lamb
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.88

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning piece of fiction, 20 Jun. 2000
Dominick Birdsey's life centres around that of his identical twin Thomas, who is a paranoid schizophrenic. Wally Lamb manages to tell not only his story of "coming to terms" with his family life, but also the "first person" story of past generations. Do not be put off by the 900 page read, as you will become so engrossed in the story that it will keep you awake at night! One of the best books I've read all year.


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