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People of the Book
People of the Book
by Geraldine Brooks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, intricate book., 12 Mar. 2016
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This is a wonderful, intricate book - as intricate as the ancient Jewish text which is at the heart of the story. I love books which weave together stories from different places and different times, and that's what this book does brilliantly.


The Drover's Dogs
The Drover's Dogs
by Susan Price
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars To Mull with the drover's dogs!, 12 Mar. 2016
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This arrived on Thursday. I opened it, just to have a look at the first page or two - I'm in the middle of several other books so didn't mean to start reading it. But I was very quickly hooked. As the other reviewers have said, it's quite a simple story - most of it is about a boy's journey through Scotland in search of freedom and happiness. But it's so well told - and also as the other reviewers say, it brings in a good deal of social and economic history of Scotland along the way, albeit in a very intrusive fashion. But it was the characters and the language that I enjoyed most - and I think children will really enjoy the adventures of Sandy and the two dogs who become his guides and protectors.


Prince of Wolves (The Legend of Genghis Khan Book 1)
Prince of Wolves (The Legend of Genghis Khan Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The young Genghis, 21 Feb. 2016
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It's an interesting idea, this - to tell the story of the young Genghis Khan in several installments, each from the point of view of a different character. you warm to the character of Genghis, and the story is told with verve, pace and humour. Katherine Roberts gets deep into a very distant and different way of life - the detail is impressive. But it's the relationships that are central - I'm looking forward to reading the version by Borta, Temujin's young wife. A lot of violence, but you could hardly avoid that in a story about Genghis Khan! A fascinating glimpse into an utterly different way of life, and into the early life of a leader whose name is a byword, but about whom most people, including me, probably knew very little.


The Runaway Chapatti
The Runaway Chapatti
by Susan Price
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Children will love the repetition and the sense of danger - and ..., 4 Jan. 2016
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This is an entertaining and energetic retelling of the old story of The Gingerbread Man, written by Carnegie award-winning author Susan Price. In this version, the action is transposed to India, which provides the prompt for gorgeously vivid illustrations by Adam Price. Children will love the repetition and the sense of danger - and the gleefully smug expression on the tiger's face on the last page!


A Devil Under the Skin (Kiszka & Kershaw, Book 3)
A Devil Under the Skin (Kiszka & Kershaw, Book 3)
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, great characters., 31 July 2015
The only bad thing about this book is that it's the most recently published, and there's a heart-freezing hook at the end! In this one, Janusz and Natalie come up against some very nasty characters indeed - and this time, it's personal for Janusz, because the villains have got his beloved Kasia.


Heartstone (The Shardlake Series Book 5)
Heartstone (The Shardlake Series Book 5)
Price: £3.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Mar. 2015
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Wonderful. The best yet of the Shardlake series - the Tudor court felt very real.


Borrower of the Night (Vicky Bliss)
Borrower of the Night (Vicky Bliss)
Price: £4.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody novels, 4 Mar. 2015
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I absolutely love Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody novels, and when I'd finished them I thought I would try this Vicky Bliss novel. But it doesn't have the same magic. I think perhaps it's the comedy that arises from the interaction between the characters that's missing... not sure, but this didn't really work for me.


Game Changer
Game Changer
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale full of tautness and tension!, 4 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Game Changer (Kindle Edition)
This is a taut, utterly gripping thriller which you probably shouldn't read late at night, because 1) you certainly won't want to put it down and 2) there is some seriously scary stuff in it.

There's also some very interesting stuff in it. Mikey is in some ways a very unlikely hero, because he is agorophobic - he's terrified of the outside, of light open spaces. His refuge is his wardrobe, his books (classics, like 'Moby Dick' and 'Oliver Twist) are his talismen. Tim Bowler describes what it's like to be Mikey so effectively that you really know what it's like to be inside his head; you feel his torment, particularly when he finds himself in a situation where if he doesn't overcome his phobia, he will never forgive himself.

The other very interesting thing is his relationships, particularly with his family. In much teen fiction, siblings are there to provide conflict, to be annoying and to get in the way. In this book, Meggie, Mikey's younger sister, is his champion and protector, and the relationship between them is incredibly tender - which provides a welcome counter-balance to the ruthlessness of some of the other characters. His parents, too, are supportive, sensitive and understanding - not characters who are simply there to be reacted against.

Tim Bowler maintains a high level of tension throughout, and his tale is very skilfully told. A really excellent read - for old adults as well as younfg ones!


The Paris Winter
The Paris Winter
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific!, 7 Dec. 2014
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I started off thinking this was going to be a sort of coming of age in 19th century Paris (which would have been fine) but it tuned into a richly engrossing Gothic thriller. Terrific!
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The Woman Who Wouldn't Die: A Dr Siri Murder Mystery (Dr Siri Paiboun Mystery Book 9)
The Woman Who Wouldn't Die: A Dr Siri Murder Mystery (Dr Siri Paiboun Mystery Book 9)
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Nov. 2014
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Like all the others in this series, this is terrific: funny, wise, and with a great cast of characters.


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