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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 5 April 2016
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Just what I was looking for.


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Tiger washable blue ink eraser and permanent blue re-writer - pack of 4 pens
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd paid more attention to the bad reviews here, 4 Sept. 2014
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Rubbish. The pen doesn't work, so although you can erase ink, you can't actually write over the mistake. Wish I'd paid more attention to the bad reviews here. I won't be buying these again.


The Summer We All Ran Away
The Summer We All Ran Away
by Cassandra Parkin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful evocation of friendship and love, 13 Oct. 2013
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When nineteen year old Davey arrives at an abandoned house in Cornwall, drunk and beaten, he is taken in by Kate, Tom, Priss and Isaac whose stories unfold as the narrative progresses. The Summer We All Ran Away is a thoughtful, 'lost and found' novel that moves seamlessly between times as it examines friendship and love over several decades.


Spellbound: Stories of Women's Magic Over Men
Spellbound: Stories of Women's Magic Over Men
by Joel Willans
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Observant and humorous, 28 Jan. 2013
`Spellbound' is an entertaining, skilfully written collection of stories about love. Willans' prose is observant and humorous, and while the men in his stories are plagued by regrets and uncertainty, they are largely sensitive and likeable. Even the pimp in `Opportunity Man' is revealed to be `more boy than man' in a sketch drawn by the Finnish girl he is trying to entrap.

Willans has an eye for entertaining details. In `The Cost of Advertising,' Eliot starts the day with `a Marlboro Light and a biscuit Boost' and the Jackson Pollock themed room in an advertising agency is, `as you would expect, splattered.' In `Five Reasons for Leaving,' Sanna leaves a list on Oliver's table when she leaves. Her number one reason is, `You hate my ducks.'

The men in this collection battle for women's hearts with chocolate and chairs, business cards and coconut biscuits. In `Shoot Yourself Dead' Henry approaches conception like a project with an Egg Day Excel spreadsheet, while the young man in `The Wrong Bus Girl' mistakenly thinks he has given fate a helping hand.

Many of these stories are sad, but they aren't sentimental or maudlin. `Buy Ma Biscuits Or Kiss Ma Fish' is a narrative spiked by doubt and self-loathing, but the ending is ultimately optimistic, and in the whimsical `The Grounding of Tiffany Hope,' a woman's ability to float tugs at her `like a kite on a string.'

Vanessa Gebbie describes Willans' stories as `sharp, original and observant, with a generous helping of humour.' I have to agree. I really enjoyed this collection.


The Friday Gospels
The Friday Gospels
by Jenn Ashworth
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-breaking, funny and technically brilliant, 19 Jan. 2013
This review is from: The Friday Gospels (Hardcover)
This book is heart-breaking, funny and technically brilliant. I was fully immersed in the Leeke family's world and didn't want the novel to end. Having said that, the ending was beautifully handled; I loved the subtle way Ashworth employed sacrifice, atonement and redemption to bring the family together in the final scenes.


The Stone Thrower
The Stone Thrower
by Adam Marek
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional and compelling collection, 14 Jan. 2013
This review is from: The Stone Thrower (Paperback)
The stories in The Stone Thrower are surreal and futuristic, but they are also tender evocations of the fragility of children and the helplessness of parents. Genetically enhanced kids in military uniforms, a superhero dictator, a sick Tamagotchi and a child whose fits can cause tremors are just some of the cast in this compelling and exceptional collection.


New World Fairy Tales
New World Fairy Tales

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, modern fairy tales, 13 Jan. 2013
This collection takes the form of six interviews numbered 4, 9, 15, 17, 27 and 42. Unless the reader has a great memory for numbers, the stories are likely to be remembered as 'The one about...' and this adds to the legendary, apocryphal quality of the collection.

Interview #4 is with Ella Orlando. In a reversal that fits with the modern family, Ella is a good stepmother whose devotion to stepdaughters Cindy and Beth leads to loneliness. A visit to New Orleans for Mardi Gras and an encounter with a bed-bound seamstress who owns several beautiful costumes changes Ella's life. Interview #9 is a darker, more menacing tale of vigilante justice and racism, while Interview #42 imagines a very different way of life for seven New York dwarfs. Each of the stories is told in the first person and Parkin creates authentic, interesting characters who describe their experiences in varied, entertaining language.


Killing Daniel
Killing Daniel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing literary thriller, 23 Oct. 2012
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Killing Daniel is a beautifully written, exciting book. The story takes place in parallel worlds - Tokyo and Manchester - and Dobbs handles the shifts in time and geography with skill and precision. Her prose is beautiful and pacey. I stayed up past midnight to read the final chapters and, as the book hurtled toward its dramatic close, I was pleased to encounter an ending that was both terrifying and hopeful.


Somewhere Else, or Even Here
Somewhere Else, or Even Here
by A J Ashworth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short stories, 12 Sept. 2012
This collection opens with 'Sometimes Gulls Kill Other Gulls,' a haunting and terrifying story about an encounter between a boy and a girl on a beach (it was longlisted in the 2011 Fish Short Story Prize and the 2011 Short Fiction Competition). The dialogue is authentic and funny, contrasting with the underlying and escalating feeling of menace. 'Sometimes Gulls Kill Other Gulls' is a story that compels the reader to race to the end, only to go back to the beginning to savour the build-up again.

I enjoyed every story in this collection, particularly 'Coconut Shy,' a story laced with desire, embarrassment and innuendo, and 'Rings of Saturn' in which a journalist visits a couple who are about to celebrate their golden anniversary and the gaps between the rings of Saturn become a metaphor for holes in memory. It's a cracking debut collection.


Dark Eden
Dark Eden
by Chris Beckett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.83

4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping page-turner, 21 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Dark Eden (Paperback)
I really enjoyed this book. Chris Beckett transports the reader to the dark world of Eden where he explores the beginnings of a civilization. I especially enjoyed the way Beckett looked at 'truth' and the creation and value of mythology and stories. I would love to see a film of Dark Eden - it would be a spectacular, visual feast. I was really pleased to discover that Beckett is working on a sequel which I will definitely read.


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