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Great Continental Railway Journeys
Great Continental Railway Journeys
by Michael Portillo
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.94

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing from start to finish, 17 Dec. 2015
One might have expected a book claiming to act as a 'companion' to a TV series would have made at least a token attempt to add new material or insights. In fact it's just a static print version of the screened content and utterly underwhelming as a result. The continued lack of clear and legible maps of each journey, especially following the fully justified feedback from previous editions, is a disgrace. I too bought this as an intended gift but its quality makes that impossible. A lazy, cynical product of which all connected should be thoroughly ashamed. Poor value even at 25% of the cover price.


What Not to Expect When You're Expecting
What Not to Expect When You're Expecting
by Zoe Williams
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Whoopee, 16 Dec. 2013
Yet another strident Guardian journalist has a child and is under the impression it's a world first. The customary shallow, self-absorbed tripe.


The Reluctant Bride: One Woman's Journey (Kicking and Screaming) Down the Aisle
The Reluctant Bride: One Woman's Journey (Kicking and Screaming) Down the Aisle
by Lucy Mangan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

7 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh spare us ..., 22 May 2010
Overrated Guardian journalist, still discovering the inelusive arts of writing, balanced judgement and personal maturity, tells the unremarkable story of her wedding. The worst example of (very) minor chick-celeb porn.


Saturday
Saturday
by Ian McEwan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cliche Heaven, 13 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Saturday (Paperback)
McEwan's prose is a rare gift but I do wonder if it isn't time it started being put to better use.

This window on the life of a tedious, smug and self-regarding London family essentially replaces plot with cliche. We've got it all - the daughter who 'read English at Oxford', the son who 'works in New York', the converted farmhouse in France, the Mercedes .... I would not have believed this author's frames of reference were so disappointingly narrow.

And I do wonder if the description of a simple squash game should not perhaps occupy a tad less space than what passes for the dramatic climax of the story (don't hold your breath, though).

If you're the type who can't wait to devour the Daily Telegraph on Saturdays, this book will gently soothe your aspirations and offer you something mildly diverting to ponder.

Otherwise, stay well away.


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