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Beside Myself
Beside Myself
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Started off well...., 6 April 2016
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This review is from: Beside Myself (Kindle Edition)
I loved the premise of this book about two twins who swap places for a game and then one of them refuses to swap back. I found this part of the story interesting and well written. However 2/3s of the way through the book I totally lost interest in the story. 'Smudge's' story (about how she came to be the woman we meet early on the book) was long and rambling and to be honest I found it boring. I ended up skim reading the rest just so I could finish it. Shame, as it started so well.


The Butcher's Hook: Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016
The Butcher's Hook: Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016
by Janet Ellis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £4.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars, 29 Mar. 2016
I have quite low expectations when it comes to books these days. Most of the time if I read a glowing review the book is never as good as promised. However, I read a few interesting reviews of this book so thought I would give it a go. The fact that Janet Eliis wrote it slightly put me off to be honest, which in hindsight was unfair! I thought this was excellently written and gives us one of the most interesting female characters I have encountered in fiction. Anne knows what she wants and goes out to get it, very unusual for Georgian times I would imagine! The journey Anne goes on to get what she wants, gets darker and darker. It does get gruesome at times and it's hard to like her. I really enjoyed it. I noticed on the back of the book that Janet Ellis went on a creative writing course... It clearly was a good course!


The First Bad Man
The First Bad Man
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bonkers!, 14 Dec. 2015
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I loved this book. Despite some of the bad reviews I gave it a go and was hooked from the start. The main character is bonkers and this is hilariously written. You literally cannot predict what is going to happen next. If you want to read a book that is a bit different (I like a different kind of book- usually Magnus Mills, Dan Rhodes, Murakami type stuff) then you will really enjoy it!


Under The Skin
Under The Skin
by Michel Faber
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for those with a sensitive disposition!, 26 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Under The Skin (Paperback)
I wanted to review this book to warn sensitive people like me. Spoilers!! I know I'm a bit of a wuss but after watching the film I was interested in reading the book. The first chapter hooked me straight away, I thought it was very well written and I was fascinated with Isserley. When she catches the men and injects them you think they may be dead. The truth is much, much worse! Their fate is literally worse than death. I don't want to go into too much detail but when the men's fate is revealed I found it absolutely horrifying. So much so that I have lain awake for a few nights thinking about it!! I have actually had to abandon the book half way through because it's freaked me out so much. Pathetic I know but just wanted to warn other people!


CONVERSE Baby Hat & Sock Set (0-6 Months) - Grey
CONVERSE Baby Hat & Sock Set (0-6 Months) - Grey
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Price: £9.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely gift, 13 Oct. 2014
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I bought this as a gift for my friend's baby shower. She absolutely loved it and so did everyone else there. Great gift! Postage was also very quick.


The Hopeless Life Of Charlie Summers
The Hopeless Life Of Charlie Summers
by Paul Torday
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from Paul Torday, 6 Aug. 2010
I just love this author. The story has been explained well by other reviewers so I won't describe it myself. If you like your books with a simple plot, with humour and a touch of the 'strange' then Paul Torday is for you! My favourite of his so far is The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce. Apparently he was 60 when his first book (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) was published, I really hope he has lots more books left in him!


The White Family
The White Family
by Maggie Gee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Riddled with clichés, 24 Sept. 2009
This review is from: The White Family (Paperback)
I am shocked at all the good reviews at this book so had to add my own opinion. I'm sure my view will be unpopular. I thought 'The White Family' started off well and I agree some parts of it are beautifully written (which is the only reason I gave it two stars). BUT - I have never read a book with so many obvious racist stereotypes and clichés... The racist father, who guess what.... his daughter ends up dating black men, the son who is a closet gay who guess what... has gay black porn in his bedroom. Please - how obvious.

Some of the lines I had to laugh out loud (when I'm sure I wasn't meant to) and in the end I skim read it to finish it quickly. It was blatantly obvious the youngest son was going to commit a race crime - and guess what he did.

No surprises here at all. My opinion is - don't bother.


American Wife
American Wife
by Curtis Sittenfeld
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars American Wife, 10 Sept. 2009
This review is from: American Wife (Paperback)
I have never been so engrossed in the start of a book - and I read a lot of books! I sat down intending to read a few pages but ended staying up really late and reading the whole first section in one sitting. It is so well written, each character is fascinating - Alice of course, but also her Grandma, Dena, Andrew and lots more.

I have to agree the second half of the book isn't as good but it still kept me reading on. I liked Alice and of course I am wondering how much of her story is the same as Laura Bush's!


Lady Anna (Oxford World's Classics)
Lady Anna (Oxford World's Classics)
by Anthony Trollope
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 7 Jan. 2009
I was totally swept away with this book. I wish there was a better phrase for `I couldn't put it down' but for the moment I can't think of one.

I have never read Anthony Trollope before and when choosing my first novel to read of his I chose the shortest one. I am not scared by big novels but I thought this was best. I am so glad I did and will hopefully be progressing to his huge tomes later this year!

It took me a while to get into Trollope's style but once I did I was literally transfixed. It is amazing how the simple premise of a woman torn between two men (although it is more complicated than that obviously) can be written about in such beautiful detail. Until the end I was unsure as to whom she would go with and the found the whole tale totally gripping. Anna is an amazing woman - especially for 1874! The relationship she has with Mother is fascinating as well. All I can say is don't waste any time - buy it and read it!


Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Persephone Classics)
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Persephone Classics)
by Winifred Watson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A feel good book!, 14 Oct. 2008
This really was a lovely read and leaves you with a big smile on your face at the end. I won't go over the plot, as so many other reviewers have described it so well already. Suffice to say that Miss Pettigrew starts the day as one person and ends it as another.

It just goes to show you what can happen in the space of one day!


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