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The Last Days of Leda Grey
The Last Days of Leda Grey
by Essie Fox
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.08

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... so this is not unbiased but I would have loved The Last Days of Leda Grey whoever had written ..., 29 Nov. 2016
Essie Fox is a dear friend so this is not unbiased but I would have loved The Last Days of Leda Grey whoever had written it. The characters - exquisite, sexy, ill-starred Leda, her vulnerable, cross-dressing brother Theo, lost soul journalist Ed Peters, sinister American film director Charles Beauvoir and others - are drawn with such conviction, sympathy and imagination that the reader is drawn deep into their world.
The heady days and excitement of the early years of the silent film industry are beautifully and authoritatively rendered. This is a novel that one reads with the heart, the mind and the eyes; the crumbling clifftop house on the south coast, the aged Leda, and the sets, costumes, props and passions of her youth all spring from the page so vividly it's as if the reader is immersed in a cracklingly beautiful and atmospheric silent film. Ed's mysterious encounters with Leda and the conjuring of the 1970s are equally enjoyable and satisfying.
Leda's cursed beauty, her early losses and the catastrophic chain of events triggered by the entry of Charles Beauvois into her life and heart are thrillingly told in the course of this fast-moving and immersive story.


The Undertaker's Daughter
The Undertaker's Daughter
by Kate Mayfield
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written memoir of a childhood that proves truth to ..., 1 Sept. 2014
Beautifully written memoir of a childhood that proves truth to be stranger than fiction. Kate Mayfield creates a scrupulous, vivid and rich evocation of growing up over the funeral parlour, as the daughter of undertaker Frank Mayfield. As well as telling the family’s own extraordinary story, the book provides a rich evocation of people, place and local politics in a small southern town of a vanished America. A richly rewarding read.


Absolutely Barking: Adventures in Dog Ownership
Absolutely Barking: Adventures in Dog Ownership
by Michele Hanson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and enjoyable, 20 Jun. 2013
Michele Hanson's unique blend of wit, humour and self-knowledge makes this book a joy to read, even for the non-doggy. Highly recommended!


Elijah's Mermaid
Elijah's Mermaid
Price: £1.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich and dark Gothic world, 30 April 2013
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This review is from: Elijah's Mermaid (Kindle Edition)
Elijah's Mermaid is the dark and complex story of Pearl, rescued from the water as a baby after the drowning of her mother and brought up in a Thames-side brothel called the House of Mermaids. Pearl's fate is entwined with that of orphaned twins Lily and Elijah in this richly imagined evocation of the dark side of Victorian society. The gloom of the grotto, the lily-sweet stench of the brothel and a horrifying madhouse are all wonderfully evoked, alongside a cast of characters that includes the whiskered menace of Tip Thomas, best ever literary pimp.


Wonder Girls
Wonder Girls
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonder-ful read, 10 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Wonder Girls (Kindle Edition)
A beautifully written and unique story, partly about early sporting 'wonder girls' - swimmer Ida Gaze, in this case, but giving a tender exploration of the lives of women, over time, the implications of choices made and not made, the unsettling legacy of silence, the constrictions of small town life. The novel is full of wit, truth and a watchful intelligence, and the different eras of the 20th century vividly evoked. I was sorry to finish it.


Fern Fever: The Story of Pteridomania
Fern Fever: The Story of Pteridomania
by Sarah Whittingham
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fern Fever, 24 Feb. 2012
A thoroughly-researched, witty and fascinating wander around Victorian England, through the medium of ferns. Sarah Whittingham's book is wonderfully illustrated, comprehensive in its scope, and her enthusiasm for her subject animates every page. The collectors, the cultivators and the place of ferns in the imagination and culture of the late Victorians all spring vividly to life. A brilliant present for yourself or another.


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