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Maggie & Me
Maggie & Me
by Damian Barr
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maggie and Me, 5 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Maggie & Me (Hardcover)
This memoir is very real – it’s frank, and matter-of-fact. A childhood that, in this case, was very difficult. As the title suggests it touches on the way Margaret Thatcher, and the life she imposed on Britain, touched a life. But it doesn’t focus on that. Don’t imagine it is a book about her. Rather, it is about a life of someone who has made that life worthwhile, and successful, in the present day, but who had to travel a rough road to get there.
Because of its nature I found it difficult to admit to liking it as much as I did. It feels wrong, somehow; as though I’m admitting pleasure from knowing about another’s hardships. But Damian Barr writes in the perfect way: presenting his story without bitterness or sentimentality, and speaking with a forgiving voice. Because of this, the reader can have no trouble indulging in this lovely piece of writing, supporting its hero all the way, taking the extreme brutality of those early days with a grave nod, and subsequently grinning wildly at the knowledge that Barr is writing it from the life he always wanted. So, somehow, he rose above what tried to bring him down.
A wonderful flowing prose and a sparkling intelligence; this is a talented writer. His world is brought to life as his message is conveyed. Where they’re unnecessary, the details aren’t dwelt upon. The story of a life moves with an interesting pace, every moment is of great importance, stimulating sympathy and reflection, and often shining with a warm sense of humour.
It is particularly interesting, too, when speaking of Maggie. Whether you support her or not, it manages to make you think a little. If life was difficult, you came through, and if you know you shouldn’t agree with her, but feel just something in the way of sympathy, that’s okay. Something about her reassured you, and you don’t mind admitting it.
It’s a beautiful memoir, and a book that is so worth a read.

Swept Up In Blue
Swept Up In Blue
Price: £0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Swept Into It, 1 May 2013
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This review is from: Swept Up In Blue (Kindle Edition)
This story was just a perfectly enjoyable read. Refreshingly, it didn't rely on anything too explicit or heavy to try to hold interest, though what it did have was indeed very nice and well written. It had a great flow, was very readable and was just the length it needed to be.

Evil under the Sun (Poirot)
Evil under the Sun (Poirot)
by Agatha Christie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Christie, 5 Sept. 2012
This is a really enjoyable Agatha Christie book. The setting is wonderful and feels very real, the characters are very interesting and diverse, and of course the plot, and solution to the mystery, is naturally excellent. Overall this is a very, very good read.

A Blunt Instrument
A Blunt Instrument
by Georgette Heyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Marvellous Book, 5 Sept. 2012
This review is from: A Blunt Instrument (Paperback)
This was my first Georgette Heyer, and I can't wait to read more! The plot is interesting and clever, and the prose is stylish and witty. The characters - some original, some slightly clichéd - are all good in their own right. The book is unique, and simply a really enjoyable read.

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