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Oh Marina Girl
Oh Marina Girl
Price: £4.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Ha! Mr Original., 18 May 2015
This review is from: Oh Marina Girl (Kindle Edition)
Slick and brilliant, this is a fast page-turner, but it's one you may well have to go back through and figure out whether and where you missed some clues. It seems that each chapter turns the last, or something previous, on its head. The more you read and re-read it, every word seems to be precise and perfect. It's so good that it just goes on getting better and better each time you appreciate some detail that passed you by on the first go.

This one is a timeless cult classic, a complete one-off, and hugely entertaining. Hats off to Mr Original. Ha!


The Storm
The Storm
by Neil Broadfoot
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, furious and stormy, 7 May 2015
This review is from: The Storm (Paperback)
If you thought it couldn't get any faster than Falling Fast, try The Storm. It's faster, furiouser and stormy as hell. From its hard-hitting, explosive opening through a twisty and gritty plot, watch out – you're in for some heavy weather. The kind of weather you might find in Edinburgh, Fife and Skye, some of the settings this book blasts through.

Not for the faint-hearted! But essential reading for all Tartan Noir fans.


The Madness of July
The Madness of July
Price: £3.79

3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but a bit ho-hum, 29 Mar. 2015
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Not bad, but it's obvious why this book has been given so much exposure. It's more related to the fame of the author than the quality of the book – and it's unlikely the book would have made it to publication if Joe Bloggs had written it.

Having said that, clearly the author's authoritative in terms of knowing his subject matter, so that helped. It's just a bit, well, underwhelming.


For Faughie's Sake
For Faughie's Sake
Price: £3.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Fast Satire, 29 Mar. 2015
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Fun, feisty, surprising. Fast, furious, side-splitting (sometimes, anyway). Farcical (here and there), funky, satirical. In short, pretty much like Laura Marney's other books. If you like her unvarnished take on the human condition, with funny lines that are never mean-spirited but usually quite close to the bone, this one's for you.


H is for Hawk
H is for Hawk
by Helen Macdonald
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 29 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: H is for Hawk (Hardcover)
Like pretty much all the other readers, I loved this book. Hardly surprising, given that I am a big fan of nature and nature-related writing. There's not much I can add so I'll just suggest that you add it straight to the TBR pile, if you haven't already.


The Last Treasure Hunt
The Last Treasure Hunt
by Jane Alexander
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sting, long before the tail, 29 Mar. 2015
This review is from: The Last Treasure Hunt (Paperback)
There's a huge twist in this cracking novel, not far from the beginning. You think you know what sort of book you're getting into, when BOOM! – it's suddenly not what you were expecting. It's fun being wrong-footed by a twist, but there's more to this novel than a few surprises. There's plenty of comment on our shallow, celebrity obsessed society – or is that the dodgy media? Or is it just our hero/anti-hero?

An accessible read with a great storyline that keeps you turning the pages, this book will also get you thinking. Not so hard that you couldn't read it on the beach, just that you'll remember it long after your holiday is over.

Recommended!


A Death in the Family: My Struggle Book 1 (Knausgaard)
A Death in the Family: My Struggle Book 1 (Knausgaard)
by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic detail, 3 Mar. 2015
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I can see how easily this becomes addictive reading. It's good. Really gripping. But why? Is there a sort of Big Brother thing going on here? I'll be reading further volumes because I've enjoyed it and want to know how K O's life develops. And yet I feel as though it's almost more like a blend of therapy and nostalgia than literature.
Recommended, anyway!


A First Book of Nature
A First Book of Nature
by Nicola Davies
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Nature's finest, 3 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: A First Book of Nature (Paperback)
I'm one of the many fans of this lovely book. I've bought several copies for friends with kids of the appropriate ages (quite a broad age group, too). But I secretly like flipping through it myself!


Paris Kiss
Paris Kiss
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5.0 out of 5 stars For art and love, 3 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Paris Kiss (Kindle Edition)
A very satisfying re-imagining of the young lives of sculptors Jessie Lipscomb and Camille Claudel, who forged a strong bond in the studio of Rodin as they started out on their quest to become artists in their own right. No easy task in the 19th C, despite their prodigious talent and skills, but they had plenty of fun trying, living in the heady atmosphere of Paris, with its risqué haunts and colourful characters. All is well until Camille becomes Rodin's lover – a state of affairs that will be her eventual undoing.

It's not just the story itself but the relationships, choices and dilemmas that are compelling in this novel. You could be forgiven for wondering how much has really changed, in some ways. Women's friendships coming under threat from the jealousies of love affairs, and their work taken less seriously than that of their male colleagues.

A lovely book, and especially a good one for holiday reading.


The Four Marys: A Quartet of Contemporary Folk Tales
The Four Marys: A Quartet of Contemporary Folk Tales
Price: £4.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Myth, music, magic, 17 Jan. 2015
These novellas are haunting and passionate, credible but magical, moving from the joyful to the dark side, sometimes in a single blow. From the retelling of a long-standing selkie legend to a surprising story linking a modern woman with the ladies-in-waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots, whose story she is researching – these are engaging stories, well told. Motherhood comes through as a connecting theme, but it's seen from very different perspectives through the eyes of our four Marys (Mariana, Mhairi, Mara, Mercedes).


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