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The Confession of Stella Moon
The Confession of Stella Moon
Price: £3.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative, creepy, intriguing, page-turning, original, 9 July 2016
This book is evocative, creepy, dark, intriguing and a damn good read. Oozing 1970s Geordie atmosphere, and featuring taxidermy, a seance, a dodgy social worker and a seriously unsavoury baddie, Stella herself stands out as an unforgettable character who draws you into her story, and that of the unspeakable family secret that will not remain buried forever. Highly original.


And When I Die
And When I Die
Price: £3.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Topical and perfectly paced, 13 Jun. 2016
This review is from: And When I Die (Kindle Edition)
A perfectly paced chiller of a book, in which the action never lets up. It's topical, too, featuring an undercover cop gone rogue and dealing with the consequences of an illicit relationship. We see his ex's point of view and his, still intertwined, but each focused on the immediate danger: one furious, vengeful and deadly man. Fast and full of action.


The Dead Don't Boogie
The Dead Don't Boogie
Price: £3.47

5.0 out of 5 stars Dead scary – and dead funny, 3 Jun. 2016
Dead scary, but dead funny too. This is a dark book with a hard-core plot full of twists and turns and a big body count. But it's also the funniest book I've read for ages, and it had me literally laughing out loud very frequently. Top holiday reading recommendation!


Bad Samaritan
Bad Samaritan
by Michael J. Malone
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast & full of twists, 20 May 2016
This review is from: Bad Samaritan (Paperback)
If you like a fast, twisty, thrilling crime novel, and you want some authentic characters and dialogue to carry the story along, look no further. As a bonus, there are lots of funny bits of dialogue, so there are laughs here too. Make no mistake though, it's no comedy!

This is a great read, and for me, definitely Malone's best yet. Alessandra in particular is a strong and very real character (McBain & Kenny, too), and of course Weegies will love the Glasgow setting. So, yes, don't cross the road. Get the book and read it: you won't regret it!


The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District
The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District
by James Rebanks
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.89

5.0 out of 5 stars A good shepherd, 19 May 2016
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I love this memoir – not sure why Amazon is suggesting I review it again because I'm sure I've already given it 5 stars. Hey ho, then. 10 it is. I would dock a star or two for the hype and the new illustrated version pushing the same writing somewhat aggressively, but that's another story.

If you love the Lake District and haven't read this yet, you're missing out. Highly recommended.


Glasgow: Mapping the City
Glasgow: Mapping the City
by John Moore
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Attractive book, made a good gift, 19 May 2016
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A lovely book, bought as a gift for a recently qualified architect who was very happy to receive it. The mapping is good (of course) and very interesting, especially when you know the city well and can see how it's developed. It's also nicely produced and designed.


Expecting: The Inner Life of Pregnancy
Expecting: The Inner Life of Pregnancy
by Chitra Ramaswamy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for all human beings who started out life in a mother's body, 19 May 2016
Quite simply one of the most engaging, moving, surprising reads I've come across for some time.Unlike other pregnancy books, this one seeks to get to the heart of what it's actually like to be expecting… moving from uncertainties and disbelief through the epic ups and downs on the way to giving birth. How it feels, in all its rollercoaster glory, with the queasiness, guilt and fears as well as the (hormonally enhanced) joys that come with contemplating imminent new life. This is not a book telling you what to do or how you should make yourself into the perfect vessel for Baby's 24/7 well-being. There are plenty of those already. This has so much more to say (even though of course many women will want the instructional books too). It's just that this is the one that will reach your soul, and that you'll remember. And that your partner should read too (and will enjoy).
While it's obviously true that pregnancy is an everyday occurrence, the emotional impact is profound and life-changing, the beginning of a completely new phase of life. There has been plenty of good and valuable writing about women's experiences of infertility, miscarriage and stillbirth over the last decade or two, yet surprisingly little on a living, breathing, kicking, heart-beating pregnancy. Why is that? Well, now here it is: sensitive, absorbing, even thrilling. And there's no earth-mother gloating in sight, either, so it's perfectly appropriate, useful and interesting for those trying to decide whether they want to embark on parenthood (and even people struggling with fertility issues) to read.
Essential reading for all human beings who started out life in a mother's body.


The Jewel
The Jewel
by Catherine Czerkawska
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true gem, 18 May 2016
This review is from: The Jewel (Paperback)
I completely agree with "zabe" that this is a must-read, and especially for anyone interested in Burns or in Scotland in the period. But it's also a love story told through the eyes of the woman, giving an all-too-rare perspective on the time and place, the society Jean and Rab lived in, and telling the story of Burns himself from an alternative viewpoint. More than a romance, this novel tells a story that feels very real (and is anyway based in truth), with a refreshing degree of sympathy for both the main characters.

It would perhaps have been easier to write the story of this marriage casting Burns simply as the philandering husband who neglected his wife whilst chasing flighty younger women throughout their married years. Yet what emerges from all the research is a man who, though unfaithful probably even by the standards of the time, was nevertheless a loving family man who clearly adored Jean, and who respected her despite his roving eye, and who always returned to her and cared for her. Jean herself feels very real as a character, and a strong, spirited person – indeed, as well as being his muse, she was the rock who allowed Burns to create such a lasting legacy in poetry and song.
Highly recommended.


Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping good read, even today, 30 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: Jane Eyre (Kindle Edition)
Finally got round to reading this again, in advance of the bicentennial, and curious as to how it would seem after having seen various screen adaptations since first reading it as a schoolgirl.

I loved it – and although some of the passages are a bit uncomfortable from today's perspective, you've got to admire Charlotte for her incredible achievements at the time she was writing. It's a damn good story (with a few odd bits in. Like the fortune teller - weird! And as for Bertha, I'm just not going there.)


Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything
Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, 30 Jan. 2016
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Insightful, extremely well written, timely and an excellent read. Most of us read on this sort of topic to better understand someone in our own family or close circle. This book is a fine read even if you're not specifically looking to find out more about dementia.

Spoiler: you'll be needing a hankie.


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