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Sightings
Sightings
by Elisabeth Sennitt Clough
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This rarest of gifts, 21 Dec. 2016
This review is from: Sightings (Paperback)
In between the neat black letters on the white pages of Elisabeth Sennit Clough’s collection of poems, Sightings, crawl glowing beasts and scaled monsters, the ghost of a father, a fire-haired mother and the “small pink son she gave away”, as well as a brute of a stepfather. The poet tells of girls so inconsequential their own mothers forget about them and boys with small gold hairs like tinsel on their arms. She brings her subjects alive through her use of rich sensory imagery and lines that are so precise they make your heart ache. This the kind of poetry you can’t help walking away from with gooseflesh all over your body for its honesty, its rawness and the poet’s disarming willingness to bare all. Sennit Clough, as she states so eloquently herself in The Glass Collar, brings her childhood to therapy in this collection of unforgiving poems. In Threshold, the art teacher remarks that the girl’s art contains a subtle anger, but there’s nothing subtle about Sennit Clough’s anger. And yet, at the same time, it’s fragile too, ready to break into a thousand shards at any moment, like the glass collar in the poem by the same name. In the title poem, Sightings, she tells of a peacock that is the rarest of gifts. Sennit Clough’s collection is just such a peacock, the rarest of gifts, one you cannot walk away from unchanged.


The Comet Seekers
The Comet Seekers
by Helen Sedgwick
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.09

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exquisitely fragile, 25 Aug. 2016
This review is from: The Comet Seekers (Hardcover)
I was lucky enough to be given a proof copy of Helen’s debut novel a couple of months before it came out. I had no idea, really, what to expect. I settled down excitedly, like I do with all new books, and let it wash over me.
The Comet Seekers is a story built up with such care and fragility, you feel at times that if you breathe too hard you’ll blow the whole thing over. I don’t mean this in a negative sense, it has the same type of exquisiteness as Tennessee William’s The Glass Menagerie.
It’s the tale of two people, Roison and Franscois, but simultaneously it’s also the story of one family stretching back centuries, that’s told only at moments when there is a comet in the sky. Astronomy, ancient crafts and, unexpectedly enough, science, are woven together into a book you cannot put down. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt the compulsion to neglect everything and everyone around me and just read right through to the end. The story is well-crafted, the voice original and the premise excellent. This is a book I can recommend with conviction.


When Love is Not Enough: A Guide to Parenting with RAD - Reactive Attachment Disorder
When Love is Not Enough: A Guide to Parenting with RAD - Reactive Attachment Disorder
by Nancy Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.53

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars this book is a terrible example of the quality of self-published books, 6 Jan. 2016
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Firstly this book is written for parents of children up to twelve, younger if possible. Nowhere is this stated until you have paid for the book and have it in your hands. Secondly, this book is a terrible example of the quality of self-published books. The lay-out is terrible, spelling mistakes and incorrect grammar abound and, for some inexplicable reason, the author found it necessary to put pictures of teddy bears and kittens all over the place. What is that about? It's terribly American, with American jokes and American go-get-'em drive all over the place. There are several children's testimonies of how successful this approach is, but the testimonies are obviously written by the author herself - the vocabulary of all the children is identical and the language is far too sophisticated for children of these ages to use. A very frustrating book for adult/parents/foster parents sitting with a serious problem on their hands. Don't waste your money. There will be good books out there on this subject, but this isn't one of them.


Noble: The Secret of the Sacred Mountain
Noble: The Secret of the Sacred Mountain
Price: £3.26

4.0 out of 5 stars Good old-fashioned adventure, 5 Jun. 2015
Well told, a good old facshioned adventure story that kids and adults alike will love. Lots of imagination.


The Night Rainbow
The Night Rainbow
by Claire King
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, fragile story, 12 Jan. 2014
This review is from: The Night Rainbow (Paperback)
This story, told through the eyes of five-year-old Pea, is told with tenderness and fragility. She stays positive, in the way that children do, even though her whole world is crumbling to pieces around her. She doesn't realise the seriousness of her situation. Her father has recently died and her heavily pregnant mother spirals into depression and has stopped taking care of her daughter. Pea eats what she finds and runs around the meadows of Southern France like a wild child until and elderly neighbour, Claude, and his dog, Merlin, take pity on her and provide her with some care of sorts.
Pea has a four-year-old sister, Margot, who accompanies her on all her adventures. Though the reader realises there is something not quite right about Margot, when the truth is finally revealed, it is incredibly clever and touching at the same time.
There are very few adult novels in which children play an important role, let alone the lead role. Yet Pea wins the reader's heart right at the very beginning and doesn't let go all the way to the end. A lovely and original protagonist.
This book should definitely be recognised for the jewel that it is and deserves to be very widely read.


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