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Sweet Thursday (Penguin Modern Classics)
Sweet Thursday (Penguin Modern Classics)
by John Steinbeck
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Sequel, 10 May 2013
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to the lively celebration of the inhabitants of "Cannery Row". John Steinbeck continues his affectionate, mischievous portrait of an American underclass that is seldom considered as fitting material for fiction. The colourful rascals and wayward ladies of the neighborhood decide to marry off their "lonesome" friend Doc but like previous plans for his birthday celebration, they initiate unforeseen consequences. This is great fun : an amusing but compassionate read,written by an observant and emotionally intelligent author.


The Ministry Of Fear: An Entertainment (Vintage Classics)
The Ministry Of Fear: An Entertainment (Vintage Classics)
by Graham Greene
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining? No, disturbing., 9 May 2013
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Anyone who knows the unsettling brave new worlds of Huxley and Orwell will wonder why Graham Greene's contribution to the 1940s literary exploration of fascism and mind-surveillance is not better-known.
This is a novel well-balanced between a good read and a fearful prognosis.


Other Voices, Other Rooms (Penguin Modern Classics)
Other Voices, Other Rooms (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Truman Capote
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A haunting read, reminiscent of Tennessee Williams' plays, 9 May 2013
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of a bizarre time and place. It's about southern USA in the C20th but also more.Capote reveals brittle people in a dreamlike environment. Odd, maybe deviant but compelling.


Of Mice and Men / Cannery Row (Penguin Modern Classics) Book 717
Of Mice and Men / Cannery Row (Penguin Modern Classics) Book 717
by John Steinbeck
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two briliant short storiwes, brimful of generosity, 9 May 2013
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OMM is a brief sketch of humanity and the essential place of friendship to sustain a man.
Cannery Row embraces an underclass usually walked by - and it is lively, anarchistic, kind and hugely entertaining. A hoot!


Burnt Shadows
Burnt Shadows
by Kamila Shamsie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars an ambitious novel, 9 May 2013
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Thought-provoking and compassionate, Shamsie creates links across generations and cultures.
Recommended for anyone who puzzles over historical and contemporary atrocity and terrorism


The Plot Against America
The Plot Against America
by Philip Roth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine, thought-provoking read, 18 April 2013
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Less prickly than Roth's earlier novels, this offers a good read, a fascinating exercise in historical hypothesis, a vivid portrait of a mid Twentieth-century Jewish childhood and a parable about human nature. Recommended.


The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year
The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year
by Sue Townsend
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 18 April 2013
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this novelist is hilarious and pinpoint accurate on modern times but the interest palled midway through, unfortunately. Reviews had led me to expect more.


Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times
Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times
by Neil Astley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.95

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Special Book for Special Occasions, 18 April 2013
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I gave this book as a wedding present.
It isn't on any Wedding List that I know of but it's inspiration, provocative ideas and beauty will survive years longer than any toaster.

Every home with a reader in it should have one, to stir up the grey cells..


Being Alive : the sequel to Staying Alive
Being Alive : the sequel to Staying Alive
by Neil Astley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Give this to Anyone Who can Read, 18 April 2013
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and give them a really provocative selection of poems to dip into anytime, any day.
This is testament to the creativity of the human spirit, the power of words and poetry's special magic.


Karl Jenkins: The Peacemakers (Digipack)
Karl Jenkins: The Peacemakers (Digipack)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Peacemakers - not for the belligerent!, 18 April 2013
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This product is excellent - the accompanying booklet is beautifully illustrated and enlightens the music - which is fantastic.

Karl Jenkins has created an inspired modern piece, made up of a variety of complementary parts, some extremely beautiful.
The concept is a brilliant antidote to contemporary times.
Uplifting.


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